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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Empire

August 10th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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By now, fans of the hit Fox show Empire have heard the good news: diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey will guest star in the third and upcoming season. Carey will play a famed singer named Kitty. With a name like that, we’re sure she’ll give Cookie Lyon a run for her money. But Carey isn’t the only celebrity Empire fans can look forward to seeing on screen this season. Taye Diggs, French Montana, Kid Cudi and Birdman are all expected to appear, in addition to the main players we’ve all grown to know and love – Lucious, Cookie, Jamal, Hakeem and Andre Lyon. Television’s first scripted Hip-Hop family. Season 3 premieres on September 21, but until then, check out some secrets behind the making of Empire.

Timbaland Shares His 130 Pound Weight Loss

February 26th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Timbaland Shares His 130 Pound Weight Loss

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We love a good weight loss story. Earlier this week, we told you about Kandi being the smallest she’s been in years, thanks to her breastfeeding her new son Ace. And today we have “anutha one” *DJ Khaled voice.”

Yesterday, legendary producer Timbaland took to his Instagram page to share his recent weight loss journey.

We’ve always known that Timbaland has always been on the chubby side but we had no idea that he was this big. Kudos to Timbaland for putting in that work and inspiring a few people along the way.

Pass Or Play? Aaliyah Is “Shakin” Things Up With Timbaland

December 29th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last week, Timbaland dropped a previously unreleased track from the late singer Aaliyah. Titled, “Shakin’,” the song was written and produced during the 1990s and was recently featured on Timbaland’s latest mixtape, King Stays King.

In the song, Aaliyah playfully sings about reuniting with a past lover who has gotten her sprung from his love making. Aaliyah’s vocals, as well as, the song’s production are nothing less than superb; however, Timbaland’s rap verse left me completely underwhelmed and he sounded like he used Future’s rap techniques.

Billboard reports, the King Stays King mixtape is a preview to Timbaland’s 2016 album, Textbook Timbo.
Below is Timbaland’s mixtape; “Shakin’” is the second track.

Are you passing or playing Aaliyah’s “Shakin’,” Noirettes?

Timbaland To Release Never-Heard-Before Music From Aaliyah

August 10th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Over the weekend, Timbaland posted several photos of Aaliyah on his Instagram, revealing he will release never-heard-before music from the late singer. Timbaland captioned one of the photos, with:

“Attention!!!!! People ask me all the time do I have any babegirl music we haven’t heard !!!!!well the answer is YES!!!!!!!! TIMBO x BABEGIRL !!!!! Sneak peak coming !!!!!!!”

Since Aaliyah’s 2001 passing, we’ve only heard Drake and Chris Brown incorporate various samples of the singer’s music on their records. Two years ago, Timbaland told ReVolt TV he would prefer if they do not use her samples because the “We Need A Resolution” singer’s only musical soulmate is him.

“In music, people always say, ‘I’m going to do a song with Aaliyah.’ It will never work. Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me,” Timbaland continued by noting that he was not in support of Drake and Noah ‘40’ Shebib releasing a post-humous album of Aaliyah’s work. Last year January, Drake and Shebib decided not to release the album after Aaliyah’s family said they do not support it.

While we wait for Timbaland to release Baby Girl’s new music from his vault, here are five of our all-time favorite songs by Aaliyah.

Timbaland’s Wife Files For Divorce Again

July 13th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards - mPowering Action featuring performances by Timbaland and Avicii at The Conga Room - Arrivals Featuring: Timothy Mosley,aka Timbaland and wife Monique Mosley Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 08 Feb 2013 Credit: Brian To/

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Apparently, some things just aren’t meant to be.

After reconciling last year and calling off their divorce, it appears that Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley and his wife, Monique Mosely, were unable to work things out. According to Bossip, Monique filed for divorce for a second time last month in Florida.

The couple has been together for 12 years and have been married for seven. They share one biological child together. The impending divorce entitles Monique to Timbaland’s hefty fortune. When she filed back in 2013, the popular producer was worth an estimated $70 million. Has he since been hired as the executive music producer for Fox’s hit television show, “Empire.”

In her initial filing, Monique demanded alimony and child support for their daughter, as well as her child from a previous relationship. Monique’s specific reason for wanting out of the relationship has not been disclosed.

It’s really unfortunate that these two were not able to work things out. We were so happy last year when they “cancelled” their divorce and decided to reconcile.


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Pass Or Play? Do You Follow Tink’s “Ratchet Commandments”?

March 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Pass Or Play? Do You Follow Tink's "Ratchet Commandments"?

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Timbaland is a busy man these days. In addition to scoring the music for the incredibly popular show “Empire,” and clutching number one spots on iTunes, he’s also developing new talent for his label Moseley Music Group/Epic Records.

The latest is an artist by the name of Tink, a 19-year-old Chicago born rapper. Tink has already made plenty of strides in the industry not only being signed to Timbaland but also working with the likes of Jay Z and Rick Ross. 

Timbaland even said that Aaliyah gave Tink the cosign.

"She's the one." #FADERFORTConverse

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But as for this song, “Ratchet Commandments,” Tink is basically explaining all the ridiculous behaviors that have the potential to afflict us all. See what she’s talking about in just a few of the lyrics.

Thou shall not fuck up on a nigga when you know he got a Mrs. 

(Thou shall not) lie up on the Bible. How you looking for a title when you sleeping with his rivals?

(Thou shall not) put trust in these men. These niggas are now bitch stop acting so feminine. 

(Thou shall not) respond to these bitches. They envy what you doing and they only want attention. 

(Thou shall not) pacify the truth. If you know you’re rent due, get the fuck up out the club. 

And just in case you thought she was addressing the ladies, think again. She had some advice for the men as well.

“But niggas lie on they money like everyday. And Niggas ratchet too just in another way. You fake fathers never held your daughters, never had a conversation. You too fucking immature to get an occupation.” 

…Well. As my pastor says, if you can’t say amen, say ouch.

Take a look at Tink (and Timbaland) performing the song in the video below.

Timbaland, Missy And Ginuwine Preparing To Reunite?

November 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Twitter, WENN

It’s been quite a while since Missy, Timbaland and Ginuwine have collaborated, but it looks like the trio may be preparing to reunite for an upcoming project. Last night on Instagram, Timb shared a collage with photos of himself, Ginuwine and Missy with a caption that read:

“I got a surprise!!!!!!!!!!!”

A photo posted by Timbo the King (@timbaland) on

Ginuwine also shared the same image.

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“Could it happen 1 more time?????” he captioned the photo.

Missy also seemed to cosign the whispers.


It’s unclear what led to their desire to reunite, but perhaps reminiscing in the wake of Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, which Timbaland mercilessly dragged, had something to do with it. Also, Ginuwine has always seemed pretty open to hitting the lab and creating musical magic with his former producers. In 2004, he even discussed wanting to create a movie based in his experiences with them titled, The Basement.

“I’m working on a movie called The Basement about me, Missy and Timbaland and what all of us went through,” he told MTV News. “I do want to get their OK to use certain things and portray them in certain ways. It’s definitely going to be us involved in it. I definitely want to be in it also. Hopefully that will work. I’m trying to work on it as we speak.”

Would you be interested in seeing these three collaborate  for some new music?

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UPDATE: “Whether You Loved Or Hate, You Watched”: Wendy Williams Defends Aaliyah Biopic As Timbaland Continues To Trash It

November 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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UPDATE: Despite all the backlash, Wendy Williams is feeling good about the Aaliyah biopic, mostly because so many people watched it at the end of the day, even if they watched to rag on it:

“I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend. E’rybody got an opinion. Well I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far. Not just Lifetime. But all of cable! And I must say, ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is number one, and then us, so thank you. We all have opinions, but I must say, if you still want to see the Aaliyah movie, it comes on tonight at eight o’ clock on Lifetime. And by the way, you Alexandra Shipp, did a terrific job as Aaliyah.”

Unless you were living under a rock the entire weekend, I’m sure you know good and well that in terms of quality, Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic was panned by just about everybody. I personally watched it up until they introduced the Timbaland and Missy characters and I started feeling like I was watching the biggest joke I’d seen since Norbit. But I did see that Timbaland was trashing the film to hell using memes on Instagram, even though he didn’t watch it. He spoke in detail about why he was against the biopic while talking to Ebro in the Morning today and said that even though he didn’t watch the movie, he knew that it shouldn’t have been made and was going by what fans were telling him.

“I don’t know whose fault it is…I’m going by the fans. One of my close friends sent me the picture I first posted and I was like, man, pictures can say a lot. I felt like every picture said everything I probably would say in an interview.

I felt like, let me make it known that I really hear ya’ll fans. I’m very upset about it. Fans kept sending me great pictures and posts…I got 100 every hour. If I could have posted every picture I got, it would have been crazy.”

The producer said that he was bothered by the idea that the first time Aaliyah’s story was brought to life for fans, it was on Lifetime and was done in such a poor manner.

“That’s what made me go off the way I did. It was the first initial time and it was like, wow! This is how ya’ll gone really do it? Ya’ll really gone put this out? I always thought it was a rumor.  I thought it was a joke, but evidently it wasn’t. Then I started to realize, wait a minute, this is really, real. As a businessman I’m like, I’m really the one that’s kind of dumb because I really shouldn’t have paid it any attention or gave it attention…the more attention we give this thing, the better it is for them. Support Baby Girl and don’t watch Lifetime. Make a real statement.”

Timbaland said that he hasn’t been in contact with Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, or Hankerson’s son Jomo, but the family, including himself and Missy, were all in agreement that they wouldn’t entertain a biopic until they were sure it was going to be done right and they were all ready.

“I haven’t reached out to Jomo or Barry. I know for the first time, everybody was all in agreeance on everything when it came to baby girl and this bio. It wasn’t done right. This is something that people want to hear from, hear from me anyway, and hear from Missy. If you can’t get Missy, I speak on the behalf of all of us when I say that I think it was done wrong.”

Throughout the interview, Ebro Darden kept asking Timbaland if he blamed Wendy Williams for the poor quality of the movie. He says that he doesn’t but acknowledges that everyone involved with the project clearly doesn’t care about how important Aaliyah is to her fans and music in general–it’s all about the money:

“They care absolutely not. And everybody keeps telling me, stop blaming Lifetime, blame Wendy. I didn’t follow the story so I gotta believe the fans. I don’t want to just diss this lady like that. I want to know the full details before I really, really go in. Only thing I know that I can go in on is that you’re showing a mockery on TV. That’s what really bothered me. Out of everybody who has passed away, Aaliyah has a special anointing in the air that people will not let die. When you talk about Aaliyah, everybody wakes up and it’s amazing to me. I think that kind of brought me to tears. To see my music and what I put into all these years, last this long and have that effect on people. The way people support her even after death, I don’t even think they rave over Michael Jackson the way they rave over Aaliyah, and I think that’s amazing.”

It was definitely an interesting interview. But with all the backlash that the film received over the weekend, I was feeling a little bad for Alexandra Shipp, who played Aaliyah. People were pretty harsh on the 23-year-old. But she did foresee the negativity, telling TIME:

After it was released that Zendaya was cast in the role, I remember reading all the backlash. It was kind of ridiculous. I was like, “This girl is a great actress. She’s going to do a great job, and it’s a great production.” Once I got offered it, I wondered if that was going to happen to me. But then I read the script and talked with the producers and talked about how they wanted to make this movie great. I had to put all that stuff aside. I deleted Twitter off my phone. I deleted Instagram. And I just did my job.

So yesterday, despite the uproar online, Shipp took to Twitter to retweet the positivity and thank her fans.

“Thank you to everyone who tuned in to #AaliyahMovie last night. Means sooo much! Much love!”

Check out Timbaland’s interview with Ebro in the Morning below:


Timbaland Goes In On “That Bullsh!t Aaliyah Movie”

November 16th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Even if you didn’t watch Lifetime’s failed attempt at honoring the legacy of Aaliyah last night, there’s no way you didn’t catch the slanderous memes circulating all over the Internet that basically sum up the biopic in one word: trash.

We fully expected diehard Aaliyah fans to go in after we saw the suspect casting choices for the movie, but never did we imagine Timbaland (one of those horribly cast– evidence here.) would even pay the Lifetime biopic any mind. Well, he did. In fact, he dedicated 20 Instagram posts to make sure all the individuals behind the movie “feel his wrath.”

Timbo started out simply saying he hoped no one was watching the biopic, then he began posting several of the hilarious memes circulating IG about the painfully unbearable acting like this:

A photo posted by Timbo the King (@timbaland) on

And then he started dropping his own IG videos to make sure the world knew exactly how he felt about the “bullsh!t.”

A video posted by Timbo the King (@timbaland) on

A video posted by Timbo the King (@timbaland) on

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely keeping an eye out for a lawsuit of some sort to be heading Lifetime’s way. What did you think of the Aaliyah biopic?

From “So Anxious” To “Are You That Somebody?”: 11 Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written By The Late Static Major

November 12th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Static Major, born Stephen Garrett, was a gifted writer and producer who used his talents to create some of the biggest R&B hits of the ’90s (and after) for some of the biggest stars of that time, including Aaliyah and Ginuwine. He often collaborated with Timbaland and was trained under the tutelage of one DeVante Swing. But before he was even a member of the Swing Mob collective, he was trying to make moves as a member of the R&B trio, Playa. While on the verge of really breaking through in the industry and becoming well-known, Garrett passed away in 2008 from respiratory stress while having treatment for myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disorder.

Garrett’s birthday was this week (yesterday actually) and I thought it would be a good time to show some love to a man who deserved a lot more recognition when he was here on earth. Here are 11 hit songs you may not have known were written and/or produced by Static Major.

“Pony” by Ginuwine

This song, one of Static Major’s first big hits, peaked at #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, and #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. He co-wrote the song with Ginuwine and Timbaland (who produced it), and the track made G a household name…with the ladies of course.