[artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist] is featured on a track called "Carry Out" on [artist id="503162"]Timbaland[/artist]'s new LP, Timbaland Presents Shock Value II, out Tuesday (December 8). And considering the magic the two have made in the past (particularly on Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds
LP), it's no surprise that even alongside collabos with Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, the JT track stands out as a potential radio blockbuster.
Tim and Timberlake have a can't-miss musical ESP, similar to the connection the Virginia-bred producer/rapper has with frequent collaborators Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott and Jay-Z. The Tim/J.T. vibe is effortless and whenever they get together, he said, everything just seems to fall into place.
"That is my favorite, favorite record," Tim said of "Carry Out." "Me and my best friend J.T. — Justin Timberlake. That [song] reminds me of a 2010 'Drop It Like It's Hot.' All these sounds from all over. We tried to give another slang for women. Instead of 'Your phat butt' or 'Your big breasts,' we say, 'Oh, I need you. Can I be your carry out? Be my carry out. I want you to be my dinner, my leftovers, my everything.' It's a different slang. We're grown men, I wanna be subliminal to females. Like, 'Oooh, carry out? That's kinda sexy.'
Riding a Middle Eastern groove and one of his signature fat electro funk beats, Tim sets the stage on "Carry Out" with a string of some of those sung/spoken food-as-sex metaphors: "Baby, you lookin' fine/ I have 'open all night' like IHOP ... Let me get my ticket, baby/ Let me get in line/ I can tell the way you like it baby, supersize," he raps.
Then Timberlake comes in on the chorus, setting up some of the nastiest hooks this side of late funk legend Rick James and unveiling a seductive lower register that compliments his signature falsetto. "Take my order 'cause your body like a carry out/ Let me walk into your body 'til you hear me out/ Turn me on my baby, don't you cut me out," JT sings in his signature laid-back, come-on-style voice.
"We got a chemistry that cannot be described," Timbaland added. "People ask, 'Well, what are you and Justin like?' Can't tell you what it's like — it's a chemistry that can't be described. Something you would have to see for yourself and be, like, 'Them two got magic.' "
Timbaland says the studio session for "Carry Out" was similar to their previous collaborations. Timberlake came in, heard the track, and without a pad or pen, composed the lyrics in his head.
"Came in the lab, I started the beat. Beat playing, he mumbling to himself, 'Got it. Let's go.' He said, 'Oh, this is gone! No-brainer! Gone.' I'm like, 'OK, J.T. Whatever you say, buddy. I'm with ya. Don't doubt cha.' He did his thing. Sang in a different register. People will be like, 'Who is that?' I say, 'That's Justin.' [They say,] 'No it ain't ... that low.' Yeah, that's J.T."
Timberlake, who has been on an extended hiatus from making solo music, provides clear proof that he could jump back into the game at any minute if wants to, dropping in an instant-classic hook halfway through when he teases, "What's your name?/ What's your number?/ I'm glad I came/ Can you take my order?" over a pinging syncopated beat.
The MVP comeback from J.T. isn't the only surprise on the disc. It also features the rapping debut of Brandy, who hangs in verse-for-verse with Tim on the banging "Meet in Tha Middle," as well as songs with Cyrus, Perry, Drake, Esthero, the Fray, Jet, and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.