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Hello Timbaland, it’s good to hear you again old friend.
January 21, 2011


Welcome back my dude, I actually lost hope for a while.  But now it seems your back!

I was always a HUGE die-hard fan of Tim's production.  When I first heard his work on Petey Pablo's "Raise Up" I was immediately trying to find out who did the track.  When I did,  I bought the "Life From the Bassment" album without hesitation and listened, then listened and listened again.  I caught a lot of flack for owning that album. 

With cuts like "To My", "Put Em On","Who am I" and "John Blaze" the album stayed in rotation.  So when Welcome to Our World dropped I was more than happy to throw down the $18 for the album and just like the previous album, I enjoyed most of that album and kept it on repeat.  Tracks like "15 After Da Hour", "Smoke In Da Air", "Writtin Rhymes" and "Up Jumps The Boogie" remix.   Followed up by Tim and Magoo's album Indecent Proposal I started to cool off a little, but not much.  The production was still poppin' off, and for a fan like myself Tim covered the bases.  I loved it.  With tracks like "Indian Carpet", "Party People", "Love Me", "Baby Bubba", "In Time", "Considerate Brotha"  Tim pulled in talent from the likes of artists like Jay-Z, Petey Pablo, Tweet and Ms. Jade (remember her?) and others.  They were all definitely bangers, but I couldn't help but notice the overall feeling he was pulling away from his original sound I loved so much.

I could never get enough.  If you would have asked anyone around me who my favorite producer at the time was, it was always this guy.  I would have killed to be a fly on the wall in the studio to see the mad professor cook up his beats.  I was a die-hard fan boy.   To see videos like the one of him in studio with Busta Rhymes got me happy as a school kid on a day off.

So naturally I bought Shock Value.  Needless to say, if you're a fan of Tim's production like I was, you probably cooled off quite a bit on his music.  I let Shock Value II buzz by without even listening to a single track too.  I caught wind of Shock Value III and I didn't even give it a passing thought.  I knew (or thought I did) Tim was beyond all that crazy beat boxing, heavy kick, flip/trip/skip sample style I'd grown to become such a big fan of.  So I didn't even bother.  When he started  #TimbalandThursdays on twitter.  I didn't even bother.  Why would I?

Thinking my appreciation for his music was a complete lost cause, I always wished Tim would give me back that sound that I remember being a fan of, but I never had any faith he'd come back.  I mean after all, it's all about selling records right? It's not about making some reckless music nerd/blogger happy.  It's about selling records right?

Well I don't know what Tim's intention was, but I just heard a this new track he released "Round Da Way Tim" and I can't tell you how exciting it is for me to hear a track like this.  I feel like an old friend just returned from a 8 year sabbatical... have a listen.

Guess I'm going to have to have a listen to Shock Value III and start looking out for #TimbalandThursdays again.  Welcome back Tim! You've definitely made my day.


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