What do you know about “Def Dual Productions”? Over the past 20 years, Virginia has been a hotbed of musical innovation. Missy Elliott. Timbaland. The Neptunes. Teddy Riley. D’Angelo. Over the past month, Chris Williams has taken an in-depth look at this area of the United States, examining why it’s birthed such talent. In this special series sees Chris Williams sitting down with Gene “No Malice” Thornton, one half of the rap duo the Clipse to discuss their relationships with The Neptunes at the beginning of their career, where he revealed that No Malice and Timbaland were in a group called ‘Def Dual Productions’.
“Hip hop was always a hobby to me. I really believed that this was something I could do, but I was in Virginia and there were no outlets here and that type of stuff only happened in big cities. When I considered making music, it was only because one of my homies told me he found a guy who could make beats. This was when I was in high school.
I know you don’t really rap because you don’t like anyone’s beats but I found this guy, and he makes good beats.” The dude was Timbaland, but his name was DJ Timmy Tim at the time. Tim and I used to make music as kids in high school together. We were in a gang at the time. Tim would make beats for the entire gang. Everybody in the gang had a partner. We were called DDP which stood for Def Dual Productions. He made beats for all of us.
This was the first time I thought about being a rapper. When I knew Timbaland, I didn’t know Chad or Pharrell yet. Pharrell and Tim knew each other because they went to the same church. Timbaland lived behind our childhood home. Where we used to hustle at, he lived in a townhouse there. We hustled in a place called Bridle Creek. So when I met and starting working with Chad and Pharrell, I thought it could be a possibility. They were always practicing. It was non-stop. Where they are now is a reflection of all the hard work they did back then. It makes total sense.
Justin Timberlake won 2 ASCAP Music Awards last week at the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards for the Timbaland produced singles ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Not A Bad Thing’.
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors (Official Video) (2013)
Justin Timberlake - Not A Bad Thing (Official Video) (2014) *http://justintimberlake.com/news/247073
Tink stops through the VIP with Gray Rizzy and DJ Superstar Jay to talk about how she got signed, the new single Ratchet Commandments, working with her mentor Timbaland and her path to being the next big thing in hip hop.
Tink is slowly becoming one of the most talked about up-and-coming artists in the music industry. Tink got her first taste of stardom when her rendition of Rick Ross‘ “Movin’ Bass” made its rounds on the Internet; thanks in part to Timbaland dropping it online. While the record may have gained Tink a lot of recognition, Ross wasn’t too happy about the rapper recreating his song. “I took it for what it was. The song never really got put out the proper way, but at the same time, for people to hear me next to Jay and Ross, helped me gain a lot of respect,”
Tink told MTV News. The rapper added,”If I run into Ross, and if you’re listening, and you need help making another smash, I’m still here. I’m open.” Since the online premiere of “Movin’ Bass,” Tink has dropped several mixtapes including Winter’s Diary and Winter’s Diary 2. Working alongside one of the best producers in the industry has helped the rapper-singer hone her skills as an artist. “Working with Timbaland, he gives me insight, he throws me different ways to approach the beat and those extra tips go a long way,” the rapper told MTV News.
MMG signee Rachel Assil is credited on Ciara's new album 'Jackie' on the tune 'Fly', you can check out the song below and make sure to cop Ciara's new album 'Jackie' now on iTunes, thanks to Fubu.
Ciara - Fly (Rachel Assil) (15’)