First Impressions: Justin & T.I. Collaborate...No, It's Not "My Love Pt. 2"

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Most who know me know there was a time in my life where I would've licked the ground that Justin Timberlake walked on...okay, well not lick...but if he decided to sing an album of songs about Chia Pets and wool knit scarves, I'd revere it as a masterpiece. Now I've grown out of that phase, but since the well for new Justin material is bone dry these days, the warm feelings of Justified days boil up whenever something does pop out of the woodwork from his camp...even if it's a rejected T.I. collaboration. Let's get this straight, "If I" is no "My Love", but it's not a bad track. Timbaland takes the production credit for this, and *gasp* it actually sounds different. Yeah, there are some naughty words/phrases that the kiddos need not repeat, but the bass line is killer and Justin's verses are catchy like a cold...and le gasp! I hear a teeny bit of Hall & Oates's "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" in the background...and the nerd I am would of course point that out. But it's kind of interesting that T.I. begins to sing--yes--sing, towards the end. Lordy...well, at least there wasn't any usage of auto-tune...

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