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 AVITY on March 5, 2012 at 10:01pm
@top3=Ross/Banks/Kiss Alot of people here my n*gga hate to give props where its needed..Jigga's impact in the game is unbeliavable if u ask me..he inspired people like Kanye, T.I, Fabolous,Ross,many others plus Wayne who nowadays pretends to not respect Jay but was also inspired by the n*gga..!!
Comment by top 3 = Ross/Banks/Kiss on March 5, 2012 at 9:40pm
agree @ Avity !!! alotta people like to disrespect him for some reason, even on here !!! it's gonna take for his time to come for people to give him his real props, and when I say everybody, I mean everybody from peers, fans, & the culture !!!
Comment by AVITY on March 5, 2012 at 9:29pm
Jay-Z will always be among the best legendary hiphop artist of all time..he's the past, present & still the future to all rappers in the game ryt now..!!
Comment by J on March 5, 2012 at 8:53pm
KING OF AMERICA... These lil young kids don't know sh!t about hip hop. All they know is Em, Wayne, Drake and the rest of this bs that's out now. PAC is my favorite but Jay-Z is the greatest. The body of work is the best ever! N!ggaz can hate on Jay all they want but in their right mind they now HOV is sick!!! I just got back home from a road trip with my lady and I told her to just listen to J. She said damn & the n!gga doesn't write his s*** down. In my heart 2PAC! But Jay is #1. like J said before... "Do you nigg@z LISTEN to music or skim through it"? Lol. He also said HATING IS HARD WORK. Lmao... Oh yeah and the 40 year old nigg@z still sh!ttin on your favorite rappers. The concerts are crazy nice. Hit after hit after hit. You're on your feet for the whole show!!!
Comment by BizzyMo on March 5, 2012 at 7:49pm
"soureUP: Jay-z best rapper alive, the rest of the f*** could go listen to young money"
Comment by Dwayne on March 5, 2012 at 7:45pm
People need to do their research before they talk. Jay-Z first five albums ALL atleast went platinum with his third going 5 times platinum, and his fourth going platinum in a month, please get ya facts straight before you box with HOVA...
Comment by TAY321 on March 5, 2012 at 7:44pm
stop the hate Listen To The Lyrics Do Your History Use Y'all Ears
Comment by KEIZER SOZE on March 5, 2012 at 7:14pm
JAY-Z is like WEST INDIAN ARCHIE from the movie MALCOM X aka NEVER WRITE anything DOWN (lol)
*MAGOO VOICE* "All up in the cut .. like GAY N####S in BUTT"
Comment by noeleen cupcake on March 5, 2012 at 7:04pm
old skool but on lol
Comment by st Vincent st west on March 5, 2012 at 6:44pm
well half of them where biggie smalls rhymes so i'm not surprised....

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