When Timbaland is asked about his next album, the producer says he thinks of it as his Purple Rain, a reference to Prince’s critically acclaimed album.

“This is my Purple Rain solo album that I’m going to put out,” Timbo says in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I have no features on it. It’s called Opera Noir and it’s the most innovative work I’ve ever done. It’s all about truth and what’s going on around us. It’s about my personal truth. It’s one of the things that MediaTakeOut will care about, but I’m telling you what happened. I’m telling you: At this point, this happened. I’m telling you at this date, I’m telling you that I did this. I’m telling you that she did this or he did that.

When he’s asked why he considers it his Purple Rain, Timbo says he has many reasons for the comparison.

“It’s my grand finale,” he says. “It’s my voila. This is why you call me Timbaland. This is why you say I’m the greatest who ever did it.” 

Could this mean that Timbaland will retire after this?  

“I’m at a stage where I want to enjoy my wife,” he says. “I want to enjoy my family a little bit more. I just want to enjoy life. I worked so hard to get to this point that I haven’t really sat down to enjoy life the way I should enjoy it.”

Regardless, Tim says there’s more to come.

“This is a powerful album,” he explains. “I can’t do two of these. It’ll be like a part one of two, but the part two will be based around my TV series I got coming out on Fox, which is called Empire. That’s gonna be like a continuation of Opera Noir.”

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