Timbaland Reveals He Used To Get Paid $500KA Beat | HipHopDX

Timbaland has opened up about what he used to get paid to produce a beat, saying the number has dropped because young producers don’t “put value” on themselves.

During a conversation with ProducerGrindTimbo revealed that he earned as much as $500,000 per track at the peak of his career, pumping out innovative hip-hop and R&B hits for JAY-Z, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Ludacris and many more.

“I usually get $300, $500K back today,” the Verzuz co-founder said. “We don’t come from a world where you send beats; we come from when that bitch was custom, you know?

“The producer got a lot more respected. You needed a dope producer as an artist. You needed that and now you have YouTube. People are putting beats, it’s just not the same. It’s like the wild wild west out there. “

Elsewhere in the interview, Timbaland expressed concern about the future of production and elaborated AI technology was getting a serious foothold in hip-hop.

“I knew this guy, one of my homeboys, he worked on this whole program that while the computer sleeps, it generates sounds,” Timbaland said. “And when he opens up, it takes white noise and kicks the coolest snares while he sleeps. He’s been working on this for years and I’m sure he’s mastered it now. The computer makes his set, he gets not drum kits from people. Take samples while he sleeps.”

After 47 minutes, the Virginia native said that he personally has been working hard on his Beatclub platformwhich promotes up-and-coming producers, adding that he has been working with young creatives to ensure they charge the right amount for their work.

“It’s really like an advanced concierge service. Telling producers how to charge, don’t charge, you wouldn’t make money,” he explained. “We’ll show you how to get the money.”

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However, not everyone seems to agree with Timbaland’s comments. In June, Bobby Shmurda expressed his frustrations over the “crazy” high price producers charged him again and again caught some flack from Cardo and Boi-1da, which echoed Timbo’s position that high price equals high quality.

“These producers are giving me the hardest time right now,” Shmurda complained in an Instagram video. “I’m trying to drop my project but these n-ggas are asking me for permissions and these damn producers are asking for some crazy shit. I don’t know what rumors are going around that they think Bobby’s just throwing bags .

“I ain’t giving n-ggas no fucking $10,000, $8,000 for no fucking producer song, bitch. Who the hell told you n-ggas to fucking make songs with 10 muthafuckas on the song, bitch?! Don’t play me bro.”

“Designer beats cost designer bread,” OVO hitmaker Boi-1da politely reminded the Brooklyn rapper. Cardo — whose resume includes credits for Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and others – had more to say on the matter.

“Rappers saying producers over price their beats shows we get no respect in this shit. I’all N-ggas weird,” he tweeted at the time. “we’ve got to get you guys to pay us more every time… because you all have to try to offer 2500 for a beat. I have to let it go sometime.”

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