Ethan Brown

Timbaland wants to be his own star

Timothy ”Timbaland” Mosley and Justin Timberlake have a secret. The duo are hanging out backstage at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Feb. 24, killing time before another one of Timberlake’s sold-out FutureSex/LoveSounds shows. As they dig into a Cuban-themed dinner of spicy chicken and potatoes, they whisper animatedly. Then, unable to help himself, Timberlake lets it slip. ”Man,” he says, ”I gotta get my head around this 50 track.”

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Diary: In the studio with Timbaland and T.I.

It’s just after 11 p.m. one night in late February when Timbaland decamps to Executive Studios, a recording facility owned by multi-platinum rapper T.I. in Atlanta. The night before, Tim (the mega-producer’s offstage name) and Justin Timberlake performed at Atlanta’s Philips Arena for yet another sold-out show on the ”FutureSex/LoveSounds” tour and, after a day’s rest, Tim is ready to hit the studio again.

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