The 50 Best Timbaland Beats

35. Cee-Lo "I'll Be Around" (2004)

Album: Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine
Label: Arista

Before Cee-Lo stopped rapping and scored those hit singles and that TV show, the Dungeon Family vet had a time trying to figure out how to navigate a successful solo career outside the confines of Goodie Mob. When the critically acclaimed, self-produced Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections languished on the commercial front, Cee-Lo reached out to the Neptunes and Timbaland for work on the follow up Cee-Lo Green... Is the Soul Machine. Tim turned in "I'll Be Around", a laid back bongo shuffle punctuated by horn blasts, and while it was only a modest chart success, it was a ferocious beat and a capable performance from one of the most underrated singer-rappers of a generation.

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