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 SonGetWrec on March 6, 2012 at 12:45pm
@king of america...jay z is not the "godfather of hip hop". that title is more suited for someone like Africa Bambatta, Krs-One, Rakim, Kurtis Blow...do you even know who any of these people are? not trying to fight, just wanna see what your scope of knowledge is on this culture. PEACE.
Comment by Jordan on March 6, 2012 at 12:37pm
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Comment by Hue Jastle on March 6, 2012 at 12:12pm
in this day in age of hip hop.. I personally admire rappers who actually take the time to craft, write and perfect their rhymes before they go on a track
Comment by Hue Jastle on March 6, 2012 at 12:09pm
myself... I never thought there was ever more than 2 or 3 songs on each of his albums that I actually liked... other than Reasonable Doubt... pretty much that whole album was good... but Jay turned into a hit maker... his hits were the best songs on the album usually
Comment by Hue Jastle on March 6, 2012 at 12:06pm
it's not like Jay Z is incredibly witty on his punch lines or anything... he is an alright story telling rapper but honestly his word play isn't superior... many people confuse success with ability
Comment by cool aid loc on March 6, 2012 at 11:21am
how the fucc do people say biggie fat a** was the best he only had 2 cd's pac still got music mfs aint heard if biggie still had music puff p**** would have already put it out
Comment by SMP on March 6, 2012 at 9:26am
1Thug, u muthafu cka spoke the truth right there, amazing!
Fuc k these Pop sellouts Jay, Eminem, YM, etc....



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