Timbaland Announces Opera Noir Album

Producer compares upcoming release to Dr. Dre's The Chronic

Posted: 05/15/2014 11:19 AM EDT

Timbaland has announced Opera Noir (black opera) as his forthcoming album, which he says is going to be remembered as his The ChronicDr. Dre's 1992 rap classic. 

"It's culture, it's truth, it's just about life in general. My life. My personal life, and I found myself as an artist, as a human being and as a man," he said in an chat with Revolt TV. "I found who I am."

Crafting the beats for Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape, inspired his work on Opera Noir, he added.

Sonically the collection, his fourth, is "way different" from his previous work, and in that respect, it's not unlike Dre's critically acclaimed debut. "It's more of a sound. It’s Timbaland’s Chronic," explained the 42-year-old. "Dre have his Chronic, I finally made my Chronic. When it comes out and you see the whole package, you'll understand why. You'll get it, you'll see it, and you'll be like, 'Wow, I’ve never seen nothing like this.'"

Timbaland's last album, Shock Value II, was released in 2009.

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