Timbaland Brings Pop And Rock To Shock Value II

Super-producer's new album features guest spots from everyone from Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus to Daughtry.

[artist id="503162"]Timbaland[/artist] is back for another round of mayhem with his new album, Shock Value II.

Hitting stores December 8, the album branches out from strictly hip-hop and features pop stars such as [artist id="1962774"]Katy Perry[/artist], [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] and his good friend [artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist], along with rockers like [artist id="760446"]Nickelback’s[/artist] Chad Kroeger, the [artist id="1946832"]Fray[/artist] and [artist id="2385930"]Daughtry[/artist].

However, [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] is featured on the album’s next single, “Say Something,” about a famous man who makes plenty of money, but neglects to spend enough quality time with his girl.

“What’s a star when his most important fan is missing?” Drake raps. “We can work it out,” he sings on the chorus. On the track, Timbaland describes his relationship with his woman as a “catastrophe,” however the beat is buoyant — “Say Something” is built for the party.

“Meet in tha Middle” is a bit more optimistic, with Tim singing, “We gotta meet in the middle” on the hook. You’ll recognize Brandy’s vocals holding down the background duties, but you definitely won’t believe your ears when she comes in on a guest verse. Credited under the moniker Bran Nu, the veteran singer introduces an MC alter-ego.

“I been giving you more than a little, had the ball then you double-dribbled,” she raps. “You don’t listen, I don’t never get my point across/ I washed your dirty draws, you out with dirty broads/ You did me dirty dawg, cause you’se a dirty dog/ It’s a curtain call and I ain’t mad at all.”

“Undertow” uses piano to bring a smoothed-out, midtempo feel to accompany the vocals of Esthero and the Fray as they sing about not missing out on a great opportunity. Meanwhile, on “If We Ever Meet Again,” Tim and Katy Perry see each other in a bar and the attraction is instant and mutual — but they’re both too shy to make that love connection.

Shock Value II is kicked off by “Morning After Dark” — a track inspired by “Twilight” — featuring [artist id="509202"]Nelly Furtado[/artist] and Tim’s new artist SoShy.