Timbaland, the renowned hip-hop producer who recently helped craft such hits as Aaliyah's "Try Again" and Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'," is now turning his attention toward alternative rock and has lined up studio time with Beck and Papa Roach.
Tim and Beck have been talking about collaborating since they met backstage at a TV taping a few months back, and the two will head into an L.A. studio in the first week of September to cut material for Beck's upcoming album and the next Timbaland and Magoo record.
"I met Beck at [a taping of 'Jimmy And Doug's] Farmclub.com," Timbaland told MTV News from a New York City studio where he was laying down more solo material. "Jay-Z said [Beck] wanted to meet me, and I came up there with Jay and I hooked up with him [there].
When asked how he came to approach Papa Roach, whose "Infest" LP is currently in the "Billboard" Top
10, Tim said he got turned on to the group after hearing an early promo of the record.
"I just liked the album from DreamWorks before it really starting blowing up," he said, "and I wanted to do a song with them. [RealAudio] It's [a basic track] that I came up with, and I told them that if they hear anything, add to it."
Timbaland, who has also been busy with several tracks for Aaliyah's third solo album, noted there was one venerable rock group that was next on his potential hit list.
"I really wanna do a song with Metallica," he said. "I really like that track they did for the 'Mission: Impossible 2' film."
In between all those projects, Timbaland continues to work on the next Timbaland and Magoo album, titled "Indecent Proposal," which is due out in February
2001 and is expected
to feature guest spots from Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg.
Timbaland, who has been nominated for a "Source" Hip-Hop Award for Producer Of The Year, can be seen in Jay-Z's new video for "Hey Papi," a clip slated to premiere on "TRL" next week.