Justin Timberlake has a history of giving heartfelt interviews. Who could ever forget his interview on 20/20 where he cried with his mother over his tragic break up with Britney? The image of a fresh-faced Justin weeping over the piano in song about his broken heart will be forever burned into our memories. This time, Timberlake has opened up to Playboy Magazine about Lady Gaga, Racism, and his music career. Here are some pieces of the interview:
"PLAYBOY: Do you have an album’s worth of music hidden away somewhere?
TIMBERLAKE: No. I don’t have a single song ready to go. People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year, but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.
PLAYBOY: It’s interesting. If you listen to your voice when you sing and when you speak, you sometimes sound black. You’ve got so much soul the NAACP nominated you for an Image Award this year for The Social Network. Do you ever feel as though there’s a black guy trapped inside you waiting to come out?
TIMBERLAKE: Dude, I’m not touching that shit with a 10-foot pole! All I can tell you is I grew up in the South, where everything’s just a little bit thicker. The accents are thicker, the air’s thicker.
PLAYBOY: But clearly you have an affinity for black music and black culture. How else to explain the pitch-perfect “History of Rap” routine you did with Jimmy Fallon last year?
TIMBERLAKE: That’s the music of our generation, man. We were impersonating those rappers. We weren’t trying to be black. Listen, you’re touching on a deep issue for me. It’s bringing up stuff from my childhood. I grew up near the town where Martin Luther King was assassinated . It has always been a very segregated place. When I was a kid people would ask me what I hated most, and I would always say racism. It always comes up, and it always came up regarding my style of performing. I wasn’t cool with the white kids because they thought I wanted to be black. And I wasn’t cool with the black kids because they thought I wanted to be black. So I was looked at as a traitor and an intruder or an imposter. I had to find solace in just being me."
Timberlake is a lot of things, but stupid he is NOT. He knew very well not to answer any type of question like that. The interviewer for Playboy sounded a bit ignorant asking that question.
He then talked about Lady Gaga, with whom he just recently hosted Saturday Night Live.
"Okay, let’s talk about Lady GaGa for a minute. She’s a force. Beyond awesome. I mean, she’s legitimately talented. I’d love to see her come out with another record a couple of years from now that’s completely different, maybe something Tori Amos could do."
While this is quite the compliment for Lady Gaga, this makes heads shake because JT can get so excited about other musicians, yet completely ignore the fact that he started out as a musician, and a great one at that.
Justin Timberlake has done well in acting (and his role in The Social Network was a great one), but his true fans have been waiting for too long to see him back in the studio, making his next solid gold album.