The JT/Jay-Z victory lap of 2013 appears poised to continue, with Justin Timberlake enlisting the rapper to appear on The 20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2. Stopping by Hot 97 today, in the wake of Sunday's VMA performance, Timberlake discussed the award show and shared a few details about the upcoming album with Angie Martinez and DJ Enuff.
He confirmed that Jay-Z will and Drake will both make appearances on the upcoming album. Both supposedly came out of recording sessions from last year—part of the same sessions that birthed the first 20/20 Experience installment and the collaborations on Magna Carta Holy Grail. "I just heard him on it," JT said of Jay-Z's appearance, noting that it actually came before their other joint singles.
Of working with Drake, he said, "Drake and I have been trying to get at each other about doing a record, and I think we'll probably do more together as time goes by as well." As for how it turned out? "He killed it."
He also confirmed a separate upcoming collaboration with Jay-Z and Nas on a Timbaland-produced song "Sinatra in the Sands," although he said he wasn't sure what project it would be coming out on. He spoke about working with Timbaland in general as well, explaining how the two trade ideas and "trust each other a hundred thousand percent."
Earlier in the interview, JT spoke on touring with Jay-Z and hanging out together with Beyoncé, noting "me and my wife get along with them so well" and casually name dropping swanky restaurant Per Se in the kind of way that makes it clear that Justin Timberlake probably considers going to Per Se a double-date-worthy activity but is too nice to talk about spending a thousand dollars on a meal.
Asked to weigh in on Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs, he was diplomatic, saying he hadn't seen the performance until afterward but that he had gathered it was considered a disaster. Asked to elaborate, he said:
My thoughts on it are it's the VMAs. You know what I mean? It's not the Grammys. We're talking about Madonna in a wedding dress humping the stage. We're talking about Britney doing a striptease. This cycle is not uncommon ... She's young. Take it easy on her ... I think the song's jamming, when I hear it on the radio ... I mean, I like the bears. I like all the bears. I don't know, to me, it's almost like if something like that doesn't happen at the VMAs then I feel like it was boring.
Later, he shared some thoughts on his "History of Rap" videos with Jimmy Fallon and flexed some old school hip-hop knowledge, professing his love of A Tribe Called Quest and The Pharcyde and sounding like, well, a Complex list by saying, "Trap is so funny to me because it is literally Three Six Mafia from 1991."
Also, Justin Timberlake said the sentence "I go hard in the paint at karaoke," which is really everything you need to know.
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