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After a long wait, Timbaland has announced that he and fellow collaborator Missy Elliot, are both planning on releasing individual albums this upcoming June, according to the Rolling Stone magazine.
“Right now, we’re just preparing to get both our videos, our first singles, shot kinda at the same time,” Timbaland told MTV, “We want to do it as a movement and spontaneously. I just don’t want to move too ahead of her, and she doesn’t wanna move too ahead of me.”
The duo came out with a single in 2011 titled ‘Take Ur Clothes off’. It was released in January and was offered for free. However it did not manage to make much of a splash on the market.
For Timbaland this will be his first full length release since Shock Value II, which was released in 2009. HipHop DX reviewed the album, and while it gained some respect within the Hip Hop industry, it did not live up to its predecessor, Shock Value. However, Timbaland has helped many other artists gain fame over the years and has produced numerous works that cross and exceed the labels within hip hop.
His biography states that he has worked with artists such as Jodeci, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Destiny’s Child, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Jay-z, Justin Timberlake, The Fray and even Bjork. For Missy Elliot, this upcoming album will be her first since ‘The Cookbook’, which was produced in 2005, marking a seven year itch. In the meantime, however, she revealed to The Juice that she has been diagnosed with Graves disease, an autoimmune disorder.
“I’m 30 pounds lighter because I’ve been exercising.” the MC told People last year. “My thyroid is functioning, so I haven’t had to take medication in about nine months. [But] you live with it for the rest of your life.”
The femcee has since been featured with Katy Perry and J. Cole, and released a single ‘Best, Best’ in 2008 which was planned to be a taste of a following album, ‘Block Party’. The album, however, was never released. It is unknown whether the album coming out in June will be ‘Block Party’ or something new, said the Rolling Stone magazine.
Missy, much like Timbaland, has also helped keep her name in the charts by worked with a number of varying artists. According to her website, musicians such as Pink, Mya, Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Mariah Carey, and Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Sean Combs) have had the pleasure of working with the 40-year-old rapper.
One of the biggest questions currently circulating about the upcoming albums is who will Timbaland and Missy be working with and feature, since both are known to work with a range of different artists. Without a doubt, however, the albums are highly anticipated, as both artists have a knack for producing top 40 music.