10 Producers Justin Timberlake Needs To Work With Soon
January 17, 2013 - 4:32 pm
The Producer: Mike WiLL Made It
His Recent Hits: Meek Mill's "Tupac Back," Future's "Turn on the Lights," Rihanna's "Pour It Up"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Mike WiLL hasn't done a lot of work with R&B singers. Not yet, at least. But, he did do a track for Rihanna recently that just so happens to be one of our favorites songs on her new project. If JT wants to create an edgier track or possibly one that features a rapper, Mike WiLL can make it.
The Producer: StarGate
His Recent Hits: Rihanna's "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You," Katy Perry's "Firework"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: "Suit & Tie" is cool and all. But, the hook didn't really capture us like so many JT songs have in the past. We haven't been able to get the hook from "Diamonds" out of our heads for the last two months, though. And, that's a song that StarGate—a Norwegian duo that both produces and writes—helped create. We're sure they could come up with something just as catchy for JT.
The Producer: The-Dream
His Recent Hits: Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Ciara's "Ride," Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Just about all of the producers on this list, do one thing: Produce. But, The-Dream obviously does it all. He produces, he writes, and he sings. So, we think he'd do more than just produce a track for JT. If he got into the studio with him, he'd also be able to push him to do something that's truly great.
The Producer: Tricky Stewart
His Recent Hits: Usher's "Moving Mountains," Fabolous' "Throw It in the Bag," Rick Ross' "All I Really Want"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: It's been a couple of years now since we heard from Tricky. But, as we've seen in the past, he comes out to play when the really BIG pop and R&B artists are ready to work. We mention him because, if JT were to get into the studio with The-Dream as we mentioned in the past entry, we'd want Tricky there, too. Can you even imagine the kind of stuff that would come out of their sessions?
The Producer: Noah "40" Shebib
His Recent Hits: Drake's "Marvin's Room," Jamie Foxx's "Fall For Your Type," Alicia Keys' "Unthinkable (I'm Ready)"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Not every single song on JT's new project can be a dance number. At times, we're sure he's going to want to slow things down. And, that's where "40" comes in. He has a way of bringing things down a few notches, without putting people to sleep. Plus, as a bonus, with "40" at the helm of one or two tracks, we know we'd get a JT/Drake collabo, which we have to believe is in the works anyway.
The Producer: Jim Jonsin
His Recent Hits: Kelly Rowland's "Motivation," Kid Cudi's "Erase Me," Eminem's "Space Bound"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Over the years, the Miami producer has delivered artists with a variety of different sounds. His music sounds just as good backing, say, Trey Songz as it does Eminem. And, that would be a real asset since it sounds like JT is experimenting with different sounds on his new album. Whatever he needs, we know Jim could deliver it.
The Producer: Future
His Recent Hits: Rihanna's "Loveeeeeee Song"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Okay, so Future doesn't have a ton of production experience. But, remember that time back in 2008 when JT and T-Pain teamed up to remix Pain's "Can't Believe It"? Yeah, ya do. JT killed that appearance and complimented Pain really well. We know a lot of people might frown upon a JT/Future collabo at first, but we think that if they got together, they could produce something that, if nothing else, would be really interesting.
The Producer: Diplo
His Recent Hits: Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now," Wale's "Slight Work," Usher's "Climax"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: Remember what we said about JT making dance music in the David Guetta entry? That same explanation could go here, too. If JT wants to make people dance in 2013, you can't go wrong with Guetta or Diplo right now. There would also be some room for these two to experiment with some really cool sounds if they ever worked together.
The Producer: will.i.am
His Recent Hits: Black Eyed Peas' "The Time (Dirty Bit)," Usher's "OMG," will.i.am's "Scream & Shout"
Why We Want JT To Work With Him: will.i.am just worked with JT's ex Britney Spears and created a song that's already one of the biggest dance tracks of late 2012/early 2013. And, we'd be willing to bet that he could do the exact same thing with Justin, too.