Forget Justin Timberlake and Destiny's Child -- Timbaland and Pharrell Are Back!

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So, Justin Timberlake and Destiny's Child dropped two singles over the weekend, and people who mostly grew up in the last decade rejoiced. Everybody else was like, "What the hell is this all about?"

Both these major pop entities haven't dropped new music in a long while. Timberlake, who hasn't released an album since that monster hit FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006 and has been spending his time trying to be a movie matinee idol, had people worrying he might end up being the white-boy version of D'Angelo. Meanwhile, Destiny's Child hasn't released any music as a group since their 2004 album Destiny Fulfilled. I'm sure we all assumed the show on those three were over since Beyonce Knowles went on to become THE BIGGEST POP DIVA OF ALL TIME. So, why the hell would she need to get the band back together again?

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-I'm A White R&B Singer From Red Hook, Brooklyn: Should I Even Bother?


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Sounds Go Through The Muscles: Bjork's Top Ten Hip-Hop Connections

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Coming to you from heaven's art gallery: "Triumph Of A Heaven."
As you may have heard, Björk's latest album, Biophilia, has been specially designed to work best on an Alphasmart 2000 word-processor. This pioneering piece of multimedia is likely huge fun for tech-heads, but for music fans it might also be the aural equivalent of playing with your food. And Björk's food is usually fine as is.

So, then, why not take the opportunity of Biophilia's release to plot Björk's hip-hop connections. She said that Public Enemy's music was a fixture on the Sugarcubes' tour bus back in the day. Since fleeing that band and going solo, she's maintained on-and-off collaborations with rap artists and industry figures alike. Here then are Björk's ten most prominent connections to rap, listed in chronological order for optimum nerd-friendliness.

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I Miss You: Aaliyah's Indelible Influence On A Generation Of Male Artists

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For a generation, the unexpected death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton 10 years ago today remains as significant as the deaths of Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. This especially rings true for millennial men, who were just realizing girls really didn't have cooties when Aaliyah released her debut, Age Ain't Nothin' But A Number, in 1994. In the years since the plane carrying her and her entourage crashed shortly after taking off, killing everyone on board, the fanboy-like appreciation for Aaliyah has only grown.


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The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game's The R.E.D. Album

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This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisions about which ten to include. If you can think of a more damning condemnation of both commercial gangsta-rapper woes and major-label wastefulness, I'm all ears.

For mid-level major-label rappers like Game, keeping your fans satisfied while they wait impatiently for a product you keep desperately promising is right around the corner has become a melancholy fact of life. Unless you currently have at least two Top Ten hits currently floating in the radio-playlist soup, your album is a theoretical construct, no more "around the corner" than universal health care.

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No, Timbaland Did Not Try To Commit Suicide

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TMZ with the scoop re: a disturbing "possible suicide attempt APB" put out yesterday on Timbaland, reportedly distraught over the theft of his $2 million Jacob & Co. watch. (!!!!?) They found him, the cops talked to him, and "after the evaluation, paramedics determined Timbaland was not a threat to himself and left." Well, alright. Let us note, as many already have, that today is the 9th anniversary of Aaliyah's death and hope that that's the end of that.

Timbaland Will Leak Your Songs, Rappers: Jay-Z's "Venus vs. Mars"

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The mind boggles at the torture and ritualistic maiming that must be underway inside Timbaland's lab, as the producer managed to leak all three of the tracks he produced for Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 within about 48 hours of one another. Jay: you might think about retaliating, and just pull all of them right off the album! That will show Timothy you're not messing around. Drake can have "Off That," the half-decent "Reminder" could become a bonus track or something, and whatever homeless man wants to pick up "Venus vs. Mars" off the discard pile outside your Tribeca loft can have it. If he wants it.

Jay-Z - Venus vs. Mars (prod. Timbaland) [2DopeBoyz]


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