It was a great day for Hip Hop when the release date battle between Kanye West and 50 Cent meant spectacular numbers for both MCs. Now, super-producer Timbaland is considering the next big release battle.
“I gotta go against my daddy,” he tells MTV, “I call [Dr.] Dre my daddy. To make it be some talk, I gotta go against my big brother. He’s my big brother. [Who are] the two quarterbacks? Peyton Manning and Eli ? When they have to go against each other, it’s like, ‘Do I really wanna go against my big brother?’ Dre is my mentor. That would drive people to the stores. Like, ‘Oh snap, Tim and Dre !’ That would be big. I asked Jay-Z who he would go against. He said, ‘The only person I would go against is my other homeboy: my friend Eminem.’ “
Timbaland also says Jay has approached him about working on his American Gangster album. Jay is looking for a follow-up single to the Pharrell-produced lead track, “Blue Magic.” and is confident Tim has what it takes.
“He wants me to do the next single,” Tim said. “He just does it for fun. We talked about [his next album]. He says it’s just a hobby, ain’t nothing else to do. When a person tells you that, what you supposed to say? ‘You crazy’? He said, ‘I don’t wait for nothing. I’m there. I’m doing it for the love of music.’ What am I supposed to say? ‘You wack for doing it’? … Some people think Jay fell off. Or he’s just over people’s head. I think that’s what it is. That’s another thing: It could hurt him or it could make him be not the legend he is. That’s the only thing I’m scared of for my friend.”