It’s Timbaland’s time to call in some favors from his promiscuous and sexy friends on this track from the producer’s solo album, due out next year. Not surprisingly, the beat is awesome once it kicks in, but then we’re smacked with Nelly’s vox and umm …

We no like. But allegedly Timberlake’s part is about Janet Jackson, and that’s the sort of shit-stirring we can get behind!

Could you speak up and stop mumbling
I dont think you’re even clear
When you’re sitting on the top
it’s hard to hear you from way up there.
I saw you tryin to act cute on TV
“Just let me clear the air.”
We missed you on the charts last week
Damn that’s right, you wasn’t there

Now if sexy never left
then why is everybody on my shit
Don’t hate on me just because
you didn’t come up with it
So if you see us in the club
go on and walk the other way
Cause our run will never be over
not at least until we say

Never underestimate the divisive power of the nipple.

Comments (63)
  1. Somebody  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    “Why does hip hop hate melody so much?!”

    That’s the fucking stupidest thing I’ve ever read on this website, especially in relationship to this melody, which is a melody, sung without autotune, with as much precision (and written with at least as much sophistication) as half the rock bands Stereogum fucking loves.

    Jesus.

  2. janine  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    co-sign on what “Somebody” said…

  3. bigfan  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Yeah i totally agree with somebody. Half the bands you love don’t have any sort of melody and let’s not talk about pitch and their range…let’s not even get into how they can’t really SING… clap your hands say yeah!?<~ wtf is that, singing?
    wolfparade<~ which i am a huge fan of. But your voice cracking when you get to a higher range makes for a lovely melody.
    I’m not even a fan of hiphop, but stop shitting on it.

  4. Ariel  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Wow some folks are angry today. Why are you hating on the website that feeds you? If you don’t like what you read then you aren’t obligated to visit

  5. the rza  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    stop tryin to change hip-hop in r&b (rap and bullshit)

  6. This song could use more Sean Lennon, no?

  7. And you thought you could make fun of Nelly Furtado without consequence. For shame…

    Maybe it’s because the name Furtado is already reminiscent of a crap-filled burrito.

  8. oh.  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Timbaland’s debut album? That doesn’t sound right at all.

  9. granted, this song sucks balls. but that statement coming from such a hipster website that loves showcasing a majority of seriously shitty bands won’t get any breaks.

  10. Is it possible he’s actually addressing Fed-Ex? WRT the line about the album not being on the charts last week, we all know how he caught a major brick.

  11. sh  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    I think Drama might be right. Unless Janet released a record last week, too?

  12. fauxschizzle  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    the second part is about Prince. He’s the one who said “Sexy never left”…
    Not cool, JT

  13. fauxschizzle  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Janet was on tv saying “Just let me clear the air”.. it’s about her

  14. Somebody  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    “If you don’t like what you read then you aren’t obligated to visit”

    Nor am I forbidden to point out what I consider to be an irresponsible, stupid statement.

    If it’s a joke, it wasn’t well-told.

  15. Irresponsible?

  16. Ever think that maybe rock music loves melody too much?

    I wish Stereogum still had its writers sign their posts so readers knew who to trash talk.

  17. Mat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    At first I was going to say “Somebody missed the tongue-in-cheek part of this post”, but then I realized that one of the people “not getting the funny” is NAMED ‘Somebody’, so now I’m really just not sure what to do.

    Though, given how serious his/her tone is, the suggestion will likely be made that I go fuck myself.

  18. Mat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    At first I was going to say “Somebody missed the tongue-in-cheek part of this post”, but then I realized that one of the people “not getting the funny” is NAMED ‘Somebody’, so now I’m really just not sure what to do.

    Though, given how serious his/her tone is, the suggestion will likely be made that I go fuck myself.

  19. Mat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    At first I was going to say “Somebody missed the tongue-in-cheek part of this post”, but then I realized that one of the people “not getting the funny” is NAMED ‘Somebody’, so now I’m really just not sure what to do.

    Though, given how serious his/her tone is, the suggestion will likely be made that I go fuck myself.

  20. Mat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    At first I was going to say “Somebody missed the tongue-in-cheek part of this post”, but then I realized that one of the people “not getting the funny” is NAMED ‘Somebody’, so now I’m really just not sure what to do.

    Though, given how serious his/her tone is, the suggestion will likely be made that I go fuck myself.

  21. Mat  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Oh my goodness. Sorry for the spam there, looks like commenting doesn’t like me much.

  22. alicia  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    no worries Mat ! your comment deserves to be there thrice ! well said ;)

  23. maybe you need a gangsta rap correspondent to win back your hip hop demographic

  24. Jono  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    I wonder who the “Piano man” is that Timbaland is dissing during his rap? Is it Scott Storch?

  25. John Legend?

  26. No no, I got it: Elton John. He’s a scathing bitch 24/7.

  27. Jono  |   Posted on Nov 14th, 2006 0

    Hahah yeah its a toss up between Elton and Billy Joel.

    They don’t wanna be startin no beef with Timbaland!

  28. Chris  |   Posted on Nov 15th, 2006 0

    “Why Does hip hop hate melody so much?”.

    That?s a totally justified statement, as long as you point out that most new rock music, especially indie rock does, as well. That doesn’t necessarily make it worse than anything else (you can have rhythm without having melody), its just that hip hop is far more often than not, based on rhythm and not melody. Look at its origins, groups like grandmaster flash and the furious five, and run dmc. No melody whatsoever. It?s not really a bad thing, but its totally true.

  29. janine  |   Posted on Nov 15th, 2006 0

    oh peggy, peggy, peggy… “gangsta rap?” Next i’ll hear about the kids today and their “alternative” music. you sound like a grandmother.

  30. Sheik  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2006 0

    Was Timbo dissing on Scott Storch? It seems like he was dissing on somebody and I heard something about how “you are just a pianoman” or something of that sort. Wasn’t Scott Storch the keyboardist in The Roots before he became a big-time producer?

  31. jess  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2006 0

    tht woz raw lol is he talking bout prince?????? i think he may get big critisism if he is lol i hope he doesnt tho coz i think justin gr8

  32. I’m not sure who JT is dissin’. I thought at first Janet and there are a few reasons why it would be her, like her cd didnt do that great but JT says “last week”, and Fed-Ex his “album” came sales were released last week so you would think its Federline he’s talking about. But…”let me clear the air” is where I get completely stumped because apparently Janet said that when addressing the NippleGate incident. Im not sure who its a diss to. But he sure has got us talkin’!

  33. DoSNeKoS  |   Posted on Nov 16th, 2006 0

    Hey All…keep in mind that just cuz the song was leaked now doesn’t mean the “last week” reference needs to be taken literally. Janet’s album was released about six-to-seven weeks ago, so it still fits the time frame from when they would’ve recorded the song.

  34. Justin timberlake like Beckham 97% of their sales are based on their looks and birth and 3% on talent and skills. Beckham was never a superstar but cuase of his looks they call him a superstar…
    On the otherhand you have Prince, on of the most creative people in the music industry. 150% talent. Justin you are not and will never be in the same league as Prince. You can make more money than him but you can match his talent.

  35. eh..  |   Posted on Nov 20th, 2006 0

    r you serious?! JT has some seriously eclectic taste in music and if he’s that bad then why the hell did justified do so well? sure there’s a lot of publicity, but if it was that bad, recording companies wouldn’t take the risk to produce him, no matter how “good looking” he is… and as far as prince is concerned, sure he’s a different league, but timberlake isn’t trying or claims to be Prince… And as far as beckham is concerned, he’s still a very good soccer player, again, if he wasn’t he wouldn’tbe where he is, obviously there’s better than him, but if you know so much, then why don’t you go play against him, see how you go…

  36. William  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2006 0

    HIGH TIME THIS WAS ADDRESSED!

    I only read a couple of comments but some hit on something that I think the indie world needs to examine… the lack of decent vocalists who have decent pitch and can stay on key!

    Someone discussed CLYHSY, I agree, the songwriting = solid, the singer’s vocal inflection, phrasing = unique and notewothy, the sound actually coming out of his mouth? = horrible!

    Similarly, the newest Unicorns/Islands album, anybody actually able to sit through that without tearing your ears out? honestly? I mean the vocalist searches for every note. Its like michael jordan’s attempt at batting, swings to hit it and misses everytime

    Notable exceptions: Isaac Brock, Dan Bejar and most definitely Spencer Krug. Why do these guys get a pass? because their shit actually sounds decent with the music.

    Oh and Tom Waits is immune to the above discussion simply because he is Tom Waits.

  37. William  |   Posted on Nov 22nd, 2006 0

    HIGH TIME THIS WAS ADDRESSED!

    I only read a couple of comments but some hit on something that I think the indie world needs to examine… the lack of decent vocalists who have decent pitch and can stay on key!

    Someone discussed CLYHSY, I agree, the songwriting = solid, the singer’s vocal inflection, phrasing = unique and notewothy, the sound actually coming out of his mouth? = horrible!

    Similarly, the newest Unicorns/Islands album, anybody actually able to sit through that without tearing your ears out? honestly? I mean the vocalist searches for every note. Its like michael jordan’s attempt at batting, swings to hit it and misses everytime

    Notable exceptions: Isaac Brock, Dan Bejar and most definitely Spencer Krug. Why do these guys get a pass? because their shit actually sounds decent with the music.

    Oh and Tom Waits is immune to the above discussion simply because he is Tom Waits.

  38. Elliott  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2006 0

    This song is outstanding, easily one of the best mainstream songs I’ve heard all year.

  39. god of music  |   Posted on Nov 23rd, 2006 0

    look at & listen to you guys constantly moaning & criticising everything you don’t like. why don’t you step off from that miserably small-minded approach of judging music solely by your own standards & favorites? i suggest you all (try to) make a song yourselves, it will throw over every single one of you musical parasites’ universe. then we’ll talk a again and see if you’ll judge that fast………………… shame shame shame!

  40. …looks like I’m joining the party a week late, but I fully agree with the thrashing delivered to whoever made that self-aggrandizing “post” about the “lack of melody” in hip-hop. I like left of the mainstream as much as anyone, but the indie community has *no* perch to look down upon when bemoaning melody in contemporary music. There’s good and bad on both sides of the fence. And for that matter, I consider *both* Ys and Futuresexy/Lovesounds to be two of the best albums of 2006 in their respective categories (folk and r/n/b). Get off your high horse, anonymous Stereogum editor, and you won’t make the mistake of assuming your readers are nearly as pretentious as you were, and as you assumed them to be. :^)

  41. mathias  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2006 0

    here it goes:

    ” seen ya try to switch it up but girl you ain’t got to” <– nelly disses fergie from switching her style from her old group wild orchids to her new “image” in BEP

    “I’m a real producer and you just the piano man” <–timbo dissin scott storch because if youve ever seen footage of storch in the studio, all he does is play his little korg and uses that wah-wah type knob. where as timb plays every instrument on his track from beatbox to even using live drum kits himself.

    justin’s verse is pretty self explanatory. prince said “Who said Sexy’s back…Sexy never left partner” at a concert a little while ago, so he shouldnt think that shit would go unheard.

    janet is loving the attention from this cuz her album pretty much flopped. i mean come on, doing a song with Khia? She pretty set herself up for it. I think her brother Mike could put out an album have better numbers than her.

    in the words of jay hovah “timbo the king”.

  42. mathias  |   Posted on Dec 11th, 2006 0

    here it goes:

    ” seen ya try to switch it up but girl you ain’t got to” <– nelly disses fergie from switching her style from her old group wild orchids to her new “image” in BEP

    “I’m a real producer and you just the piano man” <–timbo dissin scott storch because if youve ever seen footage of storch in the studio, all he does is play his little korg and uses that wah-wah type knob. where as timb plays every instrument on his track from beatbox to even using live drum kits himself.

    justin’s verse is pretty self explanatory. prince said “Who said Sexy’s back…Sexy never left partner” at a concert a little while ago, so he shouldnt think that shit would go unheard.

    janet is loving the attention from this cuz her album pretty much flopped. i mean come on, doing a song with Khia? She pretty set herself up for it. I think her brother Mike could put out an album have better numbers than her.

    in the words of jay hovah “timbo the king”.

  43. Storchaveli  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2007 0

    wtf are u talking about ???
    Storch makes every part of Production and + plays instruments, even Dre doesnt play instruments..
    so Timba can suck Storch’s dick!!!

  44. Storchaveli  |   Posted on Jan 10th, 2007 0

    wtf are u talking about ???
    Storch makes every part of Production and + plays instruments, even Dre doesnt play instruments..
    so Timba can suck Storch’s dick!!!

  45. Wow, a member named Storcheveli is biased towards other producers aside Scott Storch? I would never have guessed.

  46. lizzie  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2007 0

    haha wow wtf is up with u guys fighting? lets get back to what we should be talking about–the song. I love the song the sound is really unique & it has a good beat. It’s a good song to dance to.
    and even though the fighting is pointless…mathais i like what u said, it wuz pretty funny

  47. lizzie  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2007 0

    duine…nice try at insulting jt but it didnt quite work. (he can match princes talent–is what u said) if u think he has no talent then u need to pull those earplugs out and listen to him again. And where did beckham come from? hes definitely famous for playing soccer but has no soccer skill, oh yea that makes sense.

  48. Brandon  |   Posted on Feb 17th, 2007 0

    I have ALWAYS been a huge fan of Timbaland right from the start, his music is not only original and catchy, its just plain fuckin good!!! The man can do no wrong, and that includes this song; LOVE IT!

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