Is This Timbaland vs. Pharrell Beat Battle About to Happen?
Just Blaze says the producers have “talked” about facing off
Few events have halted the rap world in its tracks like Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze’s impromptu beat battle in New York back in February, an almost mythical marathon exhibition of classic rap instrumentals that last nearly 3 hours and went viral immediately. Yesterday MASS APPEAL named it one of the 17 Best Moments of 2017 (So Far). Though Swizz was declared winner by social media consensus, Just Blaze doesn’t want the concept to fall by the wayside. In fact, the producer took to Twitter last night to reveal that he’s been serving as somewhat of a catalyst for the next potential dream showdown.
“Just got off the phone with Timbaland,” said Just in a tweet. “He said he’s down for Tim vs. Pharrell and they just talked about it. Wooooooo!” At the tail end of the tweet, Just include Swizz’s handle, suggesting that both producers have been doing some behind-the-scenes nudging to make this happen. While the hoopla surrounding Just vs. Swizz was still bubbling, social media erupted with suggestions of potential future battle matchups, prompting MASS APPEAL to conduct a poll of our own to get a gauge of which battle rap fans want to see most. Skateboard P vs. Timbo won by a landslide.
We gotta ask. Who would you like to see go head-to-head next?
— MASS APPEAL (@MassAppeal) February 25, 2017
After revealing the big news, Just made one more interesting point. Some of Pharrell’s best work has come alongside Chad Hugo as The Neptunes. “If Chad Hugo showed up, I might shed a tear,” he tweeted. He wouldn’t be the only one.
We don’t need to tell you how magnitudinous this showdown would be, but here’s a quick reminder. Between them, Pharrell and Timbaland have racked up 7 Grammys for their production work, and since the late 1990s, both have dominated the charts and radio, producing and writing smash hits for a who’s who of A-list stars, including Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ludacris, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Madonna and more. Having a Pharrell or a Timbaland beat on your album instantly makes it more important—and two decades into their storied careers, both remain two of the foremost talents in the game.
Now, we wait.