“@Pharrell: Me and my boy Justin. jtimberlake” Wait until they hear what we were cookin’ on, P!!! Just look at this tweet right here, this is what we’ve all been waiting for for the last 10 years, and it looks like it’s coming true. Justin Timberlake was in the studio with Pharrell which he posted photographic evidence that the pop dream team of the early aughts was back together, along with the message “Me and my boy Justin.” Since we know JT has been in the studio recording new material for volume two of The 20/20 Experience (out September 30), naturally we are going to assume that this means Pharrell is somehow involved in that sequel, lets all pray it will be on the actual album, but it could be a different project, nonetheless, this made my day.
Pharrell Williams played an integral role in JT’s solo debut, Justified, as part of production duo The Neptunes. But Williams didn’t work on FutureSex/LoveSounds or The 20/20 Experience — neither as part of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo nor on his own. Timbaland executive produced The 20/20 Experience, and he’s doing the same for part two. But it’s not crazy to think that Pharrell is contributing some production to a track or two. Especially now that both he and Timberlake have pretty much moved on from the stuttery, mecha-futuristic beats that they both used, along with Timbaland, to define the pop landscape in the late ’90s/early ’00s.