Joe Bliven

The Emperor of Sound
By Timbaland


June 21st, 2021

This was a really solid memoir. It didn't linger too much on his personal origin story and touched on bits from across his long career. I learned a lot about the man, his journey, and the stories behind some of his massive hits. Unsurprisingly, he didn't address any of the accusations of plagiarism or unauthorized sampling. He did present the story of giving the Big Pimpin' beat to Jay-Z, which is one of his most egregiously plagiarized songs. The narrator of this audiobook did a good job too, even though he sounded almost apologetic when introducing himself in the opening credits.