His sister Courtney Rashon is a makeup artist and author from New Jersey.While attending high school, Timbaland began a long-term collaboration with rapper Melvin (Magoo) Barcliff. (which stood for 'Surrounded By Idiots') which also featured Neptunes producer Pharrell.The teenage Mosley also joined the production ensemble S. Singer and rapper Missy Elliott heard his material and began working with him.
De Vante signed Sista to his Swing Mob record label and Elliott brought Mosley and Barcliff along with her to New York, where Swing Mob was based.
It was De Vante who renamed the young producer Timbaland, after the Timberland brand of construction boots.
He and Magoo became part of SCI Zakys School stable of Swing Mob signees known as "Da Bassment" crew, joining artists such as R&B singer Ginuwine, male vocal group Playa (Smoke E.
A Timbaland-owned imprint label, Mosley Music Group, featured artists such as Nelly Furtado, whose Timbaland-produced album Loose (2006) was a commercial and critical success.
In 2007, Timbaland released a solo album, Shock Value, which was followed by Shock Value II in 2009.
Aside from the aforementioned artists, Timbaland's production credits from the 2000s forward include work with Jay Z, Nas, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxxx, Madonna, Rihanna, One Republic, Brandy, Drake, Rick Ross and others.
As a songwriter he has written as of 2014, 85 UK hits and 99 hits Stateside.
Timbaland's first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine..Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine.
After further work on Aaliyah's 1996 album One in a Million and Missy Elliott's 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip hop artists.
As a rapper he initially released several albums with fellow rapper Magoo, followed by his debut solo album Tim's Bio in 1998.
In 2002, Timbaland produced the hit single "Cry Me a River" for Justin Timberlake, going on to produce most of Timberlake's subsequent LPs such as Future Sex/Love Sounds and The 20/20 Experience and their respective hit singles.