For someone with as much hype as Timbaland, it sure has taken a long time for his newest album Shock Value to leak. And for someone with so much hype, Timbaland sure does take a lot of chances. His newest album has an amazing array of guests artists; from JT to Elton John, from Dr. Dre to Fallout Boy. It doesn't always work, and doesn't make for a completely cohesive album, but at least it's always interesting. Most disappointingly though, the track featuring MIA is available only on the UK release of the album.
"Oh Timbaland" is a great lead off track and perhaps my favourite from the album, using an amazing Nina Simone sample for the chorus. He was somehow able to remix her chorus to "Sinnerman" ("Oh Sinnerman, Where you gonna run to?") to "Oh Timbaland, Where you gonna run to?" Ha! Simply brilliant. Not only is he able to use someone like Simone, he is able to quickly transition to pop artists like JT. For this he deserves our respect.
Bonus Track - Release (feat. Justin Timberlake)