Timbaland Says Someone Tried To Sabotage His Relationship With Jay-Z

The producer explains his theory with Mixtape Daily behind the leaks of his Blueprint 3 collaborations.

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Ever since the Tim-produced tracks from The Blueprint 3 leaked, people have been speculating about whether the two had problems. But the producer himself has a conspiracy theory about the leaks.

“There’s no beef between us,” Tim expressed to us not too long ago, admitting that the two had a serious talk about the premature release of songs the two collaborated on, most notably a record called “Rumors” that also featured [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist].

“Me and Jay is kinda weird,” Timbaland said recently in New York, when asked when he and Young Hov would work together again. “Musically, I take friendship very serious. Me and Jay, sometimes people think we have falling-outs. We don’t have falling-outs, it’s that we don’t communicate at the proper time. I take friendship very seriously. I wanna tell him how I might feel about a situation. The last time we talked, he understood how I felt. He saw my point with the Keri stuff being leaked out and everything. I had nothing to do with that. I would never do that to him. Nothing against his wishes. It bothered me so bad, I went on hiatus for a minute, because I would never disrespect his wishes. Like, ‘I’m trying to do this with my album, please don’t let that song get out or no leakage.’ … Four months later, the song is leaked. I felt so bad, because I would never want my friend to feel like we had some miscommunications.”

Tim explained that someone hacked into his engineer’s e-mail and stole the files of Blueprint 3 songs “Venus vs. Mars” and “Off That,” the first to be leaked from the album. He said they hadn’t determined a destination for “Rumors,” though they thought it wasn’t right for Blueprint 3 or for Tim’s Shock Value II. They decided to leave it in the vault, but it somehow made its way onto the Internet last fall. The super-producer says the leak was a blatant attempt by an unknown mastermind trying to damage their relationship.

“I felt like, ‘What in the world? Who is trying to sabotage our friendship?’ ” Tim recalled. “That bothers me. I respect my friends, because I don’t got a lot of them, and he’s one of my friends in the music industry. I felt like, ‘I’ll remove myself. If people wanna play us against each other, I’ll bow out.’ We talk about personal stuff. I don’t want him to feel like he can’t talk to me about certain things. We both said to [each other] one day, we know we don’t need each other musically, but we are friends. I’m like, ‘I hope you realize that. But I want you to realize that me and you are like Dre and Snoop.’ Sometimes I don’t think he understands that. When we get together, we do make magic.”

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