These are words Justin Timberlake seems to be drawing near to.
For, just months after releasing album ‘Man Of The Woods,’ the singer is back in the lab in the Bahamas.
Via IG, JT shared a snap of himself in the studio with longtime collaborator and seasoned hitmaker James Fauntleroy and Nineteen 85 (frequent Drake producer):
It’s a smart move for Timberlake, if you ask us.
‘Man Of The Woods’ – as an album and an era – bombed and is only being rescued by a tour that sold on the LP’s pre-release buzz.
Additionally, while we detest the ageism that pervades pop culture, it’s a very real reality for many of the TRL-era titans. As such, at 37, JT arguably doesn’t have the luxury of taking years between releases as he has done in times of past. Especially after a flop.
From where we’re standing though, it’s more than just the music that’s his issue.
Per the Super Bowl backlash, everyone woke up and smelt the BS surrounding his sins against Janet Jackson; then the’s the swift diversion away from Urban with ‘Woods’ – which many are now saying makes him (in hindsight) look like a culture vulture.
And, perhaps most glaring, is that in a male landscape dominated by high-octane performers like Bruno Mars and Tumblr-cool cats such as Drake, “Justin Timberlake” can’t really compete at either level. Plus what he does serve up doesn’t compensate to an adequate level either.
Put simply, there’s work to be done, but where does one even begin? Drop down below and let us know…