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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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BeaarClaw (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
Excellent interview.
Rainy Days (4 days ago)
1:00 timbaland
Trunx Kraft (5 days ago)
Nahh this the literal goat
Amir Asyraf (7 days ago)
sexyback 9:08
Evelyna Eva (8 days ago)
This guy is priceless
Photon YT (8 days 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 (8 days ago)
Acting as fuck.. havent enjoyed interview a bit.. but talent yeah..no doubt..
Chanell J. Wilson (9 days 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 (10 days ago)
Thumbnail looks like g herbo
Chris Gzz (11 days 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 (14 days ago)
anyone knows the music in the end of the video ?
Patryk Wasilewski (15 days ago)
I'm so inspired! Dope!
Matthew smith (16 days ago)
Someone needs to edit this so after every question timberland replys by beat boxing just for the meme value.
King Don (16 days ago)
Man this motivate me to work hard in my producer world 🤴🏿🎹🧗🏿‍♂️@nasheone
cap0gna (17 days ago)
wow this man is so likeable. Love him
Inlove Tv (17 days ago)
This is deep,rich,kinda feel tears of COMEBACK JOY. Tim you are such gift. Big God bless you!
gullbuttqasim (17 days ago)
its look like a interrogation room with a creative criminal :)
Julio Cesar (17 days ago)
Anyone know who produced the beat at the end of the video?
AboveEmAllProduction (18 days ago)
Robert Clayton (19 days ago)
Very cool
dinfluence30 (20 days ago)
Let Go (20 days ago)
What a legend
Pamela Méndez (21 days ago)
He is so brave to show his inner feelings like that with us. That's part of why I love him.
Ave Alwi (21 days ago)
Best music producer ever!
Curtis McLaughlin (22 days ago)
The guy interviewing reminds me of a vampire from twilight 🧛‍♂️
MB Records, Inc. (24 days ago)
Great Interview. Timbaland is one of our favorite producers—always creating and searching for new sounds.
Rainy Days (25 days ago)
He killed that fat bitch
Brother Tracy Stone (25 days ago)
Anyone else thinks that Timberland is hawt af?
Minlo Wonlin (25 days 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 (25 days ago)
I thought cry me a river was Scott Storch???
IamMisterMba (26 days ago)
Love this! This 4:05 is how I feel :)
EMINƎM (27 days ago)
bob snufflebag (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Inspiring inner view 🙏🏼💫
Metical (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I remember that Casio keyboard and I did the same ..speed up the sample to squeeze it in that lil second 😂😂😂
rgjmg070607 (1 month ago)
Y’all got Timbo lookin like Roy Jones Jr in the thumbnail 😂😂😂
Anthony Martinez (1 month ago)
Bruh that beat her made for Nicole wray, that i got what you want.. One of my all time favs
WeirdoInc TV (1 month ago)
this motivated me. Thanks Tim i love you for this...
Bianca Polo (1 month ago)
He’s so humble
Dark_1 TM (1 month ago)
This video misses one thing...the music being talked about ought to be playing in the background.🤔
Andrew Littleman (1 month ago)
Never liked him after he starting speaking on dre. F*ck Tim. Dre the best producer ever
nerdwithjordans (1 month ago)
Great question with a great answer, 7:17
nerdwithjordans (1 month ago)
A must interview well done with flavor
Kalmar Peter (1 month ago)
Dude got old
Jonas Vanden Broecke (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
My guys really interviewing timbaland wearing timberlands
tabot birhan (1 month ago)
Greg C (1 month ago)
I was the lights were on during the interview
Jason Lewis (1 month ago)
Tim is DOPE! Period
Craig Macc (1 month 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.
9TBiker (1 month ago)
He makes real Music, the Music from today is shit! I miss the 90‘s and 00‘s.
RamjeProductions (1 month ago)
*Yo dawg, the interviewer was even wearing Timberland shoes while interviewing Timbaland.*
Stephen Gutierrez (1 month ago)
Dude look like a junkie on the thumbnail smh
DEEZY DA PAPERBOY (1 month ago)
Patrik Hejnár (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Top producer with a great ear... But i swear he looked high af in this interview...lol
No Chill (1 month ago)
he's high af
ZAAY (1 month ago)
Stefan Friguras (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Lovely interview btw❤️🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🔑
Mecca Esura (1 month ago)
Dang who’s beat is that at the end of the video??? Geeshhh🔥🔥🔥
Kid From Jakarta (1 month ago)
The white boy gotta sit back a little and smile. damnnnn that boy cold
Stav Miguel (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
He dyed the middle of his beard blonde
Amante Apasionado (1 month 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 (26 days ago)
+Walk Out Freedom thank you
Walk Out Freedom (26 days ago)
I believe you and that's amazing
Vigilante Salazar (2 months ago)
Thank timbo for what you gave Black culture and Black music❤️
Eugene Sung (2 months ago)
wearing timbalands to interview timbaland.. nice
melody chipfakacha (2 months ago)
Sound track should be his beats.
melody chipfakacha (2 months ago)
Well done. Timberland really opened up.
Jazzy Baby (2 months ago)
What that white boy know about Jodeci?!? 😄
Isitjustme Orwhat (2 months ago)
I was really hoping that more producers would've chimed in on the part about the module used to make "PONY" it was the EMU's Planet Phat. I've always knew how dope that module was in regards to sound.
Aqeel Bashorun (2 months ago)
wish i can be really cool like the presenter... dope ass
VORTEX (2 months ago)
Where the fuck is shock value 3
Joseph Walker (2 months ago)
I think nelly Furtado loose album is a top 3 timberland production
Absence (2 months ago)
Finally give Devante Swing his props for training him.
peter musamba (2 months ago)
Timbo, you inspire me to a greater level , You are my number one producer by far. See you when i get there.
Rainy Days (2 months ago)
He 99
whowantsomeofDebo (2 months ago)
You didn't do shit for the people that got you there
DJ SINLess (2 months ago)
Lobster & Shrimp still one of my all time favs! Put you on the Game is another!
Rainy Days (2 months ago)
Hot 97
ab saloj (2 months ago)
The Goat!
Shawn Melody (2 months ago)
such an inspirational video! Long time fan of his work
Sam Harris (2 months ago)
Graduated high school in 03. That 100% Ginuwine album got a lot of play in my old bedroom!
wanjis (2 months ago)
Coke heads all blaming pain pills.
Urban Thick (2 months ago)
So awesome!!!!!!
Michael Elliott (2 months ago)
jonah hill is that your brother?
MARQSOARES (2 months ago)
QB 36 (2 months ago)
Lando CalrisiaN (2 months ago)
This was a really good interview. Thanks for posting.
Baron Samedi (2 months ago)
Timbaland produced a song for someone about traveling on a long dusty road, this sounds like that journey.
rawaz kamal (2 months ago)
I love the way he answers the questions
NotMy TrueName (2 months ago)
I was hoping this would be more interesting... truth is, the whole Tim, Magoo, Aaliyah, Missy, etc... crew completely crumbled after Aaliyah died.
Eric Paul Goldie (2 months ago)
"I'm driving to the beach, top down, loud sounds, see my peeps  Give them pounds, now look who it be (who it be) It be me me me and Timothy" Q. Can you name the artist and song which was produced by Timberland? p.s. epic interview
frisco prez (2 months ago)
Doing the man wrong with the interrogation lighting
praca zzp (3 months ago)
Is it me or any message gets this extra level, once delivered from a place that, had it - lost it - got it back...or maybe, that extra level and that missing puzzle of getting it right in the first place is just.......to be humble...who knows....
Derrick Barnett (3 months ago)
I'm a Pisces n I just remembered both Quincy n Timbaland are Pisces. We da best in my DJ Khalid voice.

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