Super producer Timbaland, born Timothy Mosley is being recognized for his contribution to music by Trinity College, Ireland’s most respected university. Timbaland who has been responsible for millions of record sales through his innovative production is being inducted into the College’s Philosophical Society as an Honorary patron.The College has welcomed scholars, musicians and politicians into their Society since 1843. The college was founded in 1592 and is located in Dublin, Ireland’s capital. The ceremony welcoming Timbaland to an elite organization which has recognized Archbishop Desmond TuTu, Oscar Wilde, Senator John McCain and controversial Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly will take place in October.
Keri Hilson may be your girlfriend’s favorite artist, but you should give her a chance. Keri is one of the latest songwriters-turned-singers, and with a co-sign from Timbaland, she’s looking like a sure thing. And besides that, she’s gorgeous (you can see for yourself below). Anyway, she has two new tracks out off her upcoming album In a Perfect World. Check them out for download below.
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Hey world, this is iHipHop writer/blogger Dan, coming to you straight from Russia. I am away for a few weeks, and have not contributed in a few days if you haven’t noticed, but I am reporting at 3:30 AM local time to bring you news on The Blueprint 3!
So, at Kanye’s last GITD stop in NYC, he brought out Jay-Z to perform a track entitled “Jockin’ Jay-Z,” before which he announced Blueprint 3 was on the way. Now, DJ Mick Boogie has come out and told the world that The Blueprint 3 is entirely produced by Kanye, not Timbaland! Turns out, Kanye was out in Hawaii and he produced the entire album, and it’s set to drop in the first week of December. We all know Jigga is a 4th quarter man, and if you’re like me and you couldn’t wait till ’09 for another album, rejoice! A few months back, I told told co-workers that it seemed like Jay couldn’t wait another year to drop another album, and gladly I was right.
Kanye has produced hits like “Heart of the City,” “Encore” and “This Can’t be Life” for Jay, so this album should be absolutely retarded, in a good way. Check out the video link here to hear a snippet of “Jockin Jay-Z.” Thought the track is not typical Kanye soul-inspired, it’s fu*king hard and hot. News like this makes me excited about hip-hop and music in general.
“They should’ve told that bloke from Oasis I’m a rockstar!” – God MC, J-Hova
Nick Catchdubs, co-founder of Fool’s Gold Records, is blowing up. After handling the mixing duties for both of Wale’s mixtapes, Catchdubs is set to release a mixtape with Timbaland’s new artist, Izza Kizza, tomorrow. Catchdubs is a DJ first and foremost (a dope one at that) and is currently working on transitioning into the production realm. After meeting DJ A-Trak several years ago, they founded Fool’s Gold Records, which currently houses some of house music’s hottest DJ’s, rapper Kid Sister and newcomer Kid Cudi. Catchdubs has consequently aligned himself with some of the best new hip-hop, and is finally making a name for himself in the genre. To commemorate this, he’s released a brand-new promo mixtape, entitled Slick. The mix is 20-tracks long, but in true DJ fashion, has no tracks or breaks. It is simply a 59-minute mix of everything from old to new and from hip-hop to dancehall to electro. Download the mix here and let us know what you think of Catchdubs. Nick Catchdubs – Slick
Jay-Z’s been the most consistent hit-maker in hip-hop for over a decade now. Through retirements and comebacks, Jay is still making music and is slated to drop three more albums over the next ten years through Roc Nation. According to Timbaland, he’ll be the sole producer on Jay’s upcoming project, and he believes he can bring Jay an entire album of “Big Pimpin”-esque tracks. Timbo also told MTV, “He wants me to do the whole thing this time around. I’mma make it a classic too. You better believe it.” Though some die-hard fans of Jay’s may be a little hesitant of the collaboration and would rather hear 9th Wonder or Pharrell for an entire album, they can rest assured Jay has always had a great ear for production.
The album won’t be released until at least the 4th quarter, according to Timbo, so while you wait check out the throwback video for “Big Pimpin.”