American record producer, rapper, singer, and composer Timothy Zachery Mosley, better known by his stage name Timbaland, is best known for his work on the hits “Give It to Me,” “Cry Me a River,” “The Way I Are,” and “4 Minutes.” As a member of the rap group Timbaland and Magoo, he began his career. In 1997, they issued their debut album, which was followed by Tim’s Bio, his debut solo album. He established the record company Mosley Music Group and rose to fame as a hit-making record producer for singers like Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and many others. Furtado’s label immediately created the smash hit “FutureSex/LoveSounds” with Justin Timberlake after the release of his album “Loose.” He has produced successful albums for his pals, including Missy Elliott’s “Supa Dupa Fly” and Aaliyah’s double platinum album “One in a Million.” Timbaland’s production of the hit song “Pony” and the album “Ginuwine…the Bachelor” established a distinctive rhythmic style by fusing R&B and hip-hop, ushering in a new fad in the 1990s music industry. When asked to oversee the music for the soap opera “Empire,” he also joined the world of TV production with success.
Early Youth & Life
Latrice and Garland Mosley welcomed a son into the world on March 10, 1972, in Norfolk, Virginia. While his mother oversaw a homeless shelter, his father labored for Amtrak. Sebastian, his junior brother, and Courtney Rashon, a later author and makeup artist, are his siblings. He studied at Virginia Beach’s Salem High School.
When Mosley was 14 years old in 1986, he had a job at the Red Lobster in his community. There, he was unintentionally wounded by a coworker, leaving him for nine months with partial paralysis. He started to learn how to use his left hand as a DJ during that period. Then, he was referred to as DJ Tim or DJ Timmy Tim.
He worked on a project at that time with rapper and high school buddy Melvin (Magoo) Barcliff. He also became a member of the Surrounded by Idiots production business. Missy Elliott, a rapper, and singer, began collaborating with him as well.
Career of Timbaland
Missy Elliott presented Mosley and Magoo to music producer DeVante Swing, who identified Mosley as Timbaland. He and Magoo started working together on DeVante’s Swing Mob records.
Timbaland collaborated with performers like R&B singer Ginuwine, vocal ensembles like Playa, and girl groups like Sugah at Swing Mob.
Timbaland and DeVante collaborated on a number of projects together, including Sista’s debut record “4 All the Sistas Around da World” and the 1995 Jodeci album “The Show, the After Party, the Hotel.” He also created Missy Elliott music remixes.
He worked on Ginuwine’s “Ginuwine…the Bachelor” record from 1996. In the 1990s, the sound he pioneered in the album single “Pony” became a common form of pop music. The tune quickly rose to fame. He worked on the album “One in a Million” by Aaliyah, which went on to sell over 15 million copies globally.
On November 11, 1997, he and Magoo published their 18-track debut album, “Welcome to Our World.” The record did well. Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment, his debut solo studio album, was published in 1998.
For rapper Jay-album Z’s “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter” in 1999, he produced the major hit song “Big Pimpin.” He also worked on Missy Elliott’s second record, “Da Real World,” which was released the same year and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200.
He produced a number of popular tracks in 2000, including Ludacris’ “Rollout (My Business)”. For Aaliyah’s third album, he also had the songs “We Need a Resolution,” “More Than a Woman,” and “I Care 4 U.”
He and Magoo put out their second record, “Indecent Proposal,” in 2001. In 2003, they issued their third album, “Under Construction, Part II.” Both albums failed to have much of an effect.
He started his own record company, Mosely Music Group (MMG), in 2006, and made his début with Nelly Furtado’s album “Loose.” He worked on Justin Timberlake’s immensely successful album “FutureSex/LoveSounds” that same year. In 2007, he released “Shock Value,” his second solo studio record, which became a big hit.
Singer Madonna was eager to work with Timbaland after his triumph with the album “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” Hard Candy, her 12th studio record, was created by him and released in 2008. It was the 11th best-selling record globally in 2008 and made its debut at number 1 in 37 different nations.
He also worked on many other successful records during that time, including Ashlee Simpson’s “Bittersweet World,” Keri Hilson’s “In A Perfect World,” Flo Rida’s “Mail On Sunday,” and Missy Elliott’s “Block Party.”
In the UK and the USA, his third solo record, “Shock Value II,” was released in December 2009. He worked on Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E.” album from 2010, which included the tracks “Talk Ya Ear Off” and “Paper, Scissors, Rock.” The record sold 270,000 copies in its first week and debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200.
He made his TV production debut in 2015 as the senior music producer of the soap opera “Empire.” The program was a huge success.
Bigger Productions of Timbaland
The RIAA awarded the record “Welcome to Our World” a platinum certification after it sold over a million copies. Singers like Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, and Ginuwine made a number of cameo cameos in it.
His initial solo record, “Shock Value,” debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 and received platinum certification in a number of nations, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and the US.
Individual Existence of Timbaland
Timbaland wed Monique Idlett in 2008; the couple has a daughter. Idlett filed for divorce in 2013, but they ultimately got back together.
He carries out his production job in Virginia Beach, where he built a 5,000-square-foot studio. He adheres to a rigorous diet and exercise routine and takes his bodybuilding regimen very seriously.
He collaborated with Rockstar Games in 2007 to create the music-mixing video game Beaterator.
In 2007, he planned a Florida fundraiser for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. He vocally backed her throughout the election.
According to media reports from January 2007, he copied parts of Nelly Furtado’s single “Do It” from her album “Loose.” He was involved in a legal dispute once more regarding the song “Throw It on Me” from his album “Shock Value” and copyright problems. He was charged with plagiarism in January 2014 in relation to the Jay-Z song “Versus,” which he created.