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Timbaland Shock Value II Tour

House of Blues - Chicago, IL, USA - January 24, 2010

by Tamara Jenkins, photo by Dan Locke

TimbalandMusic producers are usually the unseen, unheard hit makers; the magic hands behind the scenes and only up til now have some made themselves visible in videos and onstage during shows.

But, this has never been the case for Timothy Mosley aka Timbaland.

Since his debut in the music world,Timbaland has been a visible force as a singer, rapper and producer, so its no surprise he's embarked on a tour to promote his latest cd, Timberland Presents Shock Value II.

The Shock Value II Tour, scheduled to begin at 11:00 p.m., kicked off at12:45 p.m. with the first opening act Down With Webster, a progressive hip hop, pop group and winner of the 2008 Rogers Mobile/Universal Music best unsigned artist in Canada contest. The energetic7 member group consisting of 3 singers/MC's, 2 guitars, keyboardist and drummer performed 5 songs from their cd Time To Win Vol. 1.

The second act, Sebastian, Timbaland's younger brother, performed 2 songs from his upcoming cd and later brought out rapper Petey Pablo to perform Pablo's Timabland produced hit "Raise Up" ( North Carolina).

At 2:00 a.m., after a long intermission featuring DJ Freestyle Steve, the super producer slowly walked onto the stage wearing gigantic headphones asking the crowd if they were ready to have fun. After checking his keyboards, he continued to walk around the stage while proceeding into "Timothy Where Have You Been" featuring Jet with video of singer Nic Cester (lead singer of Jet) and teen singer JoJo appearing on a large screen placed on the right side of the stage. The screen was used throughout the show either with video of singers or flashing lights.

During the show, Timabland performed an array of songs including current hit Say Something featuring rapper of the moment Drake as well as "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson, Give It Up To Me", "Everything You Want", "Morning After Dark" and "Come Out To Play".

Overall, he gave a good show, inviting the audience into his world, the studio and allowed them to experience not just his process of creating music, but his love for music and what makes him a master of beats.