Timbaland in hip hop/pop/rock crossover shock

US rap svengali’s latest album features Björk, The Hives – and Sir Elton!

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US rapper/producer Timbaland has declared war on hip-hop clichés by enlisting the help of a multitude of chart-topping artists on his new album.

Björk, Elton John, The Hives and Fall Out Boy are amongst the surprising collaborations on Timbaland’s latest LP “Timbaland Presents Shock Value.”

Timbaland is credited with creating a ‘sound’ for mega selling popstars, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, most notably on JT’s hit single “SexyBack” and Furtado’s comeback hit “Maneater.”

Both stars are now returning Timbaland’s favour, duetting together on new track “Give It To Me” – the first single to be taken from the album.

“Timbaland Presents Shock Value” tackles a eclectic variety of genres – an aim that is deliberate. Timbaland, despite his successful career, has worries about being clichéd. “I’m not just hip-hop. My mission is to take over Top 40 radio – what they call popular music, different genres of music – and reach all types of people,” he said.

The following tracks and collaborations have already been confirmed:

Give It To Me – Feat. Justin Timberlake & Nelly Furtado
Scream – Feat. Nicole Scherzinger
Put It On Me – Feat. The Hives
F.R.E.A.K.S – Feat. Nelly Furtado
Last Piece of the Puzzle – Feat. Elton John
I’ma – Feat. Jay-Z
One And Only – Feat. Fall Out Boy

“Timbaland Presents Shock Value” will be released in the UK on March 26.


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