The Grammy award-winner has worked with superstars like Beyonce, Jay Z, and Justin Timberlake, among others. During the interview, Timbaland talked about getting his start as a DJ, the collaborations that defined his career, and more.
On how he got his start in music:
“I was beatboxing… [but] my main passion back then was DJing. And how I got into making beats is… let me try to make a beat so I can blend my records too… so I just took what I had, and I was passionate about sounds. I love noises.”
On first finding success in the industry:
“We weren’t thinking like, you know, ‘this is a hit,’ we’re thinking ‘we’re getting recognized… our passion is getting looked at, it’s not taken for granted…’ because we put in a lot of work, and our work was accepted.”
On working with Dr. Dre, and his influence on hip-hop’s sound:
“Dr. Dre. was the God of rap… he made rap sound clean, he made it sound so clean… I wanted to know like ‘yo how do you mix that drum, how do you get them drums to sound like [that]?’”
DJ EFN, co-host of the Drink Champs podcast with N.O.R.E., has spent decades as an ambassador of hip-hop culture. EFN got his start making mixtapes in Miami in the early ’90s. He then established Crazy Hood Productions, a hip-hop crew and multifaceted entertainment company.
In 2016, EFN and veteran rapper N.O.R.E. started Drink Champs, a weekly podcast where they host casual interviews with hip-hop’s biggest names. It has become one of the most popular music podcasts in the world.
On this episode of A Moment With, EFN talks about launching Drinks Champs with N.O.R.E., building a career off of mixtapes, his mission to unite people around the world through hip-hop, and more.
Most of the interview focused on Marley’s career, but he also spoke about the current state of hip-hop.
On the new generation of hip-hop:
“I look at it is evolution … The people who don’t like what the young kids is doing, you too old. Because when I fell in love with what I was doing, I was about 18 years old, so whoever is 18 years old [is] probably falling in love with what they doing right now and that’s their sh#t.”
On how he started out as an electronic music producer:
“Before I started making hip-hop, I was making electronic music … That’s why I had the edge over everybody, because I was already tech savvy.”
Akon sat down with the Drink Champs show earlier this week for an inspiring interview. The Senegalese-American, who has been busy bringing electricity to Africa and developing his own cryptocurrency, discussed a variety of topics.
One of the themes of the interview was his role in developing artists, most notably Lady Gaga and French Montana. Both were signed to his label early in their careers.
Akon discussed why he signed Gaga, whose label at the time, Interscope, didn’t see her as a priority. He also discussed signing Montana, only to let him leave for Bad Boy Records.
“I built my career off making other people’s careers,” Akon said. “If we all did that, we’d be good.”