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.