Thursday Morning Dance Party
This week’s column originated with a frantic, foolish, and ultimately ineffective attempt to contact someone who, unbeknownst to me at the time, is one of the most influential forces in contemporary hip hop. Such an inspired idea came to me when my roommate and I, innocently perusing his iTunes for upbeat music to Swiffer the kitchen to, noticed that three of the selected tracks – Furtado’s “Promiscuous” and Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” and “SexyBack” – either featured or were produced by Timbaland, a name neither of us recognized. Having a considerable musical prowess between the two of us, it got into our heads that we were the first to make this connection, the first to give this man his dues. We decided to squirrel away our discovery, figuring we could contact him, conduct an interview and use my column to expose this unsung prodigy to the world, thereby boosting him into the international limelight.