In American music today, no producer is bigger than Timbaland. He has charted numerous careers, recently propelling Justin Timberlake into the top drawer and putting Nelly Furtado’s career back on the rails.
I’ve been massively enjoying his much awaited solo album – Shock Value. Despite the fact that through the course of the album you keep tripping through a list of marquee artists, it is very much a producer’s album – full of delightful little sonic pleasures and brainy-rapper attitude.
“Kill Yourself” (featuring Sebastian & Attitude) is a personal favorite. But the juiciest song is the first single – “Give It To Me” – featuring Timberlake and Furtado, both of whom enjoy a coveted seat in Timbaland’s inner circle of friends. Each sings a verse (Furtado anchors the song) and goes dissin on a personal nemesis.
Timberlake, however, does the best hatchet job, going after (reportedly) Prince for taking a swipe at Timberlake’s “Sexyback” – widely (and reluctantly by the artist himself) regarded as an iconic song.
Lyrics for the joyously bitchy track here.