, the producer most responsible for the sound of hip-hop circa the late '90s, finally released his proper solo debut (after a 1997 LP recorded as Timbaland & Magoo
) in late 1998. It's not quite the personal statement implied in the title, but it is full of excellent productions. He spoofs the hip-hop fad of sampling '80s pop by rewiring familiar themes, like those of Spiderman and I Dream of Jeanie, into barely recognizable forms. Timbaland
regulars like Missy Elliott
and Magoo contribute tracks, though the best songs here feature multi-platinum rappers like Nas
("To My") and Jay-Z
("Lobster & Scrimp"). Though his trademark style of stuttered beats and obtuse samples is probably best witnessed on singles by Missy Elliott
, Tim's Bio
is a solid introduction to the talents of hip-hop's best young producer of the late '90s.