Justin Timberlake

10 Life Lessons We Should Learn from Justin Timberlake

The singer reinvents himself as a respected actor and releases a heavily promoted album that gives us the same old Justin.

The 20/20 Experience, after 7 years of musical absence, isn’t revolutionary. But this isn’t about the album. This is about the reinvention of a former N’Sync Boy-band star whose career could’ve taken a toll for the worse, but has consistently risen in value every year since 1997.

In 2001, N’Sync appeared with Free & AJ on BET’s 106 & Park for the first time to promote their latest single “Pop”. In Brooklyn, you no longer had to hide the fact that you knew all the words. Sitting on the televisions blackest couch for 30-minutes, there was one member who wasn’t nervous: Justin Timberlake. He showcases his around the block personality and proclaims his love for “real Hip-Hop”. A statement so influential, it resulted in attracting Hip Hop’s most notable producers to help create Justin’s first two multi-platinum albums.

Today, Timberlake has a huge hand in the reorganization of the new Myspace.com, runs the William Rast fashion label, got married and made a few successful movies – you can’t help but root for the Timber.

Let’s share with you a few secrets to steal from Timberlake’s line of work. A few things worth applying to your work, your idea and your life:

1. You don’t have to be the best but you do have to be really good at what you do.
After a thorough listen of Justin’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience, it’s clear that this is his best work. That’s not to say it’s actually great. It’s just that something magical happens when Timberlake and Timbaland get into the studio. And it’s something that only JT can make us get over, as long as he appears on television showing us how much better his personality is over his music.

2. Your career isn’t over just because of that one hair cut decision you made.
Remember Brustin? It’s old news, so you almost forget Justin’s old haircuts, old dance moves and his fiery dumping of Britney Spears. Through it all, he rose from hellfire and brimstone to arrive as thee Justin Timberlake. Onward and upward.

Justin Timberlake Haircut

3. Become really good friends with Jay-Z.
If you’re going to go anywhere – go big. Reach to the stars for a little street cred, a la Jay-Z. And Jay could benefit from a little extra Pop influence. Though, the “Suit & Tie” single would’ve been far better in the hands of Andre 3000. The fact is: Call up one of the biggest names to win you more hip credibility.

4. Spend your money on acting classes.
As evident in his press interviews, JT enrolled into a few sketch and improvisational comedy classes. You’re not born with these skills, you learn them. Don’t ever let anyone tell you different.

5. Don’t be a meanie.
If you watched ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (or Saturday Night Live) last week, you’ll notice that JT’s band and back up singers seemed the most happiest in the land. Not sure what he tells his team, but if you watch them closely you’ll see the positive energy is there.

6. Grow up down south.
When you see Timber, he’s usually excited about whatever it is he’s trying to share with you. You’ll notice he’s worked really hard to maintain a level of appreciation, courtesy and charisma. And it might help that he’s from Memphis, making him a natural in hospitality. Don’t get it twisted. It’s still an art and it can be learned.

Stinky and Pinky

7. Do things that only make sense to you.
When Timber and team decided they’d go on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ for an entire week, they won. People will either hate you or love you, but at least you’re giving them the option. In other news, you’ll find that all songs on the album are between 6 to 7 minutes. Though the long songs aren’t ambitious and aren’t worth their running time, they are very daring and worth conversing about.

8. Remember that not everyone knows who you are.
What better way to get the word out to people than to star in a Bud Light commercial? That’s right, there is no known better way. The marketing effort is just in time to help Timberlake show himself to old fans and introduce himself to 13-year-old fans who have no idea who N’Sync is.

9. Grow a beard.
You don’t have to grow a groovy mustache, but you must be able to feel change within yourself. Your hairdo, as you know, determines how you feel about yourself. After a fresh shave or trip to the hair salon, a sudden sense of renewal, cleanliness and sexy explodes from your presence. Cut it off, grow it, shave it, A$AP Rocky braid it. Whatever it is, just do it. You deserve to feel brand new.

10. Don’t try to become Prince.
This overused phrase still has large amounts of impact to it. Develop a certain set of rules you must live by. If you’re not funny, don’t try being a comedian. But if you really want to be a comedian, take a class for it or become friends with someone who is. Write down a list of beliefs, goals and course of action for everything. Know your strength and your weakness. Timberlake knows he isn’t the Prince of this generation. And he isn’t trying to be. He might even be better.

Which life lesson will you implement into your life? Let us know in the comments below.

A story from KareemTaylor.com.

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  • Swaggout

    I love this article.

  • Tazz

    He has talent but he is just a white version of Pharrell to me.

    • hoeyuno

      And thats what seperates dude from new kids on the block backstreet boys anr the rest of’em… dude has talent. Dont get me wrong im a snobby hip hop head to the t but i got no disses for jt…

    • Pierre Elliott

      NO PHARREL CAN MAKE HIS OWN MUSIC..

    • BottomLine

      Pharrell is a white version of pharrell

  • PL

    -After a thorough listen of Justin’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience, it’s clear that this is his best work. That’s not to say it’s actually great. Huh? His best work… but not actually great?

    -Timberlake might be better than Prince? Kill yo self…seriously…How much did RCA pay you to write this BS?

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  • King Rickey

    Good ideas in this piece. No doubt Timberlake still got it.

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  • Biba Adams

    Good piece, Karrem… What stood out to me is something I’ve done for a long time, “Write down a list of beliefs, goals and course of action for everything. Know your strength and your weakness.”

  • Pierre Elliott

    WORD??? BETTER THAN PRINCE???!!!! ARE *YOU* KIDDING ME?
    IT GOES LIKE THIS FOOL!!!

    JAMES BROWN. JIMI HENDRIX. SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. MICHAEL JACKSON.
    PRINCE, AFTER PRINCE THERE IS NO ONE ELSE!!!

    WHY DO YOU PEOPLE LIE AND GIVE FALSE IDEAS AND IMAGES??
    WHY DO YOU WANT TO BIG UP PEOPLE WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT AS TALENTED..

    PRINCE MAKES HIS *OWN* MUSIC, HE DOESNT NEED A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO MAKE HIS VISION COME ALIVE…

    2 WORDS FOOL: PURPLE RAIN.

    • Q.

      “PRINCE MAKES HIS *OWN* MUSIC, HE DOESNT NEED A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO MAKE HIS VISION COME ALIVE…”

      WORD. I saw JT last week on Fallon. He had a 15-piece band, backup singers, guitarists, horn section, the whole nine, mostly Black, of course. Everybody was on point…JT’s aight vocally, but that kickazz band would’ve made any half-decent singer sound good.

    • Militant

      Everybody knows that Prince got his style from Jimi Hendrix and James Brown.

      • timwest1000

        Hey Justin, STFU!

      • Guest

        That’s so funny, I forgot to laugh.

      • So What

        Didn’t forget to say it twice tho

      • Militant

        Simple error by double tapping the touch screen

      • timwest1000

        Looks more like you are a mag.

      • Militant

        You’re mad corny !

      • Militant

        That’s so funny, I forgot to laugh

    • BottomLine

      No disrespect, but you forgot the great “BOB MARLEY”…

  • Pierre Elliott

    ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO AGREE WITH THIS LIST ARE STUPID SHEEP….

    YOU CANT BE BLACK, YOU JUST CANT BE….

    • DJ7

      WORD UP!! Any authentic Black man/woman still rolling with this Keebler after the superbowl stunt (that’s just 1 ex)….kill ya’self …. reincarnate as a cat…. then kill ya’self 9 more x’s

      • BottomLine

        U exactly right. Janet aint SH#T but Justin rocks? How does that work?

  • timwest1000

    1. Be white
    2. Emulate your favorite black singer
    3. Bring blacks on board to make it look legitimate
    4. Watch the white audience defend you and support your Michael Jackson/Prince interpretation even if they hate the music. (The more blacks hate it-the more whites love it)
    5.Pay a lame writer like KareemTaylor to exaggerate your talent while appearing on all TV shows promoting fake beefs etc.
    6. Repeat steps1-6 every 5 years after drug binges with mother.

    • Militant

      How many white people did Prince and Michael Jackson bring on stage ? Think about that my niggah, before you make music an color issue

      • timwest1000

        totally irrelevant, and i am not your niggah,

      • Militant

        Smh

      • Militant

        Totally RELEVANT. Deal with it Troll.

    • So What

      this is also a good list…. what’s your point?

      • timwest1000

        I learned that from listening to Prince and Michael Jackson who fought their labels over this type of thing. The industry is rigged. Art is suffering behind it. Blacks are exploited and are fading fast because they are too ignorant or brainwashed to stand up for themselves. Where is Little Richard when you need him? Adele speaks with a british accent and sings like a runaway slave and wins ALL the awards. Steve Harvey is right, Hollywood AND the Music Industry is racists, you cant see that? Kanye is right, “Ill be a good niggah next time massa, just let me in”… SMH You MF’s are crazy and probly white or hispanic posing as black OR your mentality is part of the problem Steady giving passes to white people and NEVER getting a pass from them. And by the way NO ONE who calls them self “militant” would EVER defend Justin Timberlake my trailer trash friend. (Its shit like that, using names ‘militant’ or ‘real nigga’ that is so condescending from you trolling white dudes) THERE ARE COUNTLESS BLACK PEOPLE MAKING THIS MUSIC WHO GET OVERLOOKED BECAUSE THEY DO NOT FIT THE “IMAGE” THEY WANT TO SELL. It has nothing to do with his talent. It is all rigged and programmed. And ALL OF YOU are just consumer robots with no expectations or standards. Just plug me in and point me in the direction you want me to go. SMH

      • Militant

        And oh yeah. I’m black as midnight. So grow on that my nigga.

      • timwest1000

        maybe on the outside. your insides are white and the stripe down your back is yellow

      • Militant

        Says the dumb nigga with 333 comments hating on everything he can. You’re a troll pretending to be pro black. News flash nigga: blacks are no longer wearing dashikis. And if you and I were in the same room, you wouldn’t even acknowledge yourself. There’s a difference between being a critic and a hater. And you dumb nigga, fall under the hater category. Now go sit next to Spike Lee with all that bullshit hate NIGGA !

      • Josh Sykes

        That nigga just mad because JT on top of the r and b game right now. None of these cats can touch him. That why he retied for seven years. No challenge to the throne

  • Militant

    I listened to the Justin Timberlake album, and I’m not mad at all. How can niggas be mad ? In fact he took a shiznit on todays r&b cats such as Chris Brown and Ne-yo who both put out terrible albums. I look at music from a colorless point of view. The same niggahs that talkin shiznit about this dude, because he’s white, are the same niggahs that supported other white artists such as Teena Marie, Jon B, Robin Thicke and so forth. You’re also the same niggahs that accept bullshit music from cats like Trinadad James and the list goes. The same niggahs that stop listening to conscious hip hop, because u didn’t want the knowledge. A bunch of microwave generation niggahs that don’t know anything about music. Take a look at who the real sell outs are.

    • Pierre Elliott

      AND THATS MY BEEF TOO. THE WHITE BOYS MUSIC IS SOUNDING BETTER THAN THIERS… SO YEAH THEY ARE THE SELL OUTS HERE…

    • Josh Sykes

      amen

  • EzE

    You forgot couple lessons…. infiltrate the urban culture when its time to sell albums then disappear….OR…..when your pop group goes stale sing RnB cuz bitches love “white guys with a black soul”………….Just copy urban music and introduce it to whites as a unique sound….i.e.. Kenny G Jon B Snow Eminem Robin Thicke Justin Beiber Elvis Presley Tina Marie etc..

  • 2012Industry1

    Are people mad because he made a better R&B Album than the other R&B artists? Chris, Trey & Ne-Yo? Who, by the way all had #1 albums last year, and are considered the top of the game (excluding Usher actually, Confessions sold 10 MIl…you get a pass for that only). Miguel, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd were the most influential R&B Artists of the last year and this album is a Bigger Version of what they did! People keep saying that those cats are soft and gay (which is really absurd!) but Trey and Chris are hard and make Awkward/Hardcore R&B music? It’s not suppose to be that! This guy made a dope album, dope single, and gives props to where it came from every time!

    • Militant

      Yep !

    • Darkfather504

      Off Top!! I can’t give props when the style is stolen!!!!!

      • 2012Industry1

        How is it stolen? Why can’t it be him paying tribute or making music in the lane of…? Stolen is when you say you’re the one who came up with that style or that lane. Not once did that happen. He’ always said that he wants to take it back to when Sam, Otis, Marvin and Al were doing it. So is Joey Badass stealing too?

    • BottomLine

      The album may be descent or maybe even good, but DOPE? Lets not get carried away pleeeeeez.

  • Jonathan

    I’m white and this asshat has NOTHING to do with real Hip Hop. He isn’t Rap, and it’s damn pathetic he’s on the front pages on this site. If he deserves to be compared to anyone, it’s Justin Beiber.

    • Militant

      Who was around first ? Bieber or Timberlake ?

    • BottomLine

      Dude, that comment right there shows me that you more hip hop than most a deze people commenting (white or black). Props 2U my brutha!!!

      • Militant

        If he’s more hip hop than most, then tell him to answer this question: who had the very first explicit rap record ? If you or him can answer that, then I’ll give you both props

      • TEE TWIN CITY

        2 live crew nasty as they wanna be

      • Militant

        Sorry, but that answer is incorrect.

  • Carlos

    i see allhiphop gettin that payola now.

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  • Opposite Of Everyone

    having heard the 2 singles off of his new ish, i’m sayin he’s clearly lost the edge that neptunes gave him during his last incarnation. suit n tie’s meh, but the other track is straight bubblegum pop.

  • Militant

    It hilarious to see some of these niggas on here saying who is and who isn’t hip hop. One cat on here even goes as far as to say, Timberlake is stealing black music, not knowing the whole album was produced by Timbaland (who by the way, happens to be black) I pose this question to the so called hip hop heads. Back in the day, was LL Cool J selling out when Rick Rubin (who happens to be white) produced the Radio album ? Was Rick Rubin trying to be black ? Run-Dmc’s biggest song “Walk This Way” was spawned off a song by a white group. M.O.P. “Cold As Ice” was a sampled from a white group. So is it not hip hop ? How can some of you niggas even question who’s real and who’s not ? I’m black, but I support all good music regardless of the color. I’ll listen to Beastie Boys, 3rd Bass, Everlast, Eminem anyday over your Gucci Manes, Wakas, Trinadad Jamesl. Some of you so called hip hop heads ignore the Mos Defs, X-clans, Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles, etc. First things you wack niggas say is “They’re old and you don’t want to hear it. If you ask me, Justin Timberlake is more hip hop and has more soul than a couple of you weak niggas on here commenting.

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