Timbaland has produced millions of hit records, but you can never accuse him of forgetting where he came from.
Before crafting tracks for Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, Timbaland was cutting his production teeth in the studio with 1990s bad-boy R&B quartet Jodeci. Now, he’s back working with the group on a new album — their first in nearly 20 years.
“People who follow Timbaland from day one, I met with [Jodeci member] DeVante [Swing] and I’mma help work on the new Jodeci album, just for y’all,” Tim, a protégé of DeVante’s, told fans during a Hang With video chat from his tour bus.
Jodeci was already well established by the time a young Timbaland came into their fold. The group’s first two LPs, Forever My Lady and Diary of a Mad Band, were multiplatinum successes. But it was on the group’s last album, The Show, the After-Party, the Hotel in 1995, that Timbaland (and a young Missy Elliott) received production credit.
Since that last album, Jodeci’s two star vocalists, brothers K-Ci and JoJo, have gone on to release albums as a separate duo. But rumors of a full reunion continued to circulate for years. Now that the group is finally coming together to make new music, Timbaland is ready to contribute. “That’ll be my career coming in full circle, connecting back with Devante,” he said.