Teddy Riley, The Neptunes & Timbaland Recall Putting Virginia On The Rap Map (Video)
Beats 1 produced a very special episode of Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener’s OTHERtone radio show this week. The installment was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Pharrell’s recent Something In The Water Music Festival, and featured his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo, Pusha-T, Timbaland, and Teddy Riley. While the six gentlemen cover a wide range of topics, the conversation focuses on Virginia Beach, where all the guests except Teddy Riley are from and where Something In The Water takes place.
The highly successful V-A artists talk about how they first met, crediting what Pharrell calls “connectors” for linking the various parties. They establish that Timbaland’s family home was a hub of creative activity back in the day and that besides being a producer, that he was also a highly talented DJ. In unison Pharrell and Pusha both state that DJ Timmy Tim “was the illest DJ ever. Ever!”
When Vener asks Skateboard P and Timbaland if there is beats by each other that they wish they had made. Tim starts by saying he heard Kelis’ “Caught Out There (I Hate You So Much Right Now)” as it was being recorded because he was in the next room recording with Missy Elliot, and that he paused his session to have Misdemeanor come listen. P responds by beat-boxing Missy’s breakthrough “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” and then bows to his friend and fellow platinum-producer. They go back and forth like this with several hits.
Teddy Riley is not brought into the conversation until past the 10:00-mark but when Williams introduces him by listing some of his biggest Hip-Hop records like Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick’s “The Show,” and Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock’s “It Takes Two.” The man behind Guy, Blackstreet, and Wreckx-N-Effect takes the opportunity to reveal some interesting details about his time spent in Virginia. Notably, T.R. is from Harlem, where he masterminded New Jack Swing. However, the Guy co-founder and hit-maker relocated to Virginia for a successful second chapter to his 35-year-career. Riley tells the audience, “When I first took a liking to The Neptunes, I knew that there were something. I knew that they were so far ahead of their time it was like they were on Mars.” He goes on to big up Chad’s musicianship, namely his unique chords and progressions.
Teddy continues by explaining that he went to school with infamous Harlem hustlers Rich Porter, Azie Faison, and Alpo Martinez, and that he first visited Virginia Beach with them. But what’s even more intriguing is the random incident that led to him meeting The Neptunes. As Teddy tells it, two female police officers would constantly pull him and his posse over whenever they left the Virginia Beach studio. Eventually, Riley grew fed up with the treatment and invited the ladies into the studio to see he was legit. He took the opportunity to ask the officers of the law why they had targeted him and what they really wanted. They reportedly replied that the out-of-towner did not do anything for their city. So, Teddy told them he didn’t know anybody in the city but would like to do talent shows at the local high school.
It turns out this is the secondary school that Hugo and Williams went to and that’s how the three of them first came into contact. Before long, “Rump Shaker” happened, and the rest is history.