James Fauntleroy

James Edward Fauntleroy II is an American singer, songwriter and record producer from Inglewood, California. He is best known for featuring on tracks by high-profile artists such as Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, Vince Staples and Big Sean as well as writing songs for artists including Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. In 2014 and 2018, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

James Fauntleroy
Birth nameJames Edward Fauntleroy II
BornMay 16, 1984 (age 34)
OriginInglewood, California, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • percussion
Years active2006–present
LabelsRoc Nation, Reservoir[1]
Associated acts

Musical career

In 2009, James Fauntleroy co-wrote six tracks from Rihanna's fourth album Rated R (2009).[2]

In 2011, Fauntleroy provided vocals for five songs on Common's The Dreamer/The Believer album. He appeared on "Dreamer (feat. Maya Angelou)," "Gold," "Cloth," "Celebrate," and "Windows." In 2012, he contributed vocals to Kanye West's first G.O.O.D. Music collaborative album, Cruel Summer. He appears on "Clique," "Higher," "Sin City," and "The One." [3]

In 2013, Fauntleroy also made high-profile appearances on Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce", Nipsey Hussle's Crenshaw, Travis Scott's Owl Pharaoh, J. Cole's Born Sinner and Big Sean's Hall of Fame.[4][5][6][7][8] He also contributed writing and additional vocals to New Kids on the Block's 10 (2013) and Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013).[9] Fauntleroy also performed at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards.[10] On November 15, 2013, Timbaland released "Know Bout Me", the first single from his album Textbook Timbo featuring Fauntleroy, Drake and Jay-Z. However, Timbaland looks to have shelved the project for the time being, instead focusing on his new album Opera Noir.[11][12] He also co-wrote every song on Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (2013) and twelve further tracks on the follow-up The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013).[2][13]

In 2014, Fauntleroy won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for co-writing "Pusher Love Girl", for Justin Timberlake's highly successful third studio album The 20/20 Experience (2013).[14]

In 2015, Fauntleroy wrote on 4 tracks on Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti and appeared on Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp a Butterfly, which was nominated for Album of the Year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[15]

In 2016, Fauntleroy co-wrote 7 tracks on Bruno Mars' third studio album 24K Magic.


The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. Considered the highest music honor, the awards were established in 1958. James Fauntleroy has won 4 awards out of 5 nominations.[16]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Pusher Love Girl" (As a songwriter) Best R&B Song Won
2015 To Pimp a Butterfly (featured artist) Album of the Year Nominated
2018 "That's What I Like" (As a songwriter) Song of the Year Won
Best R&B Song Won
"24K Magic" (As a songwriter) Album of the Year Won


  1. ^ https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/i-just-wanted-a-job-a-car-and-a-cell-phone/
  2. ^ a b "Check The Credits: Songwriter James Fauntleroy II On Writing Hits For Rihanna, Jordin Sparks, Justin Timberlake & More | Life+Times". Lifeandtimes.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  3. ^ "G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  4. ^ "Drake Releases James Fauntleroy-Assisted, 'Girls Love Beyonce': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  5. ^ "New Song: Drake Featuring James Fauntleroy, 'Girls Love Beyonce' (NSFW)". Buzzworthy.mtv.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  6. ^ ""Born Sinner" f/ James Fauntleroy — 30 Second Reviews: First Impressions of J. Cole's "Born Sinner"". Complex. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  7. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-10-08). "Nipsey Hussle "Crenshaw" Release Date, Cover Art, Tracklisting, Stream | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  8. ^ Jamshed, Zahra. "Big Sean – Hall Of Fame (Tracklist)". Hypetrak. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  9. ^ "James Fauntleroy | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  10. ^ "He Got Soul: James Fauntleroy | Soul Train Awards | Shows". BET. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  11. ^ "Listen: Timbaland Teams Up With Drake, Jay Z and James Fauntleroy on "Know Bout Me" | News". Pitchfork. 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  12. ^ Helman, Peter (2013-11-15). "Timbaland – "Know Bout Me" (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy)". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  13. ^ "Terrace Martin, James Fauntleroy, and Robert Glasper Team for Touching 'No Wrong, No Right' | SPIN | SPIN Mix | Premieres". SPIN. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
  14. ^ "Grammys 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners". LA Times. 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2015-08-16.
  15. ^ "58th Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  16. ^ "James Fauntleroy". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2018-03-13.

External links

Cabaret (Justin Timberlake song)

"Cabaret" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for his fourth studio album, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013). Featuring a rap verse by Canadian rapper Drake, the song was written and produced by Timberlake, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and Daniel Jones, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy and Drake. "Cabaret" is a pop and soul song which features beatboxing, handclapping, guitars and keyboards in its composition. Music critics noted its similarity to Timbaland's earlier works with singer Aaliyah and Timberlake's 2006 single "My Love". Lyrically, it finds the singer comparing his love to a burlesque and features sexually oriented lyrics.

"Cabaret" received generally positive reviews from contemporary critics who praised Timbaland's production as well as Drake's rap verse on the song. As a result of the strong digital downloads following the release of the album, the track debuted on the charts in South Korea and the United States. It peaked at number 18 on the US R&B Songs chart and number 50 on the South Korean Gaon Chart, selling over 3,800 digital copies for the week in the latter country. Timberlake included "Cabaret" on the set list of his fourth worldwide concert tour entitled The 20/20 Experience World Tour (2013-2014).

Clique (song)

"Clique" is a song by American rappers Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Big Sean. The song serves as the fourth single from the album Cruel Summer (2012), a collaboration between members of West's label GOOD Music. The song's production was handled by Hit-Boy and West. "Clique" was released as a single to the iTunes Store on September 7, 2012. Additional vocals on the song are provided by American R&B singer James Fauntleroy II, who performs the song's introduction. It was among the Award Winning R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at the 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and Award Winning Songs at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Cold Case Love

"Cold Case Love" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written and produced by The Y's (Justin Timberlake, Robin Tadross and James Fauntleroy II). Following Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna, she started working on the sound of her new album. Timberlake who co-wrote "Cold Case Love" labeled the sound of Rihanna's new project as a step forward for the singer. In February 2010, Rihanna admitted that the song's lyrics are about her complicated relationship with Brown.

An R&B song, "Cold Case Love" has an instrumentation infused with a simple piano pattern, thumping bassline, violin and viola strings and electric guitar licks. Lyrically, it is a "melancholic and mature farewell" to a failed relationship. "Cold Case Love" received acclaim from contemporary music critics who labeled the song as a highlight on Rated R and additionally praised Rihanna's vocals. The singer performed the song on her 2013 worldwide concert tour, Diamonds World Tour, in a medley with "Take a Bow" and "Hate That I Love You".

Desperado (Rihanna song)

"Desperado" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016). It was written and produced by Mick Schultz with additional writing by Krystin "Rook Monroe" Watkins, Rihanna, James Fauntleroy and Derrus Rachel.

During the recording process of Anti, Rihanna rented a house in Malibu over several months and started extensively writing and composing music with her team consisting of various musicians. One of the songwriters in the house was Krystin "Rook Monroe" Watkins. He together with American producer Mick Schultz worked on the song. Their efforts resulted in mid-tempo song feature deep synths and vocal samples.

Following the album's release "Desperado" was met with positive reviews who praised the song for its Western themes. On June 9, 2017, a dance remixes extended play was released via the iTunes Store for digital download and streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. It topped the US Dance Club Songs chart, becoming her fifth to do so in 2017; Rihanna became the only act to score as many number ones within a year. "Desperado" also became her seventh from Anti, the second only album to have produced as many, and her thirty second single in total.

Don't Hold the Wall

"Don't Hold the Wall" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (2013). It was written and produced by Timberlake, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy.

Einstein (song)

"Einstein" is a song by American recording artist Kelly Clarkson, from her fifth studio album, Stronger (2011). Originally titled as "Dumb + Dumb = You", "Einstein" was written by Clarkson, Toby Gad, Bridget Kelly, and James Fauntleroy II, with Gad handling the production. Lyrically, the song is written in a woman's first-person narrative about her acquiescence and infuriation towards her ex-lover, whom she described in the song as "dumb". Written in wordplay, it uses various mathematical-related equations and topics as rhetorical devices to describe their relationship, notably referencing the German-born physicist Albert Einstein in a metaphorical lyric, which led to the song being named after him.

Upon its release, "Einstein" received mixed reviews from music critics, whose criticism targeted the song's lyrical content, primarily the lyric "Dumb plus dumb equals you", but also complimented Clarkson's vocal performance. Propelled by digital sales during the album's release week, "Einstein" charted at number 56 in the South Korean Singles Chart. She has performed the song in select dates of her Stronger Tour.

Higher (Rihanna song)

"Higher" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016).

I Don't Need It

"I Don't Need It" is a song performed by R&B singer Jamie Foxx from his third studio album, Intuition. It features instrumental beats and additional vocals by Timbaland. The song was released as a radio-only single in May 2009.

Know Bout Me

"Know Bout Me" is the lead single from American producer and rapper Timbaland's upcoming fourth studio album, Opera Noir. The song features vocals from Jay Z, Drake and James Fauntleroy. It was released via digital download on November 21, 2013 in the United States.

Let the Groove Get In

"Let the Groove Get In" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (2013). It was written and produced by Timberlake, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy. A latin song, "Let the Groove Get In" contains sample from the recording "Alhamdulillaahi" part of the release Explore Series: Africa-Burkina Faso: Rhythms of the Grasslands (2002). Music critics received the song well and noticed a similarity between it and the works of Michael Jackson in particular his 1983 single "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". Following the release of The 20/20 Experience, it debuted at number 31 on the South Korea International Chart and at number nine on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

List of songs recorded by Justin Timberlake

American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake has written and recorded material for his five studio albums. Timberlake released his solo debut studio album, Justified, in November 2002. Most of the record was produced by The Neptunes, with additional collaborators including Brian McKnight, Scott Storch, Timbaland, and The Underdogs. "Like I Love You", written by Timberlake, Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. "Cry Me a River", produced by Timbaland, is a R&B song about a brokenhearted man who moves on from his past. A Rolling Stone reviewer called the song a "breakup aria." Timberlake, Hugo and Williams also wrote "Rock Your Body" and "Señorita".

His second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, was released in September 2006. It infuses R&B and pop with techno, funk, and elements of rock, the last being the genre that was the main inspiration of Timberlake during the album's recording. The electro R&B song "SexyBack", is built around a pounding bass beat, electronic chords, and beat box sounds. Andrew Murfett of The Age wrote that the song was a "raunchy club banger that slyly suppresses" Timberlake's customary falsetto. "My Love" is a synthpop-influenced, R&B and hip hop song. "What Goes Around... Comes Around", is a pop-R&B song performed in a slow manner and was described by some music critics as a "sequel" to his 2002 song "Cry Me a River". "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows" is an R&B and art rock song that contains sexually suggestive lyrics and includes "human beatbox sounds" in its composition. Rolling Stone described the song as "flowing from hip-hop bump-and-grind to an ambient wash of Interpol-inspired guitar drone." Timberlake co-wrote and appeared as a featured vocalist on several songs, including "Give It to Me" with Timbaland, "Ayo Technology" with 50 Cent, "4 Minutes" with Madonna and "Dead and Gone" with T.I..

In March 2013, after a seven-year hiatus from his solo music career, Timberlake released his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience. The record incorporates neo soul styles with elements of older rock and soul music; its lyrics discuss themes of romance and sex. As a songwriter, Timberlake mainly collaborated with Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and James Fauntleroy, and co-produced the tracks along with Timbaland and Harmon. "Suit & Tie", is a mid-tempo R&B song, that incorporates a "slow-drawl" consisting of slowed down synths and "slightly out of time" drum claps, similar to the Chopped and Screwed. "Mirrors", is a progressive pop and R&B track, lyrically a love song about person's other half. Timberlake stated that was inspired by the marriage of his grandparents. "Let the Groove Get In" is a dance and pop song accompanied by canned horns, propulsive percussion and Timberlake's harmonized voice over a pop arrangement. In September 2013, Timberlake released the second half of the project, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. It included the pop ballad "Not a Bad Thing" and the gospel-blues "Drink You Away". Timberlake also appeared on the songs "Love Never Felt So Good" from Xscape and "Holy Grail" from Magna Carta Holy Grail. For the disco-pop song "Can't Stop the Feeling!", Timberlake collaborated in the songwriting and production with Max Martin and Shellback. The production of his fifth studio album Man of the Woods (2018) was handled by Timberlake, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Danja, and Rob Knox.

This list shows the title, year, other performers, and writers for each song which Timberlake has recorded during his solo career, outside the band NSYNC.

Part II (On the Run)

"Part II (On the Run)" is a song recorded by American rapper Jay-Z from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail (2013) featuring American singer and wife Beyoncé. The song was written by Jay-Z, James Fauntleroy, Timbaland, and J-Roc while the production was handled by the latter two. It is viewed as a sequel to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's 2002 collaboration "'03 Bonnie & Clyde", a song which was rumored to be about their relationship. "Part II (On the Run)" is a slow-tempo Electro-R&B ballad instrumentally complete with synths and drums, and its lyrics refer to a rebellious couple in love and describe their dangerous relationship.

The song charted at numbers 93 and 81 on the UK Singles Chart and US Billboard Hot 100 respectively based on downloads alone, following the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail. It was sent to U.S. contemporary hit radio stations as the third single to be released from the album on February 18, 2014.

SoulMate (Justin Timberlake song)

"SoulMate" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. Described as contender for "song of the summer", it was written and produced by Canadian producer Nineteen85 with an additional writing from James Fauntleroy, Timberlake, Brian Casey, Gary Smith, Bert Young and Brandon Casey. Its release coincided with the summer leg of The Man of the Woods Tour.

Superhuman (song)

"Superhuman" is the second single released by Chris Brown from the album Exclusive: The Forever Edition, and the sixth and final single overall off Exclusive. The song features Keri Hilson.

Take You Down

"Take You Down" is a song recorded by American recording artist Chris Brown for his second studio album, Exclusive (2007). The song was written by Brown, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas, Steve Russell, James Fauntleroy and Lamar Edwards, while production was helmed by Edwards and The Underdogs. The song was released as the album's fourth single on April 6, 2008 in the United States. "Take You Down" is composed as slow R&B ballad with the lyrics base on sexual intercourse. The song garnered Brown a Grammy nomination in the category Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

"Take You Down" received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics; some noted it as one of the album's highlights while others deemed it of lesser quality R&B songs. "Take You Down" performed moderately in the United States, reaching number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at number seven in New Zealand and in the lower region of the UK Singles Chart. The music video for "Take You Down" is a recorded concert performance of Brown on tour.

The One (GOOD Music song)

"The One" is a song by recording artists Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Marsha Ambrosius from the 2012 GOOD Music album Cruel Summer. The song features additional vocals from James Fauntleroy II. It samples "Public Enemy No. 1" by Public Enemy and "Double Barrel" by Dave & Ansel Collins. West pays lyrical reference to Scott Disick.

These Walls (Kendrick Lamar song)

"These Walls" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on October 13, 2015, as the fifth and final single from his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015). The track was written by Kendrick Lamar, Terrace Martin, Larrance Dopson, James Fauntleroy and Rose McKinney. It won Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 15 February 2016.

Wait Your Turn

"Wait Your Turn" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Saul Milton, Will Kennard, James Fauntleroy II, Takura Tendayi, and Rihanna herself. Stargate (Eriksen and Hermansen) and Chase & Status (Milton and Kennard) produced the song. "Wait Your Turn" was released on November 13, 2009 as the second international and third overall single from Rated R.

Upon the release of Rated R, some critics noted the diverse musical variety on the album, whilst others commented on the heavy influence of dubstep on the song. "Wait Your Turn" peaked inside the top twenty on the UK R&B Chart. The song failed to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making this Rihanna's second single that failed to reach that chart ("We Ride"). The song was performed live as part of a medley with "Hard" at the 2009 American Music Awards and on Good Morning America, along with "Russian Roulette" and "Umbrella". The song was also included on the set list of the Last Girl on Earth Tour (2010–11). As part of promotion for the release of Rated R, a music video was directed by Rihanna's longtime collaborator Anthony Mandler. A remix of the song features American rapper, and a member of Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz.

Winner (Jamie Foxx song)

"Winner" is the first single from American singer/actor Jamie Foxx's fourth studio album Best Night of My Life, released for digital download on April 6, 2010 through J Records. It features American singer Justin Timberlake and rapper T.I.. Foxx told George Lopez about Timberlake's contribution: "I got him on the track—'cause he wasn't gonna get on the track—I just literally said, 'Man, my people suffered for 500 years. You owe me this.'" It was also the official theme song of the 2010 NBA Playoffs for NBA on TNT and NBA TV.


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