Timothy Zachery Mosley was born on March 10, 1972 in Norfolk, Virginia , to Latrice, who ran a homeless shelter, and Garland Mosley, an Amtrak employee.   He graduated from Salem High School of Virginia Beach, Virginia .   During his time as a DJ, he was known as "DJ Tim"  or "DJ Timmy Tim".  His brother, Sebastian , is reportedly around nine years younger.  His sister Courtney Rashon is a makeup artist and author from New Jersey . While attending high school, Timbaland began a long-term collaboration with rapper Melvin (Magoo) Barcliff. The teenage Mosley also joined the production ensemble . (which stood for 'Surrounded By Idiots') which also featured Neptunes producer Pharrell .  Mosley was also high school friends with brothers Terrence and Gene Thornton, who would become known as Pusha T and Malice of the rap group Clipse , respectively.  In 1986, when Timbaland was 14 years old, he was accidentally shot by a co-worker at a local Red Lobster restaurant and was partially paralyzed for nine months.  During this time, he began to learn how to DJ using his left hand. 
Timbaland , the producer most responsible for the sound of hip-hop circa the late '90s, finally released his proper solo debut (after a 1997 LP recorded as Timbaland & Magoo ) in late 1998. It's not quite the personal statement implied in the title, but it is full of excellent productions. He spoofs the hip-hop fad of sampling '80s pop by rewiring familiar themes, like those of Spiderman and I Dream of Jeanie, into barely recognizable forms. Timbaland regulars like Missy Elliott and Magoo contribute tracks, though the best songs here feature multi-platinum rappers like Nas ("To My") and Jay-Z ("Lobster & Scrimp"). Though his trademark style of stuttered beats and obtuse samples is probably best witnessed on singles by Missy Elliott and Aaliyah , Tim's Bio is a solid introduction to the talents of hip-hop's best young producer of the late '90s.