Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Timbaland rebeating the beat?

Wassup, Y'all!

Instead of runnin' around 'feelin' Britney Spears pain', Timbaland's azz needs to man up and cop to reachin' all the way to Finland for the beat he laid on top of Nelly Furtado's jam 'Do It'. Wired magazine (03/2007 - Did Timbaland Do It?) laid out enough OJ Simpson style circumstantial, digital forensic evidence that it seems pretty clear that Timbaland is involved in some creative borrowing that continues to help stack his cheddar....

At issue is a digital track created by Finnish artist Janne 'Tempest' Suni called 'Acidjazzed Evening' back in 2000. Fast forward to 2005 when MTV hired Timba to create a set of ringtones (side note: how do these bad boyz make so much money??). Timba dropped a tight tone called 'Block Party' that sounded strangely similar to Suni's original beat. In 2006, Timba pulled together the track 'Do It' on Nelly Furtado's 'Loose' CD based on his 'Block Party' ringtone and once that bad boy blew up ears all over the world started askin' questions.

For his part, Timba is denyin' the scurrilous accusations in typical hip-hopper fashion tellin' MTV:

"It makes me laugh. The part I don't understand, the dude is trying to act like I went to his house and took it from his computer. "I don't know him from a can of paint. I'm 15 years deep. That's how you attack a king? You attack moi? Come on, man. "You got to come correct. You the laughing stock. People are like, 'You can't be serious.'"

Hmmm, 15 years deep? 15 years deep into copyright infringement maybe. At any rate, the Euros have their 'Timbaland is Whack' campaign in full effect, even pulling together a video that's in steady rotation on YouTube.

It was pretty easy pullin' off this type of stuff back in the day (Vanilla Ice got busted for the same type of ruckus back in the 90's...) but now? In the global digital age? Man, come on Timba! How you gonna do it like that? Break a little bit off for the obscure, unknown Finnish guy - it won't kill you, homey! You're 15 years deep! You're a king! Yes, vous!

In the mean time, y'all can check out Timba and Nelly rubbin' it in homeboy's face as they kick it together this coming Monday (3/19) on GMA's Winter Concert Series. Dang Janne - that's gotta hurt...



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