Timbaland, who also produced another summer mega hit, Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous," reflects on the tough financial times that the hip-hop industry is suffering. "There was a time ... like '97, '98, back when the industry was hot that I was getting $300,000 a track. And I was doing 10 tracks every two weeks! [Now] I stay in the digits, but it's nowhere near where it was."
But the producer has a distinctly un-masculine view of things when it comes to cheesy, cloying ballads. "I think 'Time After Time' is probably the best ballad ever besides maybe that 'Titanic' song," he declares. The November issue of Blender hits stands next Tuesday.