Timbaland Took Break From Music Because of Jay-Z
Contrary to popular belief, Timbaland wants everyone to know that his relationship with Jay-Z is all good. When three songs that he produced for Jay-Z's 'The Blueprint 3' leaked last year there was speculation that their relationship was in jeopardy, but according to Tim there's no beef between him and Jay-Z.
"Me and Jay is kinda weird," he told MTV in a recent interview. "Musically I take friendship very serious. Me and Jay, sometimes people think we have fallings-out. We don't have fallings-out, it's that we don't communicate at the proper time. I take friendship very seriously. I wanna tell him how I might feel about a situation. The last time we talked, he understood how I felt. He saw my point with the Keri [Hilson] stuff being leaked out and everything. I had nothing to do with that. I would never do that to him. Nothing against his wishes. It bothered me so bad I went on hiatus for a minute, because I would never disrespect his wishes. Like, 'I'm trying to do this with my album, please don't let that song get out or no leakage.' Four months later, the song is leaked. I felt so bad, because I would never want my friend to feel like we had some miscommunications."
Tim said that someone hacked into his engineer's e-mail and stole files for the songs 'Venus vs. Mars', 'Off That' and 'Rumors' ft/ Keri Hilson in a blatant attempt to try and damage his friendship with Jay-Z.
"I felt like, 'What in the world? Who is trying to sabotage our friendship?' That bothers me. I respect my friends, because I don't get a lot of them. And he's one of my friends in the music industry. I felt like, 'I'll remove myself. If people wanna play us against each other, I'll bow out.' We talk about personal stuff. I don't want him to feel like he canít talk to me about certain things. We both said to [each other] one day, we know we don't need each other musically, but we are friends. I'm like, 'I hope you realize that. But I want you to realize that me and you are like Dre and Snoop.' Sometimes I don't think he understands that. When we get together, we do make magic."