Battle rap has been a hip-hop pastime for decades upon decades, simultaneously giving artists the opportunity to display their versatility in flow, cadence and lyrical talent.
But when it comes to a sound battle for hip-hop’s tokened producer circle, venerated DJ-producer Just Blaze may have just lined up another spine-tingling challenge with two of the culture’s most-praised hitmakers: Timbaland and Pharrell.
Taking to Twitter, Blaze announced that he had just spoken with Timbo on the phone, and not only is he greenlighting the producer match, but he’s already chopped it up with Pharrell, too.
“Just got off the phone with [Timbaland],” Blaze tweeted. “He said he's down for Tim vs. [Pharrell] and they just talked about it. Wooooooo!”
Such a competition isn’t just crucial for the culture, but mouth- (and ear-) watering for a few reasons. Pharrell is credited with helping break supreme music artists such as the former duo Clipse, which birthed a solo career for Pusha T, Gwen Stefani and Kelis. The Neptunes co-founder is also the sound genius behind some of Billboard’s chart-dominating hits and throwback jams, like Jay Z’s 2000 “I Just Wanna Love You” and “Excuse Me Miss,” Usher’s “You Don’t Have to Call,” Kelis’s “Milkshake,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” and Ma$e’s “Lookin’ at Me.” To up the ante just a notch, Blaze also threw an invite at Pharrell’s longtime sound partner and prized instrumentalist, Chad Hugo.
On the other hand, Virginia’s soundboard beast Timbaland and his name will forever ring beside R&B’s cherished songstress, the late Aaliyah. Timbo has the greats of a multitude of eras beneath his producer’s belt as well, such as Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Justin Timberlake, Keri Hilson and newly-emerging femcee Tink. Some of our favorite hits of the ‘90s and early 2000s with his name on the producer’s credit also include Missy’s “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It,”Ginuwine’s “Pony,” Jay’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and Tweet’s “Oops (Oh My).”
Blaze has got our sound speakers throbbing just thinking about the Timbo vs. Pharrell sound-off!
See his tease in the tweets below.
Tim vs Neptunes would be the real deal. If @ChadHugo showed up I might shed a tear.— Just Blaze (@JustBlaze) April 12, 2017
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