Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail arrives tomorrow, July 4, and though we’ve learned much about the man’s 12th studio album — the cover art, the lyrics, the collaborators — we’ve still yet to get into the nitty gritty. Enter Timbaland. The multi-faceted producer had a major hand in the making of MCHG and he goes in-depth about that experience in the lengthy new interview above dubbed “Timbaland Unlocks the Holy Grail.”
In speaking to Revolt TV, he discusses the process behind many of the album’s songs, and even plays some snippets along the way. He also addresses his former fallout with Jigga and his return to the Roc Nation fold; his experience in helping to craft Justin Timberlake’s sound; what it was like to mentor J. Cole (currently No. 2 on the charts); and his personal struggles with drug use and creativity. Oh, and he refers to Kanye West’s Yeezus as “Rage Against the Machine” rap. Awesome. Dig into that revealing, intimate chat above.