Have Folks Forgiven Justin Timberlake Yet?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve been a Justin Timberlake fan for over 20 years. I mean, I’ve been down since NSYNC dropped “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” But, I really knew what time it was when they came out with “Gone.” At that point, I knew that Timberlake was different, man. Moving on, I was onboard when he released Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience. Needless to say, I was super disappointed when that Man of the Woods fuckery came out. But, have we as a collective forgiven him for that train wreck of an album yet?

Ok, to be fair, there’s a segment of the (Black) population that was done with Timberlake after he threw Janet Jackson under the bus for that Super Bowl nipple. Real talk, I don’t blame anybody for that, fam. Like, that was still a hoe ass move on his part, bruh. However, as a voracious consumer of music, I’ve always championed Timberlake’s talent, son. Shit, even Man of the Woods had some jams on it, man. All I can say is, I stand by my previous assessment of “Filthy,” “Higher, Higher,” “Wave” and “Breeze Off the Pond.” But, given the departure in sound and the “White boy in flannel” promotion, a lot of folks turned in their Timberlake Fan Club pass.

Now, in all honesty, Timberlake’s new song with SZA is what inspired this post. All in all, I fucks with that track heavy and it feels like the sound that we’ve always loved from Timberlake. So, can we let him slide for Man of the Woods already? The way I see it, we can give him a pass for one trash ass album, brethren. For God‘s sake, he’s given us so many jams, son. In addition, if we’re going to blame him for that record, we also have to blame The Neptunes, Timbaland and Danja. Hell, they made those songs with him, man. Anyway, I’m willing to let bygones be bygones if he’s going to go back to making crack like “The Other Side.”

In the end, shout-out to Timberlake, SZA, Ludwig Göransson and Max Martin for making my current jam. Ultimately, this is the type of shit that I want from Timberlake, fam. By and by, everyone can peep the video below. At the end of the day, as long as he doesn’t try to mix banjos and 808‘s again, we’ll be good, bruh. That is all. LC out.

I Love SZA

So, since I’m late with my post today, I’ll just get straight to the point, son. I love SZA. Like, I really love SZA, man. I mean, her voice is awesome, she’s hot, her songwriting is original, she’s hot, her performance prowess is strong and she’s hot. Oh, did I mention that she’s hot? Anyway, ever since she dropped her Ctrl album three weeks ago, it’s been getting heavy airplay on this side. With that being said, everyone should have her music in rotation.

Now, for me, storytelling and introspection are key ingredients in the music that I like. Both writing tools help listeners to identify with the artist they’re listening too. In addition, tales about relationships never get old, man. Keeping it a buck, sexual preference and orientation don’t even matter, son. Everyone’s been in good and bad relationships. Shit, it’s just a part of the game, bruh. To that point, SZA does a great job of bringing fans into her world with very descriptive lyrics about her highs and lows. Ultimately, even though we’re all complex as people, she appears to be a complete open book.

Moving on, I’m also a huge fan of live instrumentation. Needless to say, all of the guitar licks and live bass runs on the album make my day, son. SZA sticks to a core group of producers and they successfully give the record a cohesive feel. Like, it doesn’t sound like some random compilation of songs that were recorded in a homie’s basement. All in all, I can see all of these songs working really well in a live setting. By and by, those type of details make an album palatable for me.

In the end, TDE doesn’t seem to miss, fam. On the real, ALL of their artists drop heat, bruh. At this point, nothing else needs to be said, son. Go support good music, fam. Lastly, she’s hot. LC out.

P.S. I played “The Weekend” for my wife and she gave me a look like “boy, if you ever, I will murder you.” So, I won’t be playing that song around her anymore. Good day.