Speaking in an interview with Taste of Country
, Timbaland revealed that he's always seen a connection between hip-hop and bluegrass music.
"The rhythms in bluegrass are almost kind of like the rhythms how I hear," he explained. "It's almost a similarity because how I hear rhythm in the colors that I see in bluegrass almost the same colors I see in hip-hop."
"It's a meaningful story in both messages," Timbaland added. "One grooves to a different beat, one grooves to another, but the message behind both of them is pain, and you get to hear the pain in each artist's voice on each genre from bluegrass to hip-hop."