Timbaland was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 10 March 1972. His real name is Timothy Zachary Mosley. Mosley earned four Grammy Awards and founded his own label, Mosley Music Group.
Timothy enjoyed hip-hop since childhood. At the end of the 1980’s, he started honing his DJing skills. Sometimes, the aspiring artist attended local parties in his native town and demonstrated his talents. After graduating high school, Mosley bought himself a cheap keyboard and continued practicing. His first project was a duo with a rapper Magloo. Soon the young men joined a group SBI, whose member was Pharrell Williams (part of the famous The Neptunes duo).
At about the same time, Melissa Arnette Elliotte was the rising star of Virginia. She performed under the pseudonym, Missy. In 1990, Missy formed a band Fayze and invited Tim Mosley to record a demo album.
During one of Fayze’s performances, DeVante Swing heard the musicians. At that time, he worked with the band Jodeci and had his own label, Swing Mob. Swing offered the band a contract. Missy and Mosley moved from Virginia to New York and began working on a new album. At that time, Fayze was renamed to Sista. It’s worth noting that DeVante Swing was the one, who came up with the pseudonym, Timbaland. It originated from the popular brand name Timberland.