This could be bad news for any halfway-dumpered act looking for a spot of pricey "street" credibility: Timbaland is stepping down:
"Music is boring right now. I'm too innovative for the world."
Yes, nobody could accuse you of producing record after record, all of which sound interchangeable. We do agree that music would be a lot less boring if you went off to try your hand at something else.
"I've been doing it so long, I'm about to throw in the towel. I'm about to de-crown myself and pass it over to one of the up-and-coming producers under me. They won't be able to be me - there's only one Timbaland - but there's a certain sound that I try to teach."
Timbaland, you're a brand-name but so-so producer; you don't have to anoint a chosen one like you're the Dali lama.
Timbaland is currently working with Duran Duran. What a loss to the bleeding edge of new music his retirement will prove.