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Kevin Rudolf Climbs Out Of Timbaland's Shadow

Of the Oakland Press

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Kevin Rudolf is a new face in pop music — but not to those who pay attention to liner notes.

The New York-born musician is one of producer Timbaland’s resident studio aces, with playing, writing and production credits on albums by Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Black Eyed Peas and Tim himself. He’s also the first non-rap artist signed by Cash Money Records, which released his “In the City” in late 2008.

“I was always working behind the scenes, which was great,” says Rudolf, 26, who’s been based out of Miami since 2005. “It’s just cool now to have my own project and be out there in the world now. I like the writing and producing and everything, but it’s good to be doing something that’s mine, too.”

Rudolf started making a name with the public with “In the City’s” first single, “Let it Rock.” The song hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the theme song for this year’s WWE Royal Rumble, and Rudolf is quick to credit rapper Lil Wayne with an assist on its success.

“I was just getting signed to Cash Money around the time I (wrote) the song,” recalls Rudolf, who’s second single, “Welcome to the World,” is just out. “I told them I really wanted to do something with Wayne, and they set it up.

“It took about a month to get it scheduled, but Wayne just came in, did his verses and killed it, and we were mixing it a week later. He knows what he’s doing and does it fast — and he’s out the door just as fast.”

Kevin Rudolf, Jeremy Greene, Hyper Crush,Cash Cash the Audition and Go Crash Audio perform Sunday (April 5) at The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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