"Filthy" – Justin Timberlake [YouTube Music Video]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published January 5, 2018

Justin Timberlake still has the moves, and in his latest music video "Filthy" he shows them off in style. Watch it above.

"Filthy" is a return to Timberlake's revolutionary 2006 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, which combined pop/R&B with electro-funk and hip-hop in ways that had never been heard before.  This song was produced with the same team who crafted that sound, Timbaland and Danja.  Dirty synths and hard grooves come together for a fun dance track, and the video suits the futuristic vibe of the music.

The video portrays Timberlake as a Steve Jobs-esque tech executive, complete with a black turtleneck and glasses.  He presents a dancing robot to a captivated audience who can seemingly do everything a human can do and more, from sick dance moves to smoking bongs and getting freaky.   As the performance goes on, we see J.T. dancing in the wings until the final moments when the perceptions of what is real and fake are turned on their head.

In the lyrics, Timberlake plays with that theme in the hook, singing "All my haters gon' say it's fake / So real." It's also worth noting that he references Snoop Dogg's “Gin and Juice” by calling out the people who "ain’t leavin' till six in the mornin'" and he also references Jay-Z's line "I guess I got my swagger back" which was rapped on 2001's "All I Need" as well as 2011's "Otis." 

"Filthy" is the first single off Timberlake's upcoming album, Man in the Woods, set to arrive February 2, 2018. Check it out on Amazon

Two days after the album release, Timberlake will be headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show. For the latest music, news, and tour dates, check out Justin Timberlake's Zumic Artist page.

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