Pharrell: "Slave 4 u" Thanks To Justin Timberlake

Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” is one of her most iconic songs in her lengthy catalog of music, and it’s all thanks to Justin Timberlake. Wait, what?!

Pharrell detailed the top songs he’s produced throughout his career to the Huffington Post, including “Slave,” who he says happened because Brit’s ex Justin Timberlake insisted Pharrell meet his girl.

He says:

“Jay Z introduced me to him (at a club) in New York. He was there with a couple guys from N’Sync and Jay was like, ‘You have to meet this guy Justin Timberlake from N’Sync.’ I was like, ‘Oh, OK, cool.’ Jay was like, ‘Y’all need to work together.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah. Sure.’ So we met up and we did ‘Girlfriend’ and funny thing is the song’s called ‘Girlfriend’ and Justin’s like, ‘I want you to work with my girl’ and I was like, ‘All right, cool,'” Pharrell explained. “So he set it up and we did like two songs.

You know, we thought it was interesting, but I remember people going, ‘Oh you shouldn’t do that. You shouldn’t work with people in pop.’ And I was like, ‘Man, we have to have way more vision than that and we have to be open to … other types of creativity and what that may bring… If you’re just closed-minded and you think categorical all the time, then you’re going to be a categorical producer and I didn’t want to do that.”

Justin Timberlake may get the credit for being our girl’s first love, stealing her innocence and being the 1 & 1/4 of “Stinky and Pinky,” but he does NOT get credit for Iconic 4 U.