Textbook Timbo

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Opera Noir
Studio album by Timbaland
Released TBA
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length TBD
Label Mosley, Interscope
Producer Timbaland (executive)
Timbaland chronology
Shock Value II
(2009)
Textbook Timbo
(2014)
Singles from Opera Noir
  1. "Know Bout Me"
    Released: November 21, 2013
  2. "2014 or 2015"

Opera Noir is the upcoming fourth studio album by American record producer and rapper Timbaland.

Background and production[edit]

Originally, Timbaland planned to title his fourth studio album Shock Value III, but he announced his forthcoming album would be titled Opera Noir during his tour with Jay Z in fall 2013.[1] In 2011 and 2012, various songs were released and purported to be on Shock Value III, including "Pass at Me"[2] featuring Pitbull and David Guetta, "Break Ya Back"[3] featuring Dev, and "Red Bone" [4] featuring Petey Pablo. It appears those songs were scrapped and will not appear on Textbook Timbo.

Later, when discussing the name change, Timbaland indicated that there was a reason:

In early December 2013, Timbaland confirmed he was in the mixing stage of his album.[6]

Music and collaborations[edit]

Collaborations confirmed for Textbook Timbo include Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, and Drake.[5] Other collaborations include childhood friend Missy Elliott and Cuban-American singer Kat Dahlia,[7] the former who collaborated on various tracks such as "School Bell Ring", "Done Done" and "Lay It Down".[8][9] Another track featuring Elliott included "This Track Is Stoopid", but was later reworked and leaked as a snippet collaboration with Pusha T.[10][11] There is no confirmation as of yet if Elliott's vocals will be kept in the song's final version.[12]

In discussing "Sorry" featuring Keri Hilson, Timbaland talks about how the song was written as an apology to both Beyoncé and Jay Z:

Promotion and release[edit]

Singles[edit]

On November 15, 2013, the song "Know Bout Me" featuring Jay Z, Drake, and James Fauntleroy premiered on Power 106, the Los Angeles hip-hop radio station.[14] The song was later added to iTunes on November 21, 2013.[1] A lyric video for the song was released on December 12, 2013.[15] It is unclear if "Know Bout Me" is the official first single rather than a promotional single.

Though the track has not been released, a music video was shot for "Been It" with Pharrell Williams, a song described as "an upbeat, heavily Auto-Tuned number" by one reporter.[5] In The New Track A Preview of "4 Horsemen" featuring Jay Z and Drake his new the official first single.

Confirmed tracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Timbaland Announces Textbook Timbo, Previews New Jay Z Song". rap-up.com. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Timbaland Unveils New Single "Pass at Me"". digitalspy.com. 2011-08-11. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Listen to Timbaland Break Ya Back with Dev". billboard.com. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Redbone Trailer Video". timbalandthursdays.com. 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d "No Damn Cliff". nymag.com. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Timbaland Tweet". twitter.com. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  7. ^ James, Nicole (21 May 2013). "Miami Rapper Kat Dahlia Chats Working With Snoop Lion and Timbaland". Fuse.tv. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Missy Elliott & Timbaland - School Bell Ring (Snippet)". SoundCloud.com. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Timbaland – Done Done (feat. Missy Elliott & Sebastian)". Straight Fresh. straightfresh.net. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  10. ^ TonyMC (10 October 2013). "Timbaland Reveals "This Track Is Stoopid" Feat. Pusha T [Snippet]". The Source. TheSource.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "New Music: Timbaland Feat. Pusha T "This Track Is Stoopid" (Snippet)". MissInfo.tv. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Weinstein, Max (10 October 2013). "New Music: Timbaland Feat. Pusha T "This Track Is Stoopid" (Snippet)". Vibe. vibe.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Timbaland and Keri Hilson Pen Apology to Jay Z and Beyonce on 'Sorry'". okayplayer.com. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-12-14. 
  14. ^ "Timbaland Tweet". twitter.com. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  15. ^ "Timbaland - "Know Bout Me"". youtube.com. 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Timbaland & Jay Z Preview Brand New Track "Bounce" Live In Belgium". okayplayer.com. 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  17. ^ "Jay-Z & Timbaland Preview New Tracks “Bounce” and “4 Horsemen” (video)". thefeaturepresentation.com. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-25.