Hoping to recapture the lightning in a bottle that was “Where Is the Love,” the Black Eyed Peas have re-teamed with Justin Timberlake, cutting a song together for their new album, Monkey Business.
The ’NSYNC breakout star guests on a funky Peas song called “My Style,” which picks up where Timberlake’s “Señorita” left off. It starts with the lyric “It seems like something’s heating up” and includes a shout-out to the guest star: “JT, he rocking the beat with us.”
“The song we did with Justin, that was a true collaboration,” the group’s Will.I.Am said. “Not that the other ones weren’t, but that was done from scratch. We just had the beat [to start with].”
Other sessions held for Monkey Business involved James Brown, John Legend and Jack Johnson. For “Union,” an interpretation of Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” the group ushered in the former Police man himself.
“Sting shows up at the studio, and he’s like, ’What do you want me to do?’ ” Will said. “So we asked him, ’Do you want to write a verse?’ [He said,] ’Oh, you don’t know what you’re doing yet?’ So we said, ’We’re collaborating — to one of your songs.’ ”
Conversely, “My Style,” the last song the Peas recorded for Monkey Business, came together without much effort or explanation.
“Basically what happened was Timbaland popped the beat,” Will said. “And then Justin was like, ’Yo, you trying to get down on another song?’ [I said,] ’As a matter of fact, Timbaland gave me a beat, you want to write to it?’ ”
Timberlake then met up with the band at Will’s private studio, the Stewchia, in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, and wrote the song immediately.
“We listened to it, we’re all, ’This is hot, we’ll write our verses later,’ ” Will said. “It was all boom-boom-boom, ba-da-ba, bit-da-bit, boom-boom-sk-ow.”
Monkey Business is due June 7.