Grammy-winning singer Justin Timberlake has confirmed recent buzz and speculation of an upcoming track called “Sinatra in the Sands” with rap heavyweights Jay Z and Nas coming together.
Although careful with his words, JT provided insight on how the song came together and admitted he had no idea producer Timbaland planned to add Jay Z to the track.
“Originally I think it was something that Tim and I, Tim obviously did the beat and I wrote a hook on it where I sort of sang in the style of Frank Sinatra. I didn’t know that Jay was gonna be on it. I haven’t heard it done, I’ve only heard what Tim and I did together. I haven’t heard any verses. It’s a mid. It gives you that feeling though of this easygoing, I don’t want to say too much about it ’cause I haven’t heard the end of it and Tim has known to go back and [say, ‘I flipped the beat.’]” (“The Angie Martinez Show”)
While there’s no word on when fans will hear the track, Timbo recently revealed Justin would appear on it.
“I told Jay this, ‘The person that gets me from hip-hop now, the album’s going to be phenomenal. That’s Nas. Nas got a song, right now, with him, Jay and Justin that’s completely stupid. It’s called ‘Sinatra In The Sands’ and Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra. Jay was like, ‘Man, what’d you do to that record?’ And I was like, ‘No way, no way. Thank y’all. This is it!'” (Revolt TV)
In early June, a leaked photo revealed Young Hov clocking in studio time with Tim, Nas and JT.
If there was a competition for hip hop collaborations, then this would surely be the “Dream Team” — Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Nas and Timbaland. The foursome have been snapped together in the studio, and they’re seemingly in good spirits as they pour over some tunes. The well-connected Lenny S–aka the “Kodak Man” – shared the photo to the 44,000-plus followers of his “Kodaklens” Instagram page. His caption reads: “JAY x JT x NAS x TIMBO Rat Pack sh*t. For some this is “Work”… For us it’s just Fun. #RocNation” Quite what the fruits of those “fun” sessions sound like is the big unanswered question. (Billboard)
A month prior, Jay had the Internet rumbling over a snapshot with Young Money’s Drake.
And another Jay-Z collaboration is on the horizon. After Raekwon instagrammed a picture of himself and Hove a couple of days ago, another pic of Jay and Drake has now surfaced. The picture was taken by Lenny Santiago, the longtime A&R over at Def Jam and friend of Jay. This caption has been added: “Warning: Please be very afraid of the music we’re working on. OVO x ROCNATION” As we know, Drizzy is working on his new album Nothing Was The Same this summer, it is also rumored that Jay-Z is working on a full-length as well. (Hype Trak)
Earlier the same week, a photo of Jigga and Raekwon together landed on the Internet.
Jay-Z and Raekwon on the same track? It’s pretty much a dream come true for 90s rap heads. Both are wizards with the drug rap and crimes tales but from two completely different sides of the hustlers spectrum. However, they definitely share some common ground and have helped keep the integrity in New York rap. Thanks to Lenny S., we know a collabo is on the way. Was the RZA there?? Please. (Miss Info TV)
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