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Norfolk, Virginia, United States (1993 – present)

Timothy Zachery Mosley (born March 10, 1972 in Norfolk, Virginia, United States) is a Grammy award winning record producer, rapper and singer whose style of production and arranging was very influential in music during the mid-1990s. With partner Magoo, he is a member of the hip hop group Timbaland & Magoo and is the older brother of rapper Sebastian. He released his debut solo album, Tim’s Bio: Life From Da Bassment in 1998, followed by Shock Value in 2007, and its follow up, Shock Value II in 2009. He has produced hit tracks for many artists and has his own record label, Mosley Music Group.

Timbaland is similar to producers such as Norman Whitfield in that he helped to redefine the sound of an entire genre of music with an immediately recognizable production style. The songs he produces feature unusual arrangements, sounds, and instrumentation, tied together by a trademark sense of rhythm. Like Spector and Whitfield, Timbaland’s production sometimes overshadows the credited performer and becomes the actual “star” of the song. With songwriters Steve “Static” Garrett and childhood friend Missy Elliott, Timbaland has helped to create some of the most successful songs in modern pop music and urban music, including singles for Aaliyah, Ginuwine, SWV, Total, and 702.

Mosley grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, where he became acquainted with Missy Elliott and Melvin Barcliff, whose MC name was “Magoo.” Originally a disc jockey known as “DJ Timmy Tim,” Mosely began making hip-hop backing tracks on a Casio keyboard he owned. In 1993 Elliott heard his material and, taken by Mosley’s unique sense of rhythm, immediately began working with him.

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  • Tahula

    Where's new album Timbo? [2]

    Yesterday 5:42pm Reply
  • mathpaixao

    We Belong To Music (feat. Miley Cyrus) ♥_♥

    14 Apr 2:29am Reply
  • TheHottestBitch

    Morning After Dark (Featuring Nelly Furtado & SoShy)

    13 Apr 3:23pm Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    Where's new album Timbo?

    11 Apr 12:20pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    No idea. You just don't turn a song about death into a song about how great you are.

    20 Jan 11:02am Reply
  • Tahula

    Then why did you listen to 22 times?

    15 Jan 3:12pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Timothy Where Have You Been is such a awful idea even if it is just a sample due to the original's topic.

    14 Jan 10:19pm Reply
  • LUCE08

    Know Bout Me is dope!

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Tahula

    one of the few guys who produces enjoyable and interesting overexposed mainstream music, greg kurstin is also like that

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • EslamAbosaed

    It's truth. The Timbaland's work with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake is so lovely. [2]

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • EslamAbosaed

    I love his work with Nelly Furtado [10] Know Bout Me ♥

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • franciscospi

    Know Bout Me is actually better than whole SV II. Except for Carry Out. Hoping for more hip-hop and rnb collaboration than pop trash ones.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • matheusmaia_

    Timothy Where You Been (feat. Jet) ♥

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • feellipp

    It's truth. The Timbaland's work with Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake is so lovely.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JaderLost

    Lose Control (feat. JoJo) ♥ [2]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LikeDuff

    <3

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Aerienn

    I love his work with Nelly Furtado and Aaliyah :)

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • geamado

    I love his work with Nelly Furtado [9]

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ADAILTONCASTRO

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • iPowers

    I was so not expecting him to feature someone like Chad Kruger in one of his songs. That was pretty awesome. Have lots of respect for this guy for making Justin Timberlake's music awesome!

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
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