The year was 2007. Yes, that was only ten years ago and barely on the cusp of being considered the throwback era, but its my birthday today dammit. Timbaland and friend’s diss-fest is going to count!
Of course I’m referring to “Give It To Me,” the late 2000’s middle finger to second tier producers, pop music darlings, and one musical icon [allegedly]. Lead single off of Timbo’s second solo effort Shock Value, the electropop clubber sees the famed beatcrafter aiming his lyrical barbs at Scott “…just a piano man” Storch while featured guests Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake take shots at two high profile targets, Fergie and Prince respectively, or so the rumors go.
Furtado has denied her verse is about Stacy Ferguson while Timberlake has never publically confirmed his main mark, but there have been steady whispers that The Purple One once called the “Sexyback” soloist out at a Hollywood party, claiming ‘sexy never left.’ Hence the line “Now if se-sexy never left, then why is everybody on my shi-i-it?”
True or not, that bravado and club-ready aesthetic carried the track to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but more importantly, to number one in my heart. A sneaky-good call-out cut that has withstood a decade of copycat collaborations, relive below:
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