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Timbaland signs deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation will now manage multi-platinum hitmaker Timbaland, the company announced on its website Wednesday.

“We would like to welcome Timbaland to the Roc Nation family!,” reads the caption under a photo of the innovative producer-rapper in the studio with Jay-Z.

Jay-Z, who founded the entertainment company in 2008, also posted the shot on his Life + Times blog and quoted one of their many collaborations, “Hola Hovito.” “And I won’t surrender It With Beats,” the title of the post reads.

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Timblaland joins an eclectic mix of superstars the company already manages, including Rihanna, M.I.A., Santigold, Melanie Fiona, Wale, Mark Ronson and Shakira. Roc Nation also manages a slew of songwriters, producers, DJs, engineers and mixers.

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Jay-Z protégé J. Cole, Willow Smith, R&B; singer Bridget Kelly, Jay Electronica and British urban pop chameleon Rita Ora have all been signed to the label.

Born Timothy Zachery Mosley, Timbaland became a go-to hitmaker in the ‘90s after groundbreaking work with Missy Elliott and the late Aaliyah. He’s crafted hits for a who’s who of music including Janet Jackson, Usher, Nas, Eminem, Nelly Furtado, Brandy, Ludacris, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, M.I.A., OneRepublic, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z.

Recently, Timbaland and Jay collaborated on Timberlake’s comeback single, “Suit & Tie.”

Timbaland reportedly has also been prepping a third installment of his “Shock Value” series. His last album, “Shock Value II,” was released in 2009. He is signed to Interscope.

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