In a new interview published on Tuesday (December 5), DJ Whoo Kid asked the famed producer how it feels to get props from someone like Kanye – and he had all the praise.
“I look at Kanye as a teacher. I love that man,” Timbo said. “Just following his personality and the switch ups – like for me, that’s intriguing. He’s giving you so much information that some of it might don’t dial in correct but it’s like, you know how some people will talk from interviews and it’s like, ‘You didn’t hear him say that?’ Because he’s like a prophet.”
He continued: “I ain’t gon’ say a God but he’s like a Zeus or one of those…Poseidon. Like a Greek god. He’s that. Then to hear one of those guys say I’m doing great – it kind of gives you affirmation that I gotta turn my stuff up. It’s like confirmation.”
The comments Whoo Kid was referring to happened during Kanye West’s appearance on The Lex Friedman Podcast in 2022.
“You know when I made ‘Stronger,’ I did it to compete with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake because my fiancée at that time liked Justin Timberlake just a little bit too much,” Ye said. “So I made it to compete. And then we had the song out. It’s No. 1 on Apple, it’s blowing up. I play it in the club and it sounds muddy. It doesn’t sound the way ‘Sexy Back’ sounded in the club. So I go to Pharrell Williams to do the drums and it sounds like a different record.”
West continued: “Then I go to Swizz Beatz – it sounds like a different record. Then I go to Timbaland – the person who made ‘Sexy Back – and he did it in five minutes and then spent the rest of the hour talking about how nobody could have done it except for him.”
Earlier this year, Timbaland named Kanye West as the person he wants to see headline the Super Bowl halftime show – even though he admitted he thinks the rest of the population isn’t “ready” for such a spectacle.
“Yo, I was thinking, if Kanye was to do the Super Bowl, that almost would be like watching Motown 25 ’cause that boy is serious. Don’t you ever forget it,” he wrote on his Instagram Story in February. “Dat boy Ye doing the Super Bowl they wouldn’t be ready.”
Fans were split in their reactions. Some felt it could be the greatest Super Bowl performance in history given Ye’s renowned creativity and catalog of hits, while others thought it could be a complete disaster given his penchant for controversial outbursts.