Is Timbaland a Thief?


Accusations of beat-stealing are piling up against legendary hip-hop producer Timbaland. "Do It," a song he produced for Nelly Furtado's 2006 album Loose, sounds remarkably similar to "Acid Jazzed Evening" a song recorded in 2000 by Finnish artist Tempest. Watch the detailed comparison below.

Has Timbaland done something wrong?

EXTRA CREDIT: Watch another clip parsing the evolution of Timbaland's beat. Did he first pilfer it as a ringtone? Then see self-described Wikipedia editor Subversive Librarian explain the differences between sampling and ripping someone off.

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