When you hear a beat crafted by Timothy Zachary Mosley, you know about it. Those scattered drums, obscure sound effects, vocal percussion and sonic Eastern mosaics; a Timbaland production is unmistakable. Often described as a hip-hop producer, that label is a monumental understatement. Over the years he’s put his spin on a number of genres including R&B, pop and electronic music, leaving them none of them the same since.
Spanning over twenty years, Timbaland's career is too vast to pinpoint every exact moment, and this isn't damn Wikipedia. Fortunately, he's reached more than one set of crossroads, and a few dead ends in his career - so we'll focus on the major turning points that transformed DJ Timmy Tim and his Fisher Price record player into the godfather of contemporary pop.