Timothy Zachary Mosley, better known as Timbaland, is an award winning producer, writer, DJ, and songwriter, born on March 10, 1970 in Norfolk, Virginia. Timothy is the son of Latrice and Garkland Mosley, with 2 other siblings: Sebastian and Courtney. At 14 years old, Mosley was “accidentally” shot at his job at Red Lobster by a coworker, leaving him partially paralyzed for 9 months. During the 9 months, Mosley started to learn about Dj-ing and also learned to write with his left hand. Attending and graduating from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, Mosley began his Dj career under the name of “Dj Tim” or “Dj Timmy Tim”. At 19 he began to learn more about studio equipment and producing music under DeVante Swing, who then mispronounced the shoe ‘Timberlands’ which inspired Mosley’s stage name.
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It cannot be stressed enough just how TALENTED Timbaland is. Having worked with names such as Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Drake, Kanye West, Elton John and so many other stars, Timbaland is a sought out producer. In 2006, Timbaland founded Mosley Music Group, signing artists such as Nelly Furtado, OneRepublic, and Keri Hilson along with himself being uner the label. The first album to be released under the label was Nelly Furtado’s Loose, that went on to be certified Platinum. Following Furtado’s release, Timbaland dropped his own Shock Wave, after was OneRepublic debut of Dreaming out Loud, which had “Apologize” on Billboard at #2. Former artsist include Tink, Lyrica Anderson, Omarion, Chris Cornell, and Soul Diggaz. Having a net worth $85 million, Timbaland still remains a relevant rapper to this day. As of recent times, Timbaland has made way in other endeavors other than producing. In 2016 Timbaland along with Andy Rubin, an engineer, got along with SubPac, a startup that has developed wearable device that dives into physical-sound technology. Timbo had also worked on a variety of other projects, not just straight forward albums. Timbaland had wored with Rockstar Games to produce Beaterator, a music mixing game that on Playstaion, and iOS.
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Albums and Productions
- ‘Promiscuous’ – (Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland )- peaked on July 8th 2006 and stayed at #1 for 6 weeks
- ‘Give It To Me’ – ( featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake ) – peaked on April 21st 2007 and stayed at #1 for 2 weeks
- ‘Apologize’ – ( featuring OneRepublic ) – peaked on November 10th 2007 at #2
- ‘The Way I Are’ – ( featuring Keri Hilson) – peaked on August 25th 2017 at #3
- ‘Ayo Technology’ – ( 50 cent featuring Timbaland & Justin Timberlake) – peaked on September 29th 2007 at #5
- ‘Carry Out’ – (featuring Justin Timberlake) – peaked on February 19th 2010 at #11
21 Grammy Nominations - 4 wins
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