Timbaland Speaks On Jay-Z's Incredible Ability To Memorize Rhymes Without Writing Them Down From 'Indecent Proposal' Sessions


We've all heard stories about Jay-Z being able to walk into a studio, hear a beat and minutes later spit a hot 16 bars, but some are still skeptical. The thought being how can anyone have such a large number of hits using complex rhyme patterns without writing down the lyrics?


Timbaland has produced some of Hov's biggest songs so he has seen the man work up close on many occasions. However it was during the recording of his own 2001 Timbaland & Magoo album, Indecent Proposal, that he may have been the most impressed by the Brooklyn MC and his ability to spit lyrics only from memory.


Check out what Timbo had to say about Jay-Z on Facebook recently:


food for thought - ya boi Jay-Z always use to come thru the studio when i was workin in nyc. so i said to him one day while he was sittin on the couch, yo i may got somethang for you. he said cool where it at? so i played him the instrumental for "party people" he bop his head said whooo. than after the whoo!! you just saw mumbling almost lookin like he was possess by a something, then 15-20mins later he said "yo i'm ready can i go in the booth" i was like sappy ready for wat? he said "you wanted 16 rite? i said yea if you got it. he said "yeah i got it" the engineer plays the track and this was his 1st take http://youtu.be/P71crMPDd2U.



no stoppin just pausing for the ad-libbing. now mind you i'm sittin there like na no way that had to be written but then i thought how he knew to go off that sound in my beat? he walks out & was like cool? i was dayum rite cool haha. i just look at him like dude you think your good don't you. he just reply wit that famous laugh & said "wat else you got" so i played him this other beat & told him nah fool i cant put you on this one cuz this is for timbaland & magoo he said "then n*gga why you play it" i said cause i like to p*ss you off like dat. i told him i was still workin on my verse he said "play the track" this is no lie he gets up walks to the kitchen grabs something to drink & starts that mumbling again. i'm like why does this fool keep mumblin. then out of no where you hear a loud whoooo from him. i'm like whooo wat. he keeps mumbling after we loop the track for like 30mins. around 45mins he said "can i lay this" i said lay what. he said "lay this verse" i said dummy didn't i just tell you dis is for timbaland and magoo? he said "i know this ain't for me" he goes in & laid a verse that had nuthin to do wit him but something about me. then said on the mic "yo how many verse you said you needed? i was like what the hell is goin on. me & my engineer jimmy dougalus look at each other like wow. so to make a long story short he laid both verses i learned them and gave y'all this: http://youtu.be/R0pB6ItrHFc ("indian carpet").

now go back & listen to the lyrics. just know one of the greatest of all time will forever be Jay-Z. when i get some more time i'll hit y'all wit some crazy justin timberlake stories of us in the studio and why he is one of the greatest also.

Where does Jay-Z rank in your list of top MC's after reading what Timbaland has to say about him?




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Comment by Jon-Oh! on March 6, 2012 at 1:03am
i did my whole mini-series/album the same way
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:18am
i know jay dyin to remake sensual seduction over...i heard he be singin it to beyonce!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:17am
when pac said "all i need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend" it was tha hardest shet out, but when jay bounced it, tha shet sound soff as baby shet afta they overdose on that soy based infamel!!
jay could make tha hardest shet sound weak!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:14am
OF COURSE jay dont gotta write down his rhymes...thazz cos biggie, noz, and snoop already spit em!! all jay do is flip they lines in his head and make it sound corney!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:11am
i seent jay writin blue print on a dirty paper towel...then when timbalands wasnt lookin he hid it behind tha fat rolls on tha negga neck!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:10am
memorizin is actually one of tha EASIEST mental tasks cos ya brain remodels its connection to make memory easier...you juss gotta do shet repeatedly till ya brain learns!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:08am
and stop usin t.i. 4000 calculators...do ya algerbra, trig, and calc on ya own...lazy brain neggaz!!
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on March 6, 2012 at 12:07am
negga dat aint shet, my betch remember tha whole grocery list and she aint wrote shet down neeva...before there was ever a PEN, a CALCULATOR, and CELL PHONE OR A FUGGIN COMPUTER, there existed sumthin far more powerful: THA HUMAN MIND!! use more then ten percent of ya joint and you be amazed how much you could do...erry device that we call "smart" is DESIGNED to make ya mind DUMM! before a cell phone contact list you hadda remember ya folks numbers...i make it a point to MEMORIZE ERRYBODY NUMBER who is of importance to me...so in case my Smart device battery dies, i dont die along wit it!!
Comment by HavBooGie on March 5, 2012 at 11:10pm
G.o.a.t Jayz and
Comment by Takyla (Tiki) Robinson on March 5, 2012 at 11:00pm
That's cool

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