Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Timbaland Beat Drop


You already know what it is. For the uninitiated, the Beat Drop is a regular feature on Metal Lungies, where we choose a producer and each of the site's contributor picks about 5 of their favourite beats by said producer and writes about them.

Special guests this time around include DJ Clinton Sparks, Donwill of Tanya Morgan, and dope Philly producer Small Professor. My picks were Missy Elliott's "Work It", Cee-Lo's "I'll Be Around", and the Game's "Put You On The Game". Click my writeup for "Work It" to read the whole thing:

I feel as if I’ve sacrificed my digger credentials by only picking singles, but fuck it, Timbaland’s singles are THAT good. Tim combines an undulating synth line, what sounds like a theremin and blippy bongo percussion into a seamless, rhythmic groove. “Work It” artfully evokes ’80s hip hop with simply aping it — the Rockmaster Scott sampling into, the scratching at 3:25, and rock the “Take Me To The Mardi Gras” break for the last 20 seconds. Reagan-era cribbing rappers would be wise to take notes. Like any Tim production, it’s the small details that really strike you after the first listen; he uses an elephant’s trumpet to censor Missy on the chorus! Genius.

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