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Timbaland Preps Michael Jackson Posthumous LP: 'You Got To Be A True Fan To Appreciate What I’m About To Do'

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Timbaland Preps Michael Jackson Posthumous LP: 'You Got To Be A True Fan To Appreciate What I’m About To Do'

Throughout his career, world-renowned production maestro Timbaland has worked with music's best, crafting songs for just about everyone from Jay Z to Justin Timberlake. With a notable resurgence this year, Timbo continues to claim a top spot in the game, but more recently he’s signed on for an incredibly noteworthy project, an album for the late King of Pop.

"To even go bigger would be two kings working together," he told REVOLT about the upcoming project that was initiated by Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. “L.A. Reid came to my house and said, ‘I got something big I want you to do. How would you feel about doing Michael Jackson’s [next project]?’ I said of course I’d do it. It would complete my legacy,” Tim revealed.

Already working on the LP, Timbo suggests that the first single off MJ’s posthumous album should be a track called “Chicago.” Tim says,  “I think this song should be the first [single] because ‘Chicago’ sounds like today.”

The Tim-helmed project will mark the icon’s latest posthumous album since his tragic death in 2009. Since then, Jackson’s record label, Epic, has released a steady flow of material, with the two most notable being 2009’s This Is It and 2010’s Michael.

The news of Timbo’s in-the-works project comes just in time, as the world celebrates the lionized Moonwalker's birthday. Jackson would have turned 55 today.

When asked if the two ever had ever met or had any conversations, Tim revealed that they did. In fact, he described that Jackson called him one time to praise his production work. “He was like, ‘I like your stuff, you’re good.’ I was like, ‘You’re good too.’” It was startlingly similar to a call Tim once shared with another fallen legend, The Notorious B.I.G. “Same thing with B.I.G., me and him was supposed to work and then he got shot the day before my birthday,” Timbo explains.

Shedding some light on his work with MJ’s forthcoming posthumous LP, Tim adds, “It’s hard to bring anything out because now you’re just going to hear my music with his voice on it. So I can take and flip it a little bit and put another tagline and some words and make it a little more current but don’t lose the essence of you getting Michael Jackson’s unreleased stuff with Timbaland putting Timbo underneath it.”

“You got to be a true Michael Jackson fan to appreciate what I’m about to do,” he advised before confirming that work on the album should be rapped by year’s end. Finally, Tim says, “Now after I do Michael Jackson, I will be the man.”

Long live MJ, through Timbo’s sure-to-be-classic sounds.