The video, which was directed by Kendrick Lamar collaborator Dave Meyers, follows the singer as he watches footage of anti-Trump protests and Harvey Weinstein, before stepping outside to save Baby Driver actress Eiza González Reyna from a group of cult-like men.
Pharrell shows up later, unsurprisingly, as he’s worked closely with Timberlake on his upcoming album, ‘Man of the Woods’.
The album, due for release on 2 February, includes production from the Neptunes (Pharrell and Chad Hugo), and marks the first time Timberlake and Pharrell have worked together since Justin’s 2002 debut ‘Justified‘.
The 16-year break in the pair’s collaboration was recently revealed to be a result of Clipse’s troubles with Jive Records. Clipse – the duo Pusha T and Malice – were signed to the Neptunes’ Star Trak Entertainment label, but restructuring in 2004 left them on Jive records. Clipse sued Jive to get out of their contract to join Star Trak, now at Interscope.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Justin said: “Clipse was signed to Jive Records, which I was signed to. I don’t know what went on with their deal, but I do remember that Pharrell was very adamant about getting them out of the deal. So it became—from my understanding, you know—it became challenging for him to work with any Jive artist at that point.”
He continued: “If I’m being totally honest about it I was extremely hurt being caught up in the middle of it.”