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In the late '90s, when Timbaland was still relatively new on the scene, the Virginia native worked extensively with Missy ("The Rain"), Aaliyah ("If Your Girl Only Knew"), and Ginuwine ("Pony"). Later, once he'd established himself with these three, he began working with the top rappers in the industry, namely Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"), Nas ("You Won't See Me Tonight"), Snoop Dogg ("Snoop Dogg "), and Ludacris ("Rollout "). He also worked occasionally with lesser-known regional artists such as Petey Pablo ("Raise Up"), Pastor Troy ("Are We Cuttin'"), and Tweet ("Oops "). As a result of his exceptional success as a producer, Timbaland eventually established his own record label, Beat Club, and began unveiling his own stable of artists (Bubba Sparxxx, Ms. Jade).
His records, most co-billed with rapping friend Magoo, spotlighted his access to the top rappers in the business: Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Wyclef Jean. From 1997 through 2003, he released three Timbaland & Magoo albums, while 1998's Tim's Bio was a solo album in name. Released in 2007, Timbaland Presents Shock Value, along with its equally ambitious 2009 sequel, featured a mixture of vocalists, rappers, and rock bands. The former scored a couple major hits: "Give It to Me," featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, reached number one on the Hot 100, while "The Way I Are," with Keri Hilson and D.O.E., topped out at the third position. While Shock Value II didn't reach the same heights as its predecessor, Timbaland still managed to enlist an impressive roster of talent, from old collaborators Timberlake and Furtado to Drake, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and even rock acts like Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Australian band Jet. Over the next decade, he would continue to produce singles like "Talk That" with T-Pain, "Pass at Me" with Pitbull, "Break Ya Back" with Dev, "Know Bout Me" with Jay-Z, Drake, and James Fauntleroy, and others. In 2017 he issued "Grab the Wheel" with 6LACK. ~ Jason Birchmeier & Neil Z. Yeung
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