Before they collaborated on Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Jay-Z and the album’s main producer Timbaland had a bit of healing to do. See, during the recording of The Blueprint 3, the pair had a falling out over what Timbaland calls “petty” personal stuff and not “industry” stuff in an interview with Revolt TV. While neither of them really elaborate, it sounds like their working relationship deteriorated, thanks in part to some of the album’s tracks like “Ain’t I” leaking.
“A couple songs was getting leaked and that was his songs, and that whole thing just ruined the whole process,” Hova said. “And Kanye, who was the executive producer of Blueprint 3, was like ‘Let’s get Tim, let’s bring Tim in,’ and we were all inviting to him and [he] just wasn’t accepting of the process.” Apparently what played out next was like an episode of My Super Sweet 16. Timbaland skipped Jay-Z’s 40th birthday party, and Jay skipped Timbaland’s, though he did send a gift.
“I was wrong,” admits Tim.
The pals met up again when Jay-Z was doing his inaugural shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and they patched things up. Now Timbaland is making the reconciliation official with a track called “Sorry.” The song also features a guest spot by Keri Hilson, who had her own little beef with Beyoncé stemming from a perceived dis toward Mrs. Carter on her 2008 remix of “Turnin’ Me On.” As recent as this March, Hilson was still hearing it from the Bey Hive, leading to her breaking down on Twitter, as the Huffington Post reports.
So, with Magna Carta topping the charts, it seems the hatchet is buried, and hopefully soon we’ll get to hear Timbaland’s take-me-back track. “Now we see each other, don’t even speak. That’s fucked up. I missed your 40th and that hurt me so deep. Accept my apology,” he says.
Pass the tissues, please. It’s getting a little dusty in here.