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Frequent collaborators Justin Timberlake and Timbaland have made some great music together. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone’s Grammy Camp, Justin explains why the union between the pop singer and the Hip-Hop producer works so well.
“My relationship with Tim is a relationship that I have with nobody else in the world. We’re like brothers, really,” says Timberlake. “You have friends like that, friends you don’t have to say much to, but you know they just get who you are. That’s the relationship I have with Tim, where we go in the studio and kind of don’t even speak to each other.”
Justin’s upcoming comeback album The 20/20 Experience will heavily feature production by Timbaland. The first single off the LP, “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z, was a Timbo project as well the new track “Mirrors” that was just released this week.
“The Two Tim’s” prior collaborations produced the critically acclaimed FutureSex/Love Sounds. The four times platinum album featured Hip-Hop artists T.I. and Three 6 Mafia, and a remix to “Until The End Of Time” had added vocals from Beyoncé.
Even though this will be Timberlake’s first album in seven years, he’s confident the work he’s done with Timbaland for 20/20 will be a reflection of their great musical chemistry.
“We encapsulated ourselves in the studio and I didn’t tell anybody. I was just like, ‘Let’s make some music without all the hoopla of, like expectations. Let’s just make something that feels genuine from us.’ And I’m glad we were able to do that way because, for me, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done.”
Timberland is the only hip-hop legend JT calls a friend. After performing together at the Grammys rumors are swirling around that Timberlake and Jay-Z will hit the road together for a 10-city stadium tour.
The 20/20 Experience is scheduled for release on March 19th.