One of the world’s most sought after rap and R&B producers, Timbaland’s collaborations read like a who’s who list of the great and the good in the record industry. To name but a few, the American music behemoth has worked with Jay-Z, Madonna, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Rihanna. Timbaland also recently announced that he is working on the production of unreleased material from the late Michael Jackson. Throw in his solo career and you’ve got a true pop all-rounder.
Justin Timberlake – ‘Cry Me A River’
With its clever use of beat-boxing and phrasing, this is the song that cemented Timberlake’s reputation as a bona fide chart-topping pop star and finally allowed him to shed his squeaky, boy-band image.
Missy Elliott – ‘Get Ur Freak On’
The perfect larger-than-life track for larger-than-life rapper Missy Elliott, at the time the sheer unconventionality of the song, from its funky Indian strings, to its bhangra-inspired feel, sounded uniquely fresh when it hit the charts in 2001.
Timbaland will be performing as part of the All Stars – Live DJ Performance. Dhs550-Dhs2,200. 10pm, September 26, Dubai World Trade Centre Arena, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.ticketmaster.ae