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How Timbaland Revolutionized R&B + Hip-Hop and then Reinvented Himself After Addiction | Blueprint

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A master of rhythm and melody, Timbaland always knew he had a gift when it came to music. He'd put it to good use in producing a number of groundbreaking works for the likes of Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. But with fame came delusion and addiction, which trumped his extreme talent. Now, sober and revitalized, Timb has fallen in love with the art form again and set his sights on a new goal: create a classic that will mark the next chapter in his career, just as Quincy Jones did with Thriller. Subscribe to Complex on YouTube: https://goo.gl/43ac5w Check out more of Complex here: http://www.complex.com https://twitter.com/Complex https://www.facebook.com/complex http://instagram.com/complex https://plus.google.com/+complex/ COMPLEX is a community of creators and curators, armed with the Internet, committed to surfacing and sharing the voices and conversations that define our new America. Our videos exemplify convergence culture, exploring topics that include music, sneakers, style, sports and pop culture through original shows and Complex News segments. Featuring your favorite celebrities, authoritative commentary, and a unique voice, our videos make culture pop.
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telliotb (13 hours ago)
1 of my greatest inspirations when it comes to making beats...
maciej wrotek (4 days ago)
i liked him in superbawl commercial
Dominic Wilson (4 days ago)
How come he didn’t touch more on 100% Ginuwine? Man classic
tmason995 (6 hours ago)
Not according to timbaland and the pop culture critics.
Dominic Wilson (6 hours ago)
It did pretty well actually
tmason995 (6 hours ago)
I guess because it didn't sell too well
VineNinja (4 days ago)
Have u realized Timbaland looks a bit like Quincy Jones. Take a close look
QuoteZ (5 days ago)
Wch god is he talking to
Scrimpy Gore (11 days ago)
All time great producer
UA (13 days ago)
They all wanna know how we do what we do, natural rhythm in tune with the Earth, we're the closest to the innate rhythm, whereas many are too far removed from their natural balance. Hence why the music today sounds the way it does, its not made by the melanted peoples
Alfred S. (17 days ago)
total out of content, but dindt know where to post, and wanted to honour: what so ever, you are very charsimatic, when you talk about what you love, and when i listen to some of your records, and i feel you are totally into yourself: 1. "drunk in love" great work Timbaland... never thought someone could produce a great piece of love song for beyonce, cause she isnt that love song soul, and hasnt weither the voice for this ballad stuff... but in this song, only good ears notice, that she isnt really feeling the song, she is really bad in this...though you happen to make it fit and nail it!!..awesome production Mr timberland.. I guess some of the hardest one! I mean not even in the video you see her act as if she feels the song... but you nailed it! Only good ears will hear that incongruency! 2. great recruting fail, "Shakira - Give It Up To Me" great peace of Production Mr Timbaland, though it totally doesnt fit shakira, that latina is so out of that groove content you offer haha..anyway great inspiration... way better as the modern stuff! 3. the stuff you do since then there is no eg.: "Ginuwine - Get Involved" there are no transient left anymore, its so damn ear hurting flat...And timberland to me sounds, yo man theres a hotcrispy inspirational beat going on i never heard.. Love you, you are the greatest producer since 2000 just to mention your the Nelly furtado productions.. but what happened? 4. Jay Z is so introverted, wonder how you were able to find the same speech...though awesome work... cant ever imagine how you are communicating .. haha .. "drunk in love is Your absolute master piecea, though you didnt do it on your own...maybe thats why its so good, because you were networking....awesome!! An artist has great inspiration..but not always...but if he wants to live from his inspiration, the pitty is, he has to be inspirational..and that puts him back...networking is the thing to go foreward as an artist! Do more of that beyonce networking stuff please! Wanna learn from you so bad man!
suriya aryan (20 days ago)
peers man! they're the real foundation to what we are today! <3 Respect! thank you!
Sayay Bauz (20 days ago)
for got maguoo
OKay Dee (24 days ago)
The shit he did n the mid 2000's 2007-2011 he was at his best. Hr changed the sound of pop music during that era.
quick dux (27 days ago)
Thanks for creating this!! I have a suggestion for future videos. When they are referencing songs, beats, etc; what would it take to put a sample of that track in there?
EMINƎM (29 days ago)
16:53
YJMD BEATS (1 month ago)
E mu was were he got that sound from for pony I still got them sounds today crazy
Yesenia A (1 month ago)
You can tell that he were his Timberlands to have Timberland to sign them.
Yesenia A (1 month ago)
Timberland representing Pharrell Williams shoe collab with Adidas. Legends supporting other legends. I'm here for it.😎
Dizzy Dizzy (1 month ago)
This asshat deserves no respect, this was his response to the artist he stole an entire track from. "It makes me laugh. The part I don't understand, the dude is trying to act like I went to his house and took it from his computer. I don't know him from a can of paint. I'm 15 years deep. That's how you attack a king? You attack moi? Come on, man. You got to come correct. You the laughing stock. People are like, 'You can't be serious." Fuck him.
James Ross (1 month ago)
i really appreciate the depth of conversation in this interview its why im alive to hear such intense description i guess the word for it is passion..
King Botte (1 month ago)
i used to know him as the dude who made funny faces in music videos but he a real one
Radio Illuminati (1 month ago)
I should make a beat using Timbo's clothe's "noise". Instant hit!
Fabian McIntyre (1 month ago)
This guy knows how to create quality sound beats. He has the talent to take any music artist in the world, create music sound beat, take a written song, apply the sound beat to their voice, and create great music. From high school to college, I rocked Timbaland’s! music!!!🎶 🎼 🎵
sibusiso Tshabalala (1 month ago)
"I kinda did it.but i didnt do it"😂😂😂😂😂 7 :00 min in clown
Will Hoffman (1 month ago)
you got yourself in it you can get yourself out... wow!!! gems
Amber Luckes (1 month ago)
Imma send money
Amber Luckes (1 month ago)
Gucci
Amber Luckes (1 month ago)
So
Stephanie Young (1 month ago)
Pisces....AF
Dre Day (1 month ago)
Best Producer in the world!
BeaarClaw (2 months ago)
The video was amazing. Timbaland really was at one with himself and talked about a lot of things in goin through too. So I appreciate this video a lot. Hopefully anyone lookin into makin music or whatever it is you want to do don’t let your demons stop you. Together we can do anything and that’s something that hit me. Creating a masterpiece. Anyway that beat in the end was beautiful!
Lloyd Coleman (2 months ago)
Excellent interview.
Amber Luckes (2 months ago)
1:00 timbaland
Trunx Kraft (2 months ago)
WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE BEHIND USING THIS PICTURE FOR THE THUMBNAIL?? OUT OF ALL THE PICTURES HE'S TAKEN.
Magnorphieous The Great (2 months ago)
Nahh this the literal goat
Amir Asyraf (2 months ago)
sexyback 9:08
Evelyna Eva (2 months ago)
This guy is priceless
Photon YT (2 months ago)
*these 25 minutes, recharged my energy. i'm a self made music producer, made 3 songs, got down because of very low exposure, but now i know, music is for your own self, if you are satisfied for yourself, it does not matter how others see it.*
Sava Vukovic (2 months ago)
Acting as fuck.. havent enjoyed interview a bit.. but talent yeah..no doubt..
Chanell J. Wilson (2 months ago)
Never underestimate those Sound Bank Modules and tweaking them... when he talked about Pony....That time was a different sound. Appreciated this
Benhur The1st (2 months ago)
Thumbnail looks like g herbo
Chris Gzz (2 months ago)
Made a beat with some things Tim said that inspired me. Here's the link https://soundcloud.com/christopher-angel-gonzalez-vargas/issa-god-gift
Slawa Hustle (2 months ago)
anyone knows the music in the end of the video ?
Patryk Wasilewski (2 months ago)
I'm so inspired! Dope!
Matthew smith (2 months ago)
Someone needs to edit this so after every question timberland replys by beat boxing just for the meme value.
King Don (2 months ago)
Man this motivate me to work hard in my producer world 🤴🏿🎹🧗🏿‍♂️@nasheone
cap0gna (2 months ago)
wow this man is so likeable. Love him
Vitsdavids Ukwuoma (2 months ago)
This is deep,rich,kinda feel tears of COMEBACK JOY. Tim you are such gift. Big God bless you!
gullbuttqasim (2 months ago)
its look like a interrogation room with a creative criminal :)
Julius Cease (2 months ago)
Anyone know who produced the beat at the end of the video?
AboveEmAllProduction (2 months ago)
THIS INTERVIEWER IS VERY GOOD GIVE HIM A RAISE !
Robert Clayton (2 months ago)
Very cool
dinfluence30 (2 months ago)
1950
Let Go (2 months ago)
What a legend
Pamela Méndez (2 months ago)
He is so brave to show his inner feelings like that with us. That's part of why I love him.
Ave Alwi (2 months ago)
Best music producer ever!
Curtis McLaughlin (2 months ago)
The guy interviewing reminds me of a vampire from twilight 🧛‍♂️
MB Records, Inc. (2 months ago)
Great Interview. Timbaland is one of our favorite producers—always creating and searching for new sounds.
Amber Luckes (2 months ago)
He killed that fat bitch
Brother Tracy Stone (2 months ago)
Anyone else thinks that Timberland is hawt af?
Minlo Wonlin (2 months ago)
Yikes! This interview is awkward: it's apparent that this interviewer has no idea about Timbaland or his background and only his later pop commercial collaborations w/ Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and Jay-Z 😬 Please whomever is in charge of curating this interview: choose a more qualified candidate to interview talent next time.
L B (2 months ago)
I thought cry me a river was Scott Storch???
IamMisterMba (2 months ago)
Love this! This 4:05 is how I feel :)
EMINƎM (2 months ago)
16:50
bob snufflebag (2 months ago)
son of mantronik! that all i got to say! those off beat patterns he did put him on top for his style!! funny how NEW YORK cats in that period lost how to do manual drums on their tracks. timbo made them niggas look like preschoolers!!
Souldust (2 months ago)
Inspiring inner view 🙏🏼💫
Metical (2 months ago)
Would love for him to make another album with Missy. Timbo was ahead of his time and his beats are amazingly intricate compared to the trap sound of today
Hopefully they will release the new Aaliyah in this lifetime.
rgjmg070607 (3 months ago)
I remember that Casio keyboard and I did the same ..speed up the sample to squeeze it in that lil second 😂😂😂
rgjmg070607 (3 months ago)
Y’all got Timbo lookin like Roy Jones Jr in the thumbnail 😂😂😂
Anthony Martinez (3 months ago)
Bruh that beat her made for Nicole wray, that i got what you want.. One of my all time favs
Saint Bizarrë TV (3 months ago)
this motivated me. Thanks Tim i love you for this...
Bianca Polo (3 months ago)
He’s so humble
Simply Bryan (3 months ago)
This video misses one thing...the music being talked about ought to be playing in the background.🤔
Andrew Littleman (3 months ago)
Never liked him after he starting speaking on dre. F*ck Tim. Dre the best producer ever
nerdwithjordans (3 months ago)
Great question with a great answer, 7:17
nerdwithjordans (3 months ago)
A must interview well done with flavor
Kalmar Peter (3 months ago)
Dude got old
Jonas Vanden Broecke (3 months ago)
Can we please get a second season of blueprint? This is the best thing I could find on the internet. This is so interesting! Have a lovely day everyone. Take care
John Vindigni (3 months ago)
My guys really interviewing timbaland wearing timberlands
tabot birhan (3 months ago)
PLAY THE DAMN SAMPLES ..WE ARE HERE FOR HIS MUSIC!!!
Greg C (3 months ago)
I was the lights were on during the interview
Jason Lewis (3 months ago)
Tim is DOPE! Period
Craig Neuvirth (3 months ago)
Thank you Timbaland! I'm dealing with my own substance abuse issues and wondering can I get my shit together before it's to late. When you talked about what T.I. said and how that simple but powerful observation of how God deals with us helped you I needed to hear that.
Basti on GS (3 months ago)
He makes real Music, the Music from today is shit! I miss the 90‘s and 00‘s.
RamjeProductions (3 months ago)
*Yo dawg, the interviewer was even wearing Timberland shoes while interviewing Timbaland.*
sg90 (3 months ago)
Dude look like a junkie on the thumbnail smh
DEEZY DA PAPERBOY (3 months ago)
YOU THINK TIMB READS THE COMMENTS ?
Patrik Hejnár (3 months ago)
Many people know most of the hits were made by DanjaHandz, Storch and other ghost producers. Timbaland is mostly ,,just,, trademark like Mike Will Made It for example. We should pay tribute do Danja instead, not Timbo
Sidney Verzar (3 months ago)
Top producer with a great ear... But i swear he looked high af in this interview...lol
No Chill (3 months ago)
he's high af
ZAAY (3 months ago)
Legend!
Stefan Friguras (3 months ago)
the words desplayed on the screen in the intro of the video inspired me a lot. thanks. also thanks for the word with timba. a true legend.
Mecca Esura (3 months ago)
Lovely interview btw❤️🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🔑
Mecca Esura (3 months ago)
Dang who’s beat is that at the end of the video??? Geeshhh🔥🔥🔥
Kid From Jakarta (3 months ago)
The white boy gotta sit back a little and smile. damnnnn that boy cold
Stav Miguel (3 months ago)
Funny how they got ol white boy in the Timbos. Not just any white boy, but this guy. Beyond reaching and over EXTRA..Fucking so stereotypical I cant with this complex shit anymore un-subscribed. Cornballs
SOÜLA (3 months ago)
He dyed the middle of his beard blonde
Amante Apasionado (3 months ago)
I know exactly what hes talking about when he said god just said "no more" during his addiction. Being an ex heroin addict of 4 years it happened to me. One day god hit me with a feeling and i was like enough is enough and i got some suboxone and detoxed myself and never looked back, that was 5 years ago. Everyone alway says heroin is one of the hardest drug to come off of and it is but, from my experience quitting is the easy battle, staying off of it is the war. If you can stay strong and make it thru the first year, the hard part is over. You will come out the other side noticeably stronger and confident that there aint no obstacle you cant get over and the stresses of life and the thoughts of "how am i gonna get thru this" decline drastically. One good thing that came out of my addiction is that i am stronger and my confidence is higher. I no longer worry about things because "I KNOW" ill be victorious in battle.
Amante Apasionado (2 months ago)
+Walk Out Freedom thank you
Walk Out Freedom (2 months ago)
I believe you and that's amazing
Vigilante Salazar (3 months ago)
Thank timbo for what you gave Black culture and Black music❤️
Eugene Sung (3 months ago)
wearing timbalands to interview timbaland.. nice
melody chipfakacha (3 months ago)
Sound track should be his beats.

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