Timbaland has revealed some key details surrounding what may be his last solo album. Unlike last year’s tense “Know Bout Me” single — which featured Jay-Z and Drake — Opera Noir is free of guests and meant as a “grand finale” reminder of Timbaland’s leading role in popular music over the past couple decades.
“This is my Purple Rain solo album,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’s the most innovative work I’ve ever done. It’s all about truth and what’s going on around us … what the world is facing, and we don’t even realize.”
Timbaland then teased a Fox TV series he has on the way called Empire, calling the show “a continuation of Opera Noir … It’s about music and the struggle to get into music. It’s a different way of approaching a typical musical film. It’s from the real aspect.”
As for whether he’s going to slow his output for outside artists, which included key work with Jay-Z (Magna Carta… Holy Grail), Beyoncé (“Drunk in Love,” “Partition”) and Justin Timberlake (The 20/20 Experience) in recent years, Timbaland said, “[My career's] not about me. It’s about my artists, so you know, I’m just being the teacher. The people that I birth, I want to help them shape their careers because they have longevity. Mine, I’m at a stage where I want to enjoy my wife, I want to enjoy my family a little bit more … So I’ll probably take a break.”