EXCLUSIVE: Timbaland/Dr Dre’s New Artist Hayes Discusses LP, New First 48 Mixtape

(AllHipHop News) Several months ago Timbaland and Dr. Dre signed their mutual protégé, Hayes and the Hip-Hop world rolled out the red carpet for the Detroit rapper.

Fresh off performing select dates with Timbaland on the Shock Value 2 Tour, Hayes is enjoying the buzz he is receiving from his most recent release, First 48 a compilation of 48 mostly original songs.

“Yea, that’s why it’s called First 48. n***as think I’m trying to bite off the show or I’m gonna kill them in 48 hours or something. No n***a its 48 songs. I don’t know why n***as are diggin into it so deep,” Hayes told AllHipHop.com. “Right now I just want to promote that First 48 and getting that to as many people as possible. I think that it’s worth it.”

While many fans enjoy First 48, which features production by JR Rotem, Hit Boi, Akon, The BreakFast Club and Midi Mafia, Hayes is confident that his official release will be a great success with the production assistance from Dre and Timbaland, along with his own lyrical content.

“The situation is 100% fresh. Listen to the First 48, listen to the music. It came out I think like January 14th we started putting it out on the streets and internet,” Hayes told AllHipHop.com. “I want them to feel that there.”

Although his actual album does not have a set release date, Hayes said he is currently working on several songs with Dr. Dre and recorded on Timbaland’s “studio bus” while performing on the Shock Value 2 Tour.

“Timbaland would do a thing where he brought out everybody in each state that we would go to, or people who he worked with, or had a good relationship with, or who was in town,” Hayes told AllHipHop.com. “So the tour had a lot of surprises and it was a lot of fun. We was coming from the concert straight to the studio bus and making music. “

Hayes has been bouncing around the industry for several years now, resting his head in Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Oakland and Las Vegas.

He traveled on the Hard Knock Life Tour with Def Jam in his younger years and was previously signed with Jimmy Iovine at the height of Interscope’s recent success with 50 Cent and Eminem.

“Just being involved with Dr. Dre and Timbaland makes my album highly anticipated off top. And that’s the best thing about the situation, I just signed and the album is already highly anticipated” Hayes told AllHipHop.com. “Just because it’s Dre and Timbaland, people are gravitating towards all my music and whatever type of presence that I have on the internet”

Listeners can check out the First 48 street album for free on www.IAmHayes.com