It all worked out in the end! Pharrell Williams revealed in a the latest episode of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs," which was released Dec. 19, that the majority of tunes on Justin Timberlake's hit solo debut record, Justified, were originally meant for Michael Jackson.
"You hit me and said, 'Yo, I just sent Michael Jackson some beats!'," N.O.R.E. recalled while chatting with Pharrell. "You said to me, 'He told me, "NOPE! I don't think N.O.R.E. would rhyme on that. I was like, 'My life is done!'"
Pharrell elaborated on the tale. "John McClain was his manager at the time. We sent him pretty much all the stuff you guys are hearing on the first Justified album -- that's all Michael stuff," the performer, songwriter and record producer revealed. "All but one song, they were written for Michael."