Timbaland to produce Jay-Z album?

Is a Timbaland-produced Jay-Z album on the cards?
Is a Timbaland-produced Jay-Z album on the cards?

For a man who supposedly retired in 2003, Jay-Z is certainly keeping himself busy. Fresh from winning over a sceptical crowd at last month's Glastonbury festival, it's now being reported that he's set to start work on a new album with super-producer Timbaland.

The pair have collaborated before - most successfully on 2000's Big Pimpin' - but if it happens, this will be the first time that Timbaland has produced an entire Jay-Z album. The producer is already claiming that the record will be a "classic".

Worryingly, Timbaland has also suggested that the album will have bagpipes on it, but this could just be a lot of hot air.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.