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A yr just after Nelly Furtado dropped her now acclaimed debut album, 2000’s Whoa, Nelly!, she gifted us yet another fated launch: a remix of Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On.” With rapid-hearth verses from Furtado and rapper Twista, the music showed us that the singer from British Columbia was not prepared to be boxed into any style — and that she had discovered a kindred spirit in producer Timbaland.
“I’m quite much rapping it’s fully me and Tim coming collectively and building some form of electric power,” Furtado told the Fader in 2016, remembering their operate collectively on the single.
It was the starting of an extremely successful collaborative relationship, as Timbaland would go on to co-produce, co-produce and characteristic on Furtado’s 3rd album, 2006’s Unfastened, and the two would hop on the megahit “Give it to Me” collectively with Justin Timberlake in 2007. The aughts were a magical time for all 3 artists, and the trio was explosive when they merged their skills.
Now, 16 several years later, we have a second single from Furtado, Timbaland and Timberlake: “Preserve Likely Up,” a preview to Timbaland’s future tumble album, and his very first solo single in 8 a long time.
To rejoice this unpredicted reunion, we looked back at Furtado and Timbaland’s collaborative timeline to revisit tracks that will hardly ever go away our playlists.
‘Get Ur Freak On (Remix)’ (2000)
Prior to Timbaland and Furtado teamed up to make authentic tunes with each other, the two labored on a pair of remixes. In 2000, subsequent the release of Whoa, Nelly!, Furtado hopped on a remix of the Timbaland-created Missy Elliott strike “Get Ur Freak On.” Presented the pop mother nature of her individual new music, Furtado notes that “Get Ur Freak On” was her “1st ‘street’ strike” that showcased her pseudo rap abilities. “Placing that out was significant, and it did seriously nicely,” Furtado instructed the Fader. If successful a Grammy Award off her debut album failed to increase her profile ample, Furtado’s feature on “Get Ur Freak On” placed the singer on some even greater stages, such as the MTV Online video Audio Awards and the Tv concert special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration. — Melody Lau
‘Turn Off the Gentle (Remix)’ (2000)
The original version of “Switch Off the Mild” was one particular of Furtado’s biggest hits at the time, and it was a crunchy mix of people-pop with a sprinkling of a hip-hop groove. On the other hand, when Timbaland and rapper Ms. Jade jumped on a remix, the tune was injected with bouncy beats and reassembled into a club-completely ready banger. Stripping absent the ominous hums at the beginning of the track might feel like a little alter, but it shifted the vibe of the keep track of and made it lighter. Timbaland’s re-worked intro featured the identical truncated “womp” appears showcased in the opening of Ginuwine’s 1996 strike “Pony,” which Timbaland also manufactured. “I truly, actually want you to see me/ so little one do not switch off the lights woman,” he sings at the beginning, transforming Furtado’s authentic theme of emotion inhibited in the bed room into an empowerment jam. As a substitute of sounding pissed off with herself and seeking to vanish into the darkness, “Whose gonna turn off the light-weight?” feels like an invitation to a late-evening tryst thanks to Timbaland’s magic touch. — Natalie Harmsen
It is really extremely hard to pick only one music from Loose, the chart-topping 2006 album that Furtado and Timbaland worked on so carefully alongside one another, so we have picked two (see below). “Promiscuous” was the guide one for Unfastened, and the immediate club hit became Furtado’s 1st No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts, and longest-standing so considerably. In advance of the defeat drops, Furtado asks, “Am I throwing you off?” and stakes her claim as the lead on the monitor. Timbaland’s assured return — “Nope” — steers the two into a verse-for-verse swap that is flirtatious, alluring and respectful.
“I try to remember staying a bit shy to set it out,” Furtado informed the Fader, of the track. “That was in all probability the content material, the fact that it truly is called ‘Promiscuous.’ I hadn’t accomplished anything at all completely wrong but women of all ages are always judged. I’ve given that altered my brain about that. By the time ‘Promiscuous’ came out, I was tremendous satisfied. I generally felt like the male and woman voices have been equals. It was developed in that tradition of a TLC or a Salt-N-Pepa song, the place the gals are assertive and just like, ‘I’m Ok with my sexuality.'”
The online video for “Promiscuous,” helmed by Toronto’s award-winning Director X, would also tease Furtado’s upcoming 2007 hit one: Justin Timberlake made a silent cameo. — Holly Gordon
‘Say it Right’ (2006)
From the extremely to start with second of “Say it Right,” it is really apparent that Furtado and Timbaland experienced a polished, seismic bop on their palms. The song’s hip-swaying rhythm was the driving pressure, and when paired with the infectious yet uncomplicated chorus (“Oh, you don’t imply nothing at all to me”) it experienced listeners hooked, soaring to No. 1 on the Billboard Warm 100. Furtado told BBC that “Say it Proper” was 1 of the tunes she had no plan would become a strike: “The point that even now perplexes me about the song is that I still can’t set into phrases what it really is about,” she mentioned. “I imagine it can be maybe about personal, visceral abandon. Throwing oneself into a little something without having inhibitions.” She cited the Eurythmics as an inspiration for the song, conveying that she and Timbaland listened to the team a ton though developing Loose.
In 2020, Tame Impala included the monitor and two many years later on, Gen Z found Free, main to the song’s resurgence on TikTok. “Say it Suitable” went viral as the consequence of user @jamie32bsh dancing and singing alongside to the hit (Furtado even re-shared the clip in a charming TikTok of her have). — NH
‘Give it to Me’ (2007)
Immediately after the mega-successes of Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and Furtado’s Free, Timbaland (who produced equally albums) reunited with the pop stars for “Give it to Me,” the direct one off his sophomore solo album, Shock Worth. It would go on to develop into Timbaland’s only No. 1 strike with him as the lead artist, but it came with pretty a large amount of controversy. Explained by Furtado as “the first-at any time pop diss track,” the club-pop anthem seemingly tackled a number of beefs at the moment, inspiring heaps of enthusiast theories as to who the tune was aimed at.
Timbaland’s lyrics (“I’m a serious producer and you just the piano person”) have been a jab at fellow producer Scott Storch, who experienced accused Timbaland of not offering him credit as a co-producer on Timberlake’s hit “Cry Me a River.” Timberlake’s verse (“We skipped you on the charts previous 7 days — damn, which is right, you wasn’t there”) is a little bit more obscure, though numerous assumed it was about Prince, who reportedly stated the following at an Emmy Awards afterparty: “For whoever is saying that they are bringing captivating back, hot by no means still left!” Furtado was still left mostly unscathed, with some suggesting that she was feuding with fellow pop star Fergie, who allegedly modelled her solo album after Furtado’s sound. Those people rumours had been immediately dismissed. Whilst Furtado has admitted that she regrets releasing this music, noting that “we place a whole lot of destructive electricity out into the planet,” “Give it to Me” nevertheless acted as a chart-topping victory lap for 3 of music’s biggest stars at the time. When you happen to be at the prime of your activity, why wouldn’t you want to boast a minor? — ML
‘Keep Going Up’ (2023)
“How you been, youthful woman? Does the experience however drive you mad?” Timbaland asks off the major, instantly dropping a callback ahead of a softened but “Promiscuous”-encouraged beat drops. Marking the studio reunion of Furtado, Timbaland and Timberlake immediately after 16 decades, “Keep Likely Up” is an optimistic, upbeat quantity that has its singers wanting again about some really hard several years. “I been workin’ on my gains currently/ I been lovin’ myself on the everyday/ experienced to lower some people off, they ended up drainin’/ I am no more time settlin’, I’m upgradin’,” Furtado sings on her initial verse, as she and Timberlake share the vocal highlight with supportive nudges from Timbaland. “It felt like the instant when we did ‘Say it Proper,” Timbaland said in the creating-of video clip for the new track. “It really is almost like we can study every other’s minds, and you will find a ton of belief there,” Furtado additional. We hope it’s just the beginning of a new collaborative chapter for both equally of them. — HG