Timbaland - How "The Emperor of Sound" Found "Empire"

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Timbaland describes how he learned to create music in his memoir, "The Emperor of Sound," and explains how he became a producer for the TV series "Empire." (5:54)

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MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AGRAMMY-AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER

WHOSE NEW MEMOIR IS CALLED "THEEMPEROR OF SOUND."

PLEASE WELCOME TIMBALAND.

♪♪

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Trevor: THE EMPEROR.

>> YES, LET ME SIT LIKE ANEMPEROR.

>> Trevor: YOU LOOK LIKE ANEMPEROR.

(CROSSTALK)

>> Trevor: I'M GOING TO TAKE ASECOND BECAUSE I BELIEVE THERE

ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE FANS OFYOURS AND DON'T EVEN KNOW.

THIS IS JUST READING THROUGH ITIS INSANE.

SO YOU ARE THE MAN THAT WASBEHIND GINUINE "PONY," MISSY

ELLIOTT "RAIN," "JUMP THROUGH"WITH MAGOO, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S

"CRY ME A RIVER," "WHAT GOESAROUND COMES AROUND, " --

JAY-Z "BIG PIMPIN," DIRT OFF YOUSHOULDERS," "MAGNA CARTA" ALBUM,

NELLY FURTADO "PROMISCUOUS,"MADONNA "FOUR MINUTE.,"

ONE REPUBLIC, APOLOGIZE ANDWORKED WITH DRAKE, BEYONCE,

USHER, TUPAC, LIL' KIM, SNOOPDOGG, EVERYBODY!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION, WHODO YOU LISTEN TO?

>> OH, I LISTEN TO ALL MY KIDS'LIKES.

(LAUGHTER)

NO, I LISTEN NOW TO SALINAGOMEZ.

>> Trevor: OH, YEAH?

OH, LOOK AT THAT.

>> SHE PRETTY COLD...

(LAUGHTER)

I LIKE HER.

I LIKE HER SWAG NOW.

>> Trevor: SHE HAS A LOT OFSWAG.

SHE WAS AT THE VICTORIA'S SECRETSHOW AND HAD A LOT OF SWAG ON

THE RUNWAY --

(SINGING)

YEAH, PRETTY COOL.

>> Trevor: LET'S TALK ABOUTTHE BOOK.

A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK OFTIMBALAND AS A GUY TO -- I WOULD

THINK OF YOU MAKING A MUSICALBUT A BOOK FIRST IS INTERESTING.

>> NOTICE HOW HE MADE A PITCH.

HE JUST GAVE ME AN IDEA.

>> Trevor: IT'S ABOUT YOURLIFE, HOW YOU GOT INTO THE MUSIC

BUSINESS, WHERE YOU WENT AND HOWYOU GOT TO THIS PLACE.

LET'S START AT THE BEGINNING.

YOU WERE ALWAYS IN SOME MUSIC.

YOUR DAD WAS NOT SO INTO MUSIC.

>> HE WAS NOT BUT HE WAS.

LIKE I FEEL LIKE HE HAD ALOVE-HATE FOR IT.

MAYBE BECAUSE I MADE IT AND HEDIDN'T.

BUT HE LOVED ME, THOUGH.

>> Trevor: YOU PICKED THAT UPIN THE BOOK, BUT WHAT WAS

FASCINATING TO ME IS THE FACT HESAID THE LINE--

THAT'S THE FAMOUS LINE I THINKEVERYONE SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM

IS, YOU NEED TO QUIT THISBECAUSE THIS IS NOT GOING TO

MAKE YOU MONEY, YOU NEED TO GOAND FOCUS ON YOUR SCHOOL.

DO YOU EVER JUST DO THIS TO YOURDAD SOMETIMES?

DO YOU EVER --

(LAUGHTER)

>> I'M SO GUILTY.

(LAUGHTER)

YEAH.

YEAH, LIKE A PUPPY.

>> Trevor: YEAH, YOU'VE GONEFROM REALLY HUMBLE BEGINNINGS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK YOU -- INFACT, I THOUGHT THIS BEFORE I

READ THE BOOK -- THAT YOU PUTMISSY ELLIOTT ON ONLY TO FIND --

>> YOU KNOW A WOMAN IS STRONGERTHAN A MAN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SHE PUT ME ON.

YOU SEE, I WOULDN'T HAVE GOT INNO RAIN SUIT.

>> Trevor: YEAH.

>> SHE DID.

>> Trevor: NO, BUT NOW YOU'VECREATED THIS EMPIRE, THIS WORLD

AROUND YOU.

I MEAN, IT'S FUNNY, I SAY THEWORD "EMPIRE" BECAUSE YOU HAVE

GONE AND TRANSCENDED FROM JUSTMUSIC ON THE RADIO TO PRODUCING

THE MUSIC IN ARGUABLY THEBIGGEST SHOW PEOPLE HAVE SEEN IN

A LONG TIME AND THAT IS"EMPIRE."

>> YEAH.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

YEAH.

>> Trevor: WHEN YOU'RE MAKINGTHE MUSIC FOR THE SHOW, HOW DO

YOU GET INTO THAT?

EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE TIMBALAND.

HOW DO YOU GET INTO THAT SPACE?

>> FIRST, IT WAS A LITTLE UNEASYBECAUSE IT WAS DIFFERENT.

LIKE IT'S A NEW JOB, SO WHAT IHAVE TO DO IS REALLY TAKE THE

ARTIST'S HAT OFF AND PUT ON THEEXECUTIVE HAT.

THAT TOOK ME A LITTLETRANSITION, SO I WANT TO CREDIT

FOX FOR THAT BECAUSE FOX REALLYWALKED ME THROUGH HOW THE

PROCEDURES GO -- NO, TIM, DON'TDO THIS -- AND I WAS VERY -- IT

FELT LIKE SCHOOL.

SO ONCE I LEARNED THE LOGISTICS,THAT'S WHEN I CRANK THEM OUT AND

I CAN GET INTO MY ZONE.

FIRST, I HAVE TO LEARN HOW ITWORKS, BECAUSE IT DIDN'T

REGISTER BECAUSE I JUST DO MUSICBY FEELING.

>> Trevor: BECAUSE YOU THINKIN MUSIC.

ONE OF THE FUNNIEST STORIES IREAD IN THE BOOK WAS YOU TALKING

ABOUT PLAYING -- YOU WOULD PLAYTHE POTS AND PANS IN THE KITCHEN

AND YOU WOULD HEAR MUSIC WHICH ALOT OF KIDS CAN SAY THEY DID BUT

YOU WOULD HEAR MUSIC, WHICH MADEME WONDER, WHEN YOU WERE GETTING

A SPANKING, COULD YOU HEAR THEBEAT OF THAT?

WAS IT LIKE A POP!

POP!

>> LET ME TELL -- THAT'S A GOODONE!

THIS IS MY DAD...

DIDN'T -- I -- TELL -- YOU --TO -- NOT --

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)(LAUGHTER)

YOU KNOW, BLACK PARENTS ALWAYSTALK TO YOU WHILE --

WHILE THEY BEAT YOU LIKEDIDN'T -- I -- TELL -- YOU --

NOT -- TO -- AND I'M, LIKE,ISN'T THAT A SONG, DAD?

>> Trevor: YOU WERE FEELINGTHE PAIN IN BEATS.

>> IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIMEAND RECORD I WOULD BE, LIKE,

DAD, WE MADE A SONG!

(LAUGHTER)

>> Trevor: IT'S AMAZING.

IF YOU LOVE MUSIC, THE MAN, THESTORY, "THE EMPEROR OF SOUND" IS

IN STORES NOW.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ONE,THE ONLY TIMBALAND!