Last week (April 30), the Virginia producer was a part of a panel discussion at the 2023 Pop Conference. Hosted at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, he spoke alongside Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and Take a Daytrip about music production. Here, Timbaland discussed how he created the 1998 Aaliyah classic ‘Are You That Somebody’ – breaking down samples and inspirations that informed the song’s creation, as per Pitchfork.
Prompted by Take a Daytrip saying that the hook to Lil Nas X’s ‘Industry Baby’ was inspired by a scene from Shrek 2, Timbaland said he “was trying to make the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory beat from the ‘Oompa Loompa’ song.”
He sang the original song, before continuing: “I took that rhythm and I listened back to it and I was like, ‘Man, that’s a dope addition’. That’s what I was trying to attempt but in a hip-hop way.”
He added: “I gotta thank Willy Wonka for that.”
He also discussed the iconic baby noise pulled from a ’60s sound effects record, which he said was “the missing piece of the whole beat to me.”
However, he didn’t believe it would work until the singer reacted to it. “I was talking to Aaliyah from where she was sitting on the couch,” he explained, “and I just hit the button and it was in key. Everything was perfect. I put it in the song and she said, ‘Oh that’s so cute!’”
Timbaland recently shared the story on how he discovered Ludacris – as well as confirming that Justin Timberlake‘s next album is “finished” and that they’ll be reviving their sound from ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’.
In other news, he and fellow producer Swizz Beatz have settled their VERSUS lawsuit against Triller, alleging that the social video platform owed them £23million.