Justin Timberlake Remembers His ‘Justified’ Days With Pharrell

April 3, 2016 By Jordan Miller

JT says he didn’t think of going solo until he heard Chad Hugo playing the guitar during a recording session.


Justin Timberlake admits his split from *NSYNC happened after getting inspired from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes.

Fans of the boy band could see Justin’s solo career coming a mile away, but during an interview on Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener’s Beats 1 show OTHERtone for Apple Music, Timberlake says he wasn’t motivated to leave the group until he heard Chad Hugo mess around on the guitar.

“‘Last Night’ was a good one for personal reasons,” JT says looking back, then recalling the breezy tune “Let’s Take A Ride.” Literally the first day of recording… I remember walking in and was like ‘what are we gonna do?'” He recalls listening to Hugo playing the guitar intro to “Like I Love You.” That moment was so much of a confirmation for me because Pharrell and I had conversations before that point, cause we had worked on that one *NSYNC song called ‘Girlfriend,’ and I remember feeling like, ‘I have to do my own record and I have to go solo,'” he said. “I don’t know that I was so vocal about that at the time because it wasn’t as conscious of an idea, but I remember feeling like when I heard that, I just knew that when I walked in [and heard that]… these two guys were the answer to everything that I wanted to do.”

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