Timbaland vs Scott Storch, round two
Where round one is set to be a decent sized pop song (is it already out?), Scott Storch’s YouTube-only reply merely confirms Timbaland’s belittling. Low budget to a fault, “Built Like That” features Storch doing his best K-Fed raps with never-be Lox. While they get off a few good shots about Danja writing Timbaland’s songs — a point which could easily be true at this point if Tim is anything like Dr. Dre — most falter in the face of any recent Billboard chart. Alleging Timbaland can’t write hits or pick talent would sting more if you ignored all his success with Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado — impossible to do considering that at least JT is still Godzilla on the charts. (And picking on his imprint label’s roster is weak when you can’t even get your own imprint.) Steroids, fattiness and homosexuality are other “charges” Mr. Pasty and his chums mouth off about, trying their damndest to figure out how to look hard in their one luxury sports car and speed boat. The tune has as much trouble beatwise, all bluster and corny Casio with street-sweeping percussion. The cello bounce verses are pretty tasty, I must admit, but orchestral-based instrumentals are feeling less and less fresh as every art-school nerd with an iBook cranks them out every 15 minutes. Despite putting on the big boy pants and hiring his own video crew, Storch’s retribution might as well be gnawing on Timbaland’s ankles in desperation. Winner: Timbaland by simply doing what he does.