Trolls World Tour is coming out in April. If there’s already one compliment we can pay to the animated sequel, it’s that the makers of it were wise enough to include a collaboration between Justin Timberlake and SZA. The two artists joined creative forces for “The Other Side,” and to the surprise of no one, the song is a joyful slice of poppy funkiness. 

The Other Side Music Video

There’s a bit of a throwback vibe going on in director Daniel Russell’s music video. How often do we see the fisheye lens in music videos anymore? Not as much as we did in the ‘90s, but what a pleasant sight of JT and SZA together in that shot, kneeling in front of the wide-eyed camera. There’s elements of sci-fi, too, with SZA looking like a space goddess. Not that it takes a whole lot of work for the artist to achieve that grand look. 

Timberlake co-wrote the song with Sarah Aarons. The song was produced Ludwig Göransson, known most famously for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.” On the last Trolls movie, the artist put out a massive hit with “Can’t Stop the Feelin’.” It’s still on the radio every day, every night. Nobody’s complaining. It’s a delightful feel-good song. On the soundtrack for the sequel, Timberlake will dabble in classic, funk, pop, country, and rock. 

A Power Duo

Director Daniel Russell and his crew did an exceptional job fusing disco and sci-fi in the music video. There’s a striking contrast between the past and the future. SZA rocks the house with her disco and future wardrobes, making for some spectacular imagery of the artist. For a long time now, Timberlake has been a fan of SZA, most famous for “All the Stars” and her hair-raising debut album, “Ctrl.” 

In a statement accompanying the video, Timberlake had nothing but love for his partner on the song:

I’ve been a fan of SZA for a long time… as a singer, as a songwriter, as a performer, as an artist. When we started working on The Other Side, it was clear that her voice and vision were exactly what the song needed, and I’m HONORED to have collaborated with her on this. Hopefully more to come on some R&B SET THE MOOD RIGHT VIBE… I’m really proud of this one and the message it represents. Turn it up, share it, and go tell SZA she’s a 🦄💎 

SZA added: 

“I was so thrilled to be invited to participate in this project with Justin. The creative process of working with him and the team was filled with such excitement. It’s an energy you can feel in both the song and music video. I can’t wait for people to check it out.”

As Timberlake said, hopefully there’s more to come between these two. Their voices are so gracefully intertwined on the song. What a treat to the ears “The Other Side” is. 

What’s Next for SZA?

It’s been almost three years since SZA’s debut solo album, full of soul and enchanting lyricism. “Drew Barrymore,” in particular, is nothing but soothing. The flow is perfect, as are most of the tracks on “Ctrl.” Last year, SZA confirmed new music was coming. She said maybe not an album, but new music.

What’s Next for Timberlake?

Besides the soundtrack for Trolls World Tour, we shouldn’t expect much solo music from Timberlake anytime soon. Not long ago, he wrapped up his tour for “Man in the Woods,” which was an uneven album but not without its glory moments, like “Say Something.” On the acting front, we’ll see Timberlake’s charisma again in a drama called Palmer. As an actor, Timberlake hasn’t quite followed up on his promise that he showed in The Social Network, but considering the guy has more talent in his pinky toe than most people living and breathing on the planet, he will.