Riff: Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Jan 8, 2018

Look, put your filthy hands all over me/Ya know this ain’t the clean version/And what you gonna do with all that beast?/When I leave the cage open

from Filthy lyrics by Justin Timberlake

After a long hiatus, JT makes a triumphant return to the main stage; fully embracing his pop roots. He reunites with Timbaland and Danja who meticulously craft a futuristic beat for him to let loose over. It’s all about the groove, and JT ensures its marketability by keeping the lyrics lighthearted and fun. There’s still a saucy nature to it that’ll make it a club hit, which is a proper place for him to begin his comeback. His girl is being tentative, but he wants her to let loose and put her filthy hands all over him. The affair lasts all night, and he wants to keep the memory alive by immortalizing it in song. A proper return that fuses both past and present trends.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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