Justin Timberlake Engages In A Little Bait-And-Switch (For Charity)

Nov 18th, 2008 // 2 Comments

ARTIST: Justin Timberlake feat. Esmée Denters
TITLE: “Follow My Lead”
WEB DEBUT: Nov. 18, 2008

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: It’s hard to begrudge Justin Timberlake’s efforts to sell “Follow My Lead,” since the proceeds from the track do, after all, go to a pretty worthy cause. But really, the credits should be flipped: The dominant presence on the song isn’t Timberlake but his YouTube-groomed protege Esmée Denters, whose sorta-nasal voice powers through the somewhat generic pop ably enough. Timberlake’s contribution is pretty much reduced to a rap (!), some backing vocals on the chorus, and a few “yeah”s here and there, which I suppose is proof that he’s learned at least one trick from his mentor Timbaland. (Just don’t go asking Mark Arm about producing a solo album for him, OK, Justin? I need at least one of my grunge-era heroes to retain his dignity in this dark time.)

WHERE TO FIND IT: JT’s MySpace page. (But not Denters’, for whatever reason.)

  1. phaballa

    I’m pretty sure this song is credited to Esmee Denters ft. Justin Timberlake, and not the other way around. At least, that’s how they promoted it on TRL on Sunday.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @phaballa: that’s not how it’s credited on myspace. or in any of the press releases i’ve seen…

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