"I feel that I'm in kind of a good place with the small cast that I have right now, because they're heavy hitters, definitely," he said recently. "But I'll have to see which direction it goes. If it makes sense, then I'll do it, but if not, I don't want to push it."
Will.I.Am is also producing tracks for the album, along with Timbaland and Rick Rubin (see "Don't Expect Justified 2: Timberlake Enlists Rick Rubin For New LP"). In fact, after collaborating on back-to-back Peas tracks (the first being the smash "Where Is the Love?"), Timberlake and Will formed their own production team called the Jawbreakers. Along with tracks for each other, they've worked with Charlie Wilson and Macy Gray.
"Will does stuff on his own and I do stuff on my own, but it's obviously a pleasure when we get to work together, so why not?" Timberlake said. "It's like golf — it's something you can do 30 years from now. I was like, 'Who knows what's going to happen to us as artists, but let's keep doing stuff for everybody else too.' "
Will and Timberlake have finished at least four songs together (see "Timberlake Feeling Will.I.Am's Love All Over Again On New LP"), although it looks like Timbaland will be the biggest contributor, especially since the Neptunes are out due to their dispute with Jive Records over the Clipse (see "Sayonara, Señorita: Pharrell, Justin May Never Record Together Again"). Timbaland and Timberlake collaborated on four Justified tracks, including "Cry Me a River."
"Tim and I have a very interesting connection when it comes to music," Justin said. "We just kinda understand each other 'cause we're both Southern and we both kinda think the same way about life. I just worked with him for like 10 days and came out with like eight or nine songs with lyrics, melodies, vocals, everything! Now it's just a matter of going back and tweaking them and really fine-tuning them and putting the bells and whistles around the foundation."
Timberlake plans to keep recording through the spring and release the album in the summer. So far there's no title for the project.
"I don't even have titles for the songs yet," he said. "I come up with the title for the record when [Jive] gives me a deadline. And then I'll come up with something off the top of my head."
— Corey Moss