The members of Three 6 Mafia are among the few rappers who’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Justin Timberlake, linking up with JT on his 2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds track “Chop Me Up.” And now, Juicy J has scored some one-on-one time with the star.
Fans will likely get to hear the results of the team-up when Juicy drops his upcoming solo album, Stay Trippy. During an interview in April, Wiz Khalifa let slip that his new Taylor Gang signee had hit the studio with the 20/20 Experience singer. And on Wednesday, during a visit to “RapFix Live,” the Memphis rapper confirmed it was all true.
“I’ve got this record [with Timberlake], but it’s not all the way finished yet,” Juicy said, adding that he’s been onto Justin for a minute, thanks to their hometown connection (“He’s from Memphis like me”).
“We did a couple of records [together], but he’s still gotta do the vocals, so hopefully, while they’re doing the mixing, it’ll make the album,” he said of the new music, which seems to include involvement from producer Timbaland as well. “Right now, we’re wrapping it up and hopefully it’ll definitely make the album because it’s a great song.”
Juicy J also recalled the experience of joining Justin in the studio for Timberlake’s last album, admitting that he was blown away by the singer/actor’s work ethic. “Justin is super talented; he can play any type of instrument and he even engineers on the mixing board,” he explained. “When I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, that guy really knows music.’ Instead of just coming in and laying a verse then leaving, he was involved in everything. He’s a producer and songwriter — he’s incredible.”
In addition to the hometown connection, it also helps that Justin was actually a fan of Three 6 Mafia growing up, despite his mom’s objections. “He told me he used to listen to a lot of our mixtapes, but his mom didn’t want him playing it.”
Stay Trippy is currently scheduled for release on July 2.