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Timbaland continued to expand his brand, this time aligning with rap icon 50 Cent for a new drama pilot called “Empire.”
It’s another big-time merger for the collaborative producer. Timbaland has frequently teamed up with Justin Timberlake, pitched in on Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and partnered with 50 Cent on a line of custom headphones.
The latest collaboration is a Fox dramatic pilot of a family thriving in the hip-hop industry. The show would reunite the stars from “Hustle and Flow,” Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson in the leading roles. Timbaland is reported to be curating the music for the drama, according to a report in The Grio.
In “Empire” Howard and Henson play the parents of a precocious son. Henson has just returned from a long stint in prison for drug-related charges, according to news reports.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has a reported net worth of $260 million dollars, according to celebritynetworth.com. His studio albums alone have sold more than 21 million copies. The rapper has endorsed a variety of products, has been in movies and owns a stake in a vitamin water product with Coca Cola.
According to a report in Forbes, Jackson is fifth on the top five rapper earners in 2013 having made more than $125 million to join the ranks of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, and “Birdman” Williams.
Timbaland, who real name is Timothy Mosely, built his successful career as both a producer and performer. He has worked with a wide variety of highly successful acts since he began his career in the 1990s.
Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com