Saturday Night Focus – Timbaland_top 10 songs produced by Timbo

1 We Need a Resolution

A song performed by American recording artist Aaliyah. It was written by Static Major and Timbaland, who also produced and contributed a featured rap. The song was released on April 13, 2001, as the lead single for Aaliyah’s self-titled 2001 album Aaliyah.[2]

The song was a moderate success internationally. “We Need a Resolution” reached the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart and the top 30 in Canada. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 119 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.[3] It was placed 21st on Slant Magazine’s “Best of the Aughts: Singles” list and 30th on Stylus Magazine’s “Top 50 Singles: 2000-2005.”[4][5] The single and the music video was also ranked 8th and 6th, respectively, on Slant Magazine’s Best Singles and Music Videos of 2001 list.[6]

2 Get Ur Freak On

A song by American recording artist Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. It was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland for her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive (2001). Based on heavy bhangra elements, a popular music and dance form from the Punjab state of India,[1] the song features a six-note base that is a Punjabi melody played on a tumbi, a stringed Indian instrument.

Released as the album’s first single in 2001, the track reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Internationally, “Get Ur Freak On” became a top ten success in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, where it became her first solo top ten hit, peaking at number four. A remix of the song featuring Nelly Furtado was a dance club hit during this period, and was used both in the soundtrack and in the background of the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) starring Angelina Jolie. The song is also heard in The Rundown (2003) starring Dwayne Johnson (remixed with AC/DC’s “Back in Black”) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) starring Steve Carell.

In December, the song was listed 14th on Rolling Stone´s Best Songs of the Decade ranking, and later at number 466 on their The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time updated list of 2010.[2] The song also lists at number seven on Pitchfork Media’s Top 500 Songs of the 2000s and number 16 on VH1’s Greatest Songs of Hip-Hop. In 2011, NME placed it at number 17 on its list “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years”.

3 Say Something

A song recorded by American producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland, for his third studio album Shock Value II (2009). The song features vocals from Canadian rapper Drake. It was written by Mosley, Jerome Harmon, Graham, Timothy Clayton and John Maultsby. The production was helmed by Mosley under his stage-name Timbaland while Harmon served as the assistant producer, under the stage-name Jroc. The song was tailored to Drake’s sound and when the rapper wrote to it, he contacted the producer about the lyrics. Despite the verses feeling more like Graham’s record, Mosley gave his blessing and went the product. The song was solicited to digital retailers on November 3, 2009 in the United States as the album’s second single.

“Say Something” is an electro-rap song with a slow moving beat and feel. Lyrically, it portrays an interaction between Graham and a woman and the awkward feel to it, that is influenced by past events that occurred between them. “Say Something” garnered generally mixed reviews from music critics; many of them praised it as a “radio hit” but felt it fared worse than Drake’s previous works and believed it highlighted Timbaland’s weaknesses as a vocalist. Since its domestic release, the song has reached number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100, standing as the second highest charting single from Shock Value II in the United States. The music video for the song was directed by Paul “Coy” Allen features appearances from Sebastian, D.O.E., Attitude and DJ Freestyle Steve.

4 Give It to Me

A song performed by American producer, songwriter and rapper Timbaland, released as the first single from his second studio album Shock Value (2007). The song features vocals by Canadian singer and songwriter Nelly Furtado and American singer Justin Timberlake. All three artists co-wrote the song together with American rapper Attitude and American producer Danja, who produced the song with Timbaland. Mosley Music Group, in association with Blackground Records and Interscope Records, serviced the song to contemporary hit and rhythmic radios in the United States on 4 February 2007 and later to urban radios on 10 March 2007. “Give It to Me” is an electro song that embodies the sensibilities of club music. The song features the protagonists addressing their critics about their successes in the music industry.

The song has been noted for its notable diatribe in Timbaland’s verse against American producer Scott Storch, who has worked with the producer in the past. It received positive reviews from music critics, many praising it for its club-oriented sound, Timbaland’s production and the lyrics. The song experienced successful commercial outcomes in the United States as well as internationally. “Give It to Me” reached the top position on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first and only number one solo single in the United States. It has sold nearly two million downloads in the United States, remaining as his third-best-selling single there. The song also topped the charts in the United Kingdom, which became the first of three consecutive top five singles there, with “The Way I Are” and “Apologize” following suit. It experienced a lengthy chart run in Austria and Switzerland, where the song attained top ten positions on the chart. The song also attained top ten positions in European countries like Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands.

The accompanying music video was directed by Paul “Coy” Allen and Timbaland. It features footage of the singers performing live at the 2007 Grammy Awards and the singers in their tour bus and on a balcony. The single was nominated Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

5 Promiscuous

The evolution of Nelly Furtado was made complete with the release of this track from the innocent girl who sang “fly like a bird” to “miss promiscuous”on a Timbo beat, 1 of my favorites.

“Promiscuous” is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Nelly Furtado for her third studio album Loose (2006). It features vocals from American producer and rapper Timbaland. The song was written by Furtado, Timothy “Attitude” Clayton, Timbaland and Nate “Danja” Hills, with the latter pair handling production of the song. The song’s lyrics, which were penned by Furtado and Clayton, feature a conversation between a man and woman who call each other a promiscuous boy or girl. “Promiscuous” was released as the lead single from Loose in North America in early 2006, and as the second single elsewhere in mid-2006 except in Latin America, where the single was released as the third single in late 2006.

The song had received positive reviews, with some critics calling it the highlight of Loose. “Promiscuous” was an international success and it had become Furtado’s first number-one single in the US. It is the first number one by Canadian female artist since 1998’s “I’m Your Angel” by R. Kelly & Céline Dion on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also topped the chart in New Zealand and peaked within the top ten on many charts across Europe. It had won “Best Pop Single of the Year” at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards and received a nomination for the “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The music video for the single features scenes of Furtado and Timbaland, in what Furtado describes as a “verbal Ping-Pong game”. Cameo appearances are made by Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake and Bria Myles.

6 Carry Out

A song recorded by American rapper and producer Timbaland for his third studio album Shock Value II (2009). The song features guest vocals from longtime collaborator, American recording artist Justin Timberlake. Timbaland and Timberlake co-wrote the song with Timothy “Attitude” Clayton, Jim Beanz and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon; the latter co-produced the song with Timbaland. “Carry Out” contains metaphor alluding food to sex. Mosley Music Group, together with Blackground and Interscope Records, serviced the song to contemporary hit radio on December 1, 2009 in the United States, as the third single from Shock Value II.

“Carry Out” received a mixed response from contemporary music critics, with many being divided on the song’s composition and lyrical content. Most found the song to be one of the album best tracks, but panned the use of food-sex metaphors and deemed the song to be lacking in creativity. The song also received comparisons to The Lonely Island’s 2006 single “Dick in a Box”, in which Timberlake was featured. “Carry Out” reached the top ten on the singles charts in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Bryan Barber, features Timbaland and Timberlake surrounded by women, in which they attempt to seduce them while dressed in fast-food restaurant themed costumes.

7 Put You On The Game

The video of this song brought more media hype on a dope song already,it was the 1st time we saw The Game G-Unit free,after a well documented and publish feuds the group had. Which resulted in The Game being exiled from the super group on its prime at the time. But besides all the feud and drama Timbo’s beat managed to shine thru and made it one of the best songs on The Game’s Documentary album.

“Put You on the Game” is a song by American rapper and West Coast hip hop artist The Game, released as the final single from his debut album, The Documentary. Written by The Game himself and produced by both Timbaland and co-produced by Danja, the song was the album’s fifth official single, and it was released on August 30, 2005. This was the first single released by The Game after a beef with former fellow G-Unit member 50 Cent fell apart and after The Game released the mixtape titled You Know What It Is Vol. 3. Also failing to match the popularity of his previous singles, and failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number 96 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was placed 44th on About.com’s Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2005.

The Game refers to a number of artists, songs and albums in “Put You on The Game”, including The Chronic, N.W.A., Makaveli, The Notorious B.I.G., Public Enemy, Flavor Flav, G-Unit, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and his song “Let Me Ride”, Eve, and Snoop Dogg. During the DVD Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin The Game watches the video for this song pausing at specific spots in the video which shows a dead man at on the ground blocked off by police tape. The Game then repeatedly states that he is wearing G-Unit sneakers, a diss at 50 Cent saying his career is dead.

8 Cry Me a River

A song recorded by American singer Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album Justified (2002). It was written by Timberlake and Scott Storch with producer Timbaland, and was inspired by Timberlake’s former relationship with pop singer Britney Spears. Jive Records released the single to contemporary hit and rhythmic radio in the United States on November 24, 2002, as the album’s second single. Accompanied by clavinet, beatbox, guitars, synthesizers, Arabian-inspired riffs and Gregorian chants, “Cry Me a River” is a funk and R&B song about a brokenhearted man who moves on from his past.

The single received generally positive reviews from critics, who considered it a stand-out track on Justified and praised Timbaland’s production. It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 ceremony. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts and charted in the top ten in other countries. It was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and silver by the Syndicat National de l’Édition Phonographique (SNEP).

Filmmaker Francis Lawrence directed the music video for “Cry Me a River” in Malibu, California. In the video, Timberlake’s character spies on his ex-lover and shows her the love for his new partner. Spears alleged that the video was a publicity stunt, but Timberlake maintained that she did not inspire the production. The clip won the awards for Best Male Video and Best Pop Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Timberlake performed “Cry Me a River” on his three major concert tours: Justified World Tour (2003–04), Justified/Stripped Tour (2003) and FutureSex/LoveShow (2007). The song has been covered by various recording artists, including Leona Lewis and Taylor Swift. Spears recorded an answer song titled “Everytime” for her 2003 studio album In the Zone.

9 Come see me

Definatelly my favorite track on the album Shock Value 1. Not only was it a club banging song but it featured the most relevant and hottest hip hop heavy weight duo at that time,in Yayo & Fiddy. Timbaland held his own alongside the G-Unit soldiers in his opening verse of the song but my favorite verse goes to Tony Yayo.

10 Dirt Off Your Shoulder.

A legendary song from a legendary album. In my view this was suppose to be the 1st single than “change clothes” but never the less this was a dope beat by Timbo

“Dirt off Your Shoulder” is the second single released from Jay-Z’s 2003 album The Black Album.

In 2004, the song was combined with the Linkin Park single “Lying from You” and released as a single for the mash-up album Collision Course.

Political influence
On April 17, 2008, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama referenced the song in gesture, in response to sharp attacks from his rival Hillary Clinton and a debate which was widely criticized for focusing on campaign gaffes rather than on candidates’ policy positions.[1][2] Referencing his opponents’ “textbook Washington” tactics, focusing on personal attacks and trivial issues, Obama used Jay-Z’s hand signal to “brush the dirt” off his shoulders.[3] When asked whether Obama was deliberately referencing the song, a campaign spokesman said, “He has some Jay-Z on his iPod.”[4]

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