Timbaland Talks Being Inspired By DJ Premier, Dr. Dre & Jay Z Bringing Out Unique Production


The Rémy Martin Presents “The Producers Series” “Season 3-West,” Los Angeles vs. The Bay finale took place at the Warwick nightclub in Los Angeles.

by Rea Davis @IamReaDavis

Photo credit: Noe Montes/ Remy Producers

The event was certainly one for the books as it was headlined by the legendary, multi-platinum, award-winning super producer Timbaland.

The event was also hosted by The Breakfast Club’s own Charlamagne Tha God, featuring Real 92.3’s DJ Carisma, Power 105.1’s DJ Rey-Mo, and 106 KMEL’s DJ Amen on the ones and twos throughout the evening.

The energy in the room was incredible as the Warwick night club was packed out with producers, artists, media, key influencers, and music industry professionals.

N.O.R.E, Soulja Boy, Seven Streeter, DJ Damage and more were also in attendance showing their support for the one-of-a-kind producer platform.

Four finalists rose to the top of nearly 800 submissions to battle it out for the winning plaque, meetings with label executives, and a $5000-valued gift.

Compton’s own Buckmouth Beatz & LA reigned supreme emerging as the winner of the “Season 3-West” competition.

Charlamagne did what he does best by asking in-depth questions that not only got Timbaland to chronicle and reflect on his musical success, but also provided inspiration to the producers in attendance.

Timbaland revealed that his favorite producers included DeVante Swing, Teddy Riley, Pete Rock, and more with Dr. Dre being at the top of his list of inspirations.

Timbaland also shared that he sat on Ginuwine’s hit record “Pony” for 7 years before it came out!

When it came to advice, Timbaland advised that when everyone is going right musically, producers should take their music and go left, and people will adapt and gravitate towards it.

Charlamagne asked Timb about him being known for sampling sounds like the burp sound in Ginuwine’s “Pony” and the crying baby in Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody”.

“I did that song [“Are You That Somebody”] in two hours. I had to turn that in in 3 hours. When I did that beat, I loved when I stacked the guitars. I didn’t pay attention to if it was a baby; I just listened to the rhythm of the baby laughing.
Static [Major] had it. We had to turn it in the next morning for the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack. She [Aaliyah] did it, and people were like I don’t know if we can play this record; it has a baby crying. People criticized it. Then when it went out, it was the biggest thing ever.”

When Charlamagne asked Timb what would he tell a producer as far as [not] limiting their hustle. Timbaland replied saying,

“Somebody gonna tell you that they don’t like something but it’s a billion people in the world. So if that one person don’t like it, there’s a thousand other people that do, so don’t let that throw you off your game.”

Charlamagne also asked Timbaland who was the first producer that he met, talked to, or heard something from that inspired him to believe he could also be a producer.

“I believe DJ Premier. I think I met him in New York. Very brief; I was a young cat. I shook his hand. Biggie brought something out of Premier that maybe Guru brought something different out of Premier. So it’s like when you find those special cats that match to your production it brings something out of you. You find the greatness out of you,” said Timbaland.

Charlamagne compared the Biggie and Premier situation to Jay Z and Timb, and Timb revealed that Jay Z showed him something in Hip Hop that he didn’t even see, as he showed him something great about himself and his production by following Jay’s lead on “N-gga What, N-gga Who.”

The Remy Martin “Producer Series” has proven itself to be a first of its kind music producer series, as it has featured over 10 top super-producers, and reviewed almost 4,000 tracks! Next, the “Producer Series” ‘Season 3-Midewest’ finalists from Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland and Indianapolis will meet up at the Soulja Boy headlined finale in Chicago to determine who deserves the Midwest crown.