Label: Blackground, Virgin
Timbaland is so slick with sampling that it's hard to tell when he is and isn't doing it. "We Need a Resolution" off Aaliyah's 2001 self-titled album is an occasion where he flips an obvious loop and kills it. Tim makes stir fry of a classical sample that isn't even in the right time signature and then constructs a beat around it from synthetic hand claps and organic mouth percussion while Aaliyah gets indignant about an inattentive boyfriend. Tim cuts out the sample for his rebuttal verse, bringing in his own melodies to close the song out.
24. Aaliyah "We Need a Resolution" (2001)