Why Justin Timberlake Turned Down Working With Jay-Z

<p id=”par-1_25″><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/jay-z/”>Jay-Z</a> has collaborated with a variety of different artists, including <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/john-lennon-song-inspired-justin-timberlakes-selfish.html/”>“Selfish” singer Justin Timberlake</a>. But there was a point when Jay-Z almost missed his chance on working with the NSYNC member.</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-justin-timberlake-was-once-no-longer-interested-in-collaborating-with-jay-z”>Justin Timberlake was once no longer interested in collaborating with Jay-Z</h2>

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<p id=”par-2_55″>If things turned out differently, the hit 2013 record “Suit & Tie” wouldn’t have been the first song Timberlake did with Jay-Z. It turned out that Timberlake originally approached the prolific MC for a record a couple of years prior. But Jay-Z was busy at the time, and reassured Timberlake that they’d work together on another project. Timberlake, however, wasn’t sure he could accommodate his own schedule to work with Jay Z again.</p>

<p id=”par-3_65″>“<a href=”https://www.google.com/search?q=showbiz+cheat+sheet+jay+z+how+many+albums&sca_esv=09379ecd0b6efd91&sxsrf=ACQVn0_Cxgqbcd8aMylLKA113BLFbdJezA%3A1713556897711&source=hp&ei=oc0iZsmjKfXFkPIP1PynoAc&iflsig=ANes7DEAAAAAZiLbsdER2HgaoIabneW2YKptvw–_sOL&oq=showbiz+cheat+sheet+jay+z+how+many&gs_lp=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-iYAg&sclient=gws-wiz”>Jay-Z has put out 11 albums</a>, and I was talking about doing collaboration with him, and he said, ‘I can’t do it right now, but I’ll get you on the next album,’” Timberlake once told <em>Vanity Fair </em>(via <a href=”https://www.mtv.com/news/9c24lw/justin-timberlake-recalls-jay-z-snub-in-interview”>MTV News</a>). “I was like, ‘No, man, I don’t work like that. This sounded good to me for you and me to do together, and if it doesn’t work, then I totally get it, but I won’t be putting an album out next year; these aren’t a dime a dozen to me.’”</p>

<p id=”par-4_42″>But it seemed Timberlake and Jay-Z were able to eventually find common ground for “Suit & Tie”. The hit record was for Timberlake’s comeback studio album <em>The 20/20 Experience</em>, and was both a critical and commercial success. Timberlake and Jay-Z would also go on tour together, which the songwriter confided was a more than fun experience.</p>

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<p id=”par-5_42″>“It was unbelievable,” Timberlake once told <em>The Breakfast Club </em>(via <a href=”https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.25244/title.justin-timberlake-says-jay-z-was-approached-before-t-i-for-my-love-collaboration”>Hip Hop DX</a>). “For him, to kind of give me real creative license to put, musically, to put the show together and to trust me with that, it obviously meant a lot…It’s the best show I’ve ever been a part of.”</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-this-popular-justin-timberlake-and-t-i-song-was-originally-supposed-to-feature-jay-z”>This popular Justin Timberlake and T.I. song was originally supposed to feature Jay-Z</h2>

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<p id=”par-6_37″>Timberlake added another smash hit to his discography when he collaborated with T.I. on the hit 2006 record “My Love.” But Timerblake revealed that the record was initially Jay-Z’s to perform on. Jay-Z, however, had other commitments at the time, so passed on the collaboration.</p>

<p id=”par-7_54″>“I wanted to do a record with him on <em>FutureSex/LoveSounds</em> and he at that time had done a record with Beyonce, <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/beyonce-hit-single-deja-vu-came-about-thanks-to-7-eleven.html/”>it was ‘Déjà Vu.’</a> And he said—respectfully, I can’t knock him for saying like I have this one feature,” Timberlake said. “I think he was working on his own music as well so he didn’t want to be on too many things. And I said, ‘I totally respect that. I’m obviously not gonna get into any domestic anything. That’s your wife.’ But the record was ‘My Love.’”</p>

<p id=”par-8_16″>It all worked out in the end, since T.I. was the perfect match for the track.</p>

<p id=”par-9_21″>“And it ended up being an interesting blessing in disguise because I think Tip for that record—I mean his verse is phenomenal,” he said.</p>

<h2 class=”wp-block-heading” id=”h-justin-timberlake-and-jay-z-have-a-lot-more-hidden-songs-together”>Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z have a lot more hidden songs together</h2>

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<p id=”par-10_34″>The first time Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake met was actually because of <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/beyonce-shared-biggest-lesson-learned-marriage-jay-z.html/”>the rapper’s wife Beyonce</a>. Beyonce was working on a record with Timberlake and producer Timbaland. Jay-Z happened to be there, and the mogul’s musical chemistry with Timberlake was instant.</p>

<p id=”par-11_54″>“I was with Tim and we were working on stuff for Miss Beyonce,” Timberlake once said on <em>106 & Park </em>(via <a href=”https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/justin-timberlake-says-he-and-jay-z-have-done-a-lot-of-songs-together-hopeful-1552402/”>Billboard</a>). “And she made the mistake of letting Jay and I have another room at the studio. Actually, I don’t want to give too much away, but we’ve done a lot of songs together. So hopefully those will find a way to see the light of day.”</p>

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