Pharrell Williams Reveals Justin Timberlake’s ‘Justified’ Album Was Written For Michael Jackson

Published: Sunday 20th Dec 2020 by Sam

Pharrell Williams is praised for being one of the core architects of Justin Timberlake‘s early success.

For, the hitmaker helmed many hits on the singer’s debut solo album ‘Justified’ and has remained a constant collaborator of JT’s in the years after.

During a recent appearance on the Drink Champs podcast with Noreaga and DJ EFN, Williams reflected on his initial work with the former NYSNC star. Specifically, how Michael Jackson is connected to the music.

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Confirming murmurs that have existed for almost two decades, Williams shared that the material on ‘Justified’ was actually written for the King of Pop.

He said of the 2002 set:

“John McClain was [MJ’s] manager at the time. We sent him pretty much all the stuff y’all are hearing on the ‘Justified’ album. That’s all the Michael stuff.

All but one song, they were all written for Michael.

John McClain was like, ‘Man Michael don’t want that shit. He wants that sh*t you’re giving Noreaga….he want that ‘Superthug.’” 


Oh, what could have been!

As ‘Invincible’ showed, Michael still had “it” in abundance at that time.

And while JT delivered with the material on his record, one can’t help but wonder what some those songs would have sounded like with the magic of “Michael Jackson” as their vehicle – sonically and visually.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Liam December 20, 2020

    Is Justin new album soon coming….cause this story is old he and Justin mentioned this numerous interviews during that era lol

  2. Jec2 December 20, 2020

    This was said a long time ago….

  3. Keith December 20, 2020

    Oh what Michael would have done with those tracks AND I’d still be listening today. Also, I find the idea funny that MJ wanted Superthug and Pharrell passed it along to Janet (“Ruff”) who didnt OFFICIALLY use it…LOL

  4. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) December 20, 2020

    JT’s best album is Future S e x love sounds. Better team up with Timbaland & bring back nelly furtado & Keri Hilson 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

  5. chilepleassseee December 20, 2020

    This was common knowledge…20 years ago.

  6. DC3 FOREVER December 20, 2020

    I NEED A NEW JT ALBUM!!! 20/20 Experience sound please

  7. YAH IS COMING December 20, 2020

    MJ would’ve absolutely decimated “Cry me a river”. Just imagine

    • chilepleaseee December 20, 2020

      The entire album. Instead he chose those raggedy tunes from Rodney Jerkins.

      • Danny Bey December 21, 2020

        The work Darkchild did on Invincible was before it’s time, which is an understatement. Just cuz y’all didnt appreciate it doesn’t mean it was any less stellar. That album was next level and so underrated.

    • SLH December 20, 2020

      Cry Me A River was produced by Timbaland not Pharrell.

  8. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) December 20, 2020

    JT is MJ’s ultimate goal = becoming a handsome white hot man 💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

  9. Pat December 20, 2020

    Duh. Justin and britney were what whites wanted to try and erase mj and Janet with.

  10. PinotNoir December 20, 2020

    We been knew.

  11. eric December 20, 2020

    I can’t hear Michael singing any of the Neptunes songs from Justified, just like I can’t hear Justin singing “You Rock My World” or “Butterflies”. Their music is not interchangeable.

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  13. 1988 December 20, 2020

    The often imitated, never duplicated modern pop blueprint volume one…. ❤️. Album Of The Year nominated, 10 million sold…..

    J-U-S-T-I-N gets it done right… ❤️

  14. Fancy BISH December 20, 2020

    That nasty paedophile didn’t deserve any of them tracks.

  15. FMcL December 20, 2020

    Slow news day

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