AKA Melvin Barcliff
Birthplace: Norfolk, VA
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Rap partner with Timbaland
First stepping up to the microphone at the age of 17, Magoo began his association with fellow Virginian Timbaland in 1988 and the two have continued an intermittent collaborative ever since. While Timbaland established himself as a producer, Magoo made his name as a writer for other rap artists such as Missy Elliott and Ginuwine, both contributing their respective skills to Elliott's Supa Dupa Fly and Ginuwine...The Bachelor in the mid 90s. The pair released their first full collaboration Welcome To Our World in 1997, its featured single Up Jumps Da' Boogie climbing into the top 10 of the R&B charts and cementing the popularity of both performers.
Magoo and Timbaland resumed their work together in 1998 on Timbaland's solo record Tim's Bio before releasing a second collaborative effort Indecent Proposal in 2001. Proposal found the duo exploring some unusual production techniques, and also featured one of the last recorded performances by R&B singer Aaliyah on the song I Am Music. A continuation of their musical adventures together was made with 2003's Under Construction Part II, an album that picked up from Timbaland's work on Missy Elliott's Under Construction in 2002.
Timbaland and Magoo Vocalist 1997-present
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