Madonna Gets in the Groove With Timberlake, Timbaland

March 6, 2008

Last spring, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills jetted to London to help craft a new sound for Madonna, who was beginning work on her eleventh studio album. "She wanted up-tempo, dance, club music, and for everything to have a hip-hop...


Madonna's New Album and Video: Exclusive Rolling Stone Preview

February 15, 2008

Madonna has managed to keep most details about her still-untitled follow-up to 2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor (due April 29th) under wraps, but Rolling Stone got an early listen to five tracks today and some behind-the-scenes info from producer Nate...



Kanye vs. 50 Cent

September 6, 2007

Three months ago, 50 Cent and Kanye West met up to listen to each other's albums. "50 said 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' was his favorite song, so I said, 'OK, that's my first single,'" says Kanye. "We push each other. Biggie used to do that. He'd go over and...


Justin Timberlake Wows at MSG

March 8, 2007

Between the third song ("My Love") and the fourth ("Señorita") of his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, Justin Timberlake gathered his band at the center of the 360-degree stage for a celebratory drink. He downed a shot and shuddered. "I...

Album Review

Timbaland Presents Shock Value

April 2, 2007

Timbaland can do whatever he wants. After the great hip-hop producer's huge year in 2006, everyone and your grandmother wants to work with him. And on Shock Value, almost everyone does: 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, the Hives and Elton John...


Song Review

"Give It to Me"

December 14, 2006

A leaked cut from Timbaland's upcoming solo album, "Give It to Me" is a moderately catchy tune with a Timbabeat that balances clubby sleekness and tweety synths with pumped-up clip-clop percussion. Timberlake sing-raps a snaky melody in a big, powerful...

Song Review


August 10, 2006

For the first single from a pop superstar's new album, the Timbaland-produced "SexyBack" is as odd as it gets – a thunderstorm of synth pulses underneath Timberlake vocals rendered alien by pitch-shifting, distortion and Lance Bass knows what else....



MTV Awards Fail to Suck

October 2, 2003

When the annual MTV glitzfest of the Video Music Awards begins with Britney slipping Madonna some Louisiana tongue, you can feel certain that your night in front of the TV is going to be quality time. Indeed, this year's VMAs had many moments of greatness,...


Album Review


November 28, 2002

Justin has risked so much, girl, to have your business. The teen-pop movement has been filing toward the cliff of adulthood; as we watch, each adorable entertainer either falls or makes it to the other side. Britney Spears completed the jump by a hair...



Timbaland Launches Label

September 7, 2001

"I'm a great producer, so people need me more than I need them," boasts Timbaland, who is building a roster for his new Beat Club label, an imprint of Interscope Records. The Norfolk, Virginia, producer behind bouncy hit albums by Missy Elliott, Aaliyah,...



Beck and Timbaland's Bowie Cover

October 26, 2000

It reminds me of somethin' you'd hear in a cartoon, somethin' ill," says hip-hop honcho Timbaland of his collaboration with Beck, an interstellar freakout version of David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs." Recorded for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge,...


Album Review

Tim's Bio: From The Motion Picture Life From Da Bassment

December 10, 1998

You know those stories where there are two equally talented brothers, but then something goes awry and one turns bad while the other remains good? Here's another. Robert Diggs (the RZA) and Tim Mosley (Timbaland) are among the few modern sound makers...