” The Way I Are ” is by Timbaland ( Timothy Zachery ‘ Tim ‘ Mosley ), the American rapper, record producer, singer, songwriter and DJ.
As a rapper, Timbaland has released several albums with Magoo ( Melvin ‘ Magoo ‘ Barcliff ), he went on to release Tim’s Bio in 1998, his debut album.
The song was written by Tim Mosley, Nate Hills, Keri Hilson, The Clutch, Candice Nelson and John Maultsby. Production for the single was by Danja and Timbaland. Danja ( Floyd Nathaniel ‘ Nate ‘ Hills ) is an American record producer and songwriter.
He has worked with many artists including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Usher, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Justin Timberlake, Björk and Duran Duran.
” The Way I Are ” was released on the 9th of July 2007 by record labels Mosley ( Sony Music Entertainment ), Background ( now Defunct ) and Interscope ( Interscope Geffen A&M Records ) and taken as the second single from Timbaland’s second album, Shock Value.
The hip-hop and electro track feature Keri Hilson, the American singer, songwriter and actress.
When Keri was 14, she got herself a record deal and joined D’Signe, an all-girl group which later disbanded. Her most significant solo hit single was ” Knock You Down “, released on the 7th of April 2009 the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
” The Way I Are ” lyrics are based on role reversal. The typical rap song is turned on its head with Timbaland explaining that he doesn’t have anything of value like a car, house or even a credit card to impress with, in fact, he is completely broke. The usual rap song boasts of owning fast cars, money etc.
Keri Hilson plays her part in the role reversal by saying she doesn’t care about the bling and even jokes she can pay Timbaland to strip.
The accompanying music video was directed by Shane C. Drake, the award-winning American music video director. Shane has worked with a variety of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne and Flo Rida.
He won the 2006 MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for his work on ” I Write Sins Not Tragedies ” by Panic! at the Disco, the American rock band.
The video was shot on the 18th of May 2007 in the city of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. The area has had activity since the Neolithic age and grew during the Industrial Revolution due to the city’s textile industry, which went into decline during the 20th century. Since the 90s it has undergone regeneration and now is home to BBC North and commercial tv Granada Television.
Director Shane C. Drake said of the video ” I like to tell stories with my videos — and Timbaland’s new video is going to be unlike any other. Utilizing the tools of incendiary cinematography and fierce lighting schemes, I plan to sculpt an edgy masterpiece, oozing with style and impact. With each rhythmic pulse and beat, we will time crafty edits, sharp as tacks and smooth as steel. This video is going to be an artistic expression of Timbaland’s music. As an added element of force and velocity, we will follow Timbaland as he cruises around the city. From the colours to the wardrobe — to the edits, we will craft a slick masterpiece that defies genre and truly defines cool & will show off Timbaland in a “super” music video. ”
” The Way I Are ” was a commercial success for Timbaland. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent a total of thirty-eight weeks on the chart there.
The song reached Number One in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.
In the United Kingdom, ” The Way I Are ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 30th of June 2007 and reached Number One, it held the top spot for two weeks.
The song spent twelve weeks in the Top Ten and a total of forty-five weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 3
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 2, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 4, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 4, France (SNEP) 2, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1, Hungary (Dance Top 40) 3, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 3, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 6, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
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