Jay-Z and Timbaland worked together back in 2009 on The Blueprint III but had a bit of a falling out, if you will, after it dropped. I guess songs got leaked and Jay-Z thought that was Timbaland’s fault and all hell broke loose. Then Jay-Z wanted to make up but Timbaland was being a big baby and wouldn’t listen and then finally they did make up and Tim produced most of Magna Carta Holy Grail (which is a great album, by the way).
From BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe (via DS):
“The fallout happened at the end of that album,” Jay-Z said. “A couple of songs were getting leaked, and it just ruined that whole process.
“Kanye [West] was like ‘let’s get Tim in’ [for Magna Carta Holy Grail], we were all inviting him and he just wasn’t accepting to the process.
“It seemed like it was more about him than the actual album.”
He continued: “When you make an album you have to put all egos aside for the sake of the project. That was almost like a last-straw type of thing and we went our separate ways.”
Jay-Z and Timbaland eventually reunited and worked together on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, with Timbaland producing 11 out of 16 tracks.
He added: “When he came back he had this new maturity and this growth and I was like ‘OK, this is gonna work out’.”
Cool story, bro. Literally. Timbaland does some okay stuff sometimes and it’s always nice when people can put their differences aside for the greater good. What can I say – I’m feeling pretty zen this morning.