“Right now, I feel like what I can do with my legacy is to give back,” legendary producer Timbaland recently told Rolling Stone, explaining his desire to work with younger artists. “Which means finding the youth of today. Look at Quincy Jones—he was 50 when he did Thriller! What’s my Thriller? That’s the goal.”
Following collaborations with Ski Mask The Slump God, Timbaland just dropped a new song with another talented young artist—6LACK. “Grab The Wheel” finds 6LACK at his most versatile, mixing in half-rapped flows with more traditionally sung verses. The song is accompanied by a video shot by LVRN’s Carlon Ramong, which is set to drop tomorrow. Listen to “Grab The Wheel” on Apple here.
During his conversation with Rolling Stone, Timbaland sympathized with the new era of artists who came behind him, explaining, “I came from the era of drug dealers [making rap hits]. Now we’re in the era of drug users. These kids come from a place where they don’t have money, don’t have a real home. It affects them, and you hear it in the music.”
Check back for the “Grab The Wheel” video and continue for the story behind some of 6LACK songs, told by the man himself.