Liam Payne’s first solo material has landed.
“Little Song I wrote for fun yesterday,” the One Direction singer captioned an Instagram video of himself on Saturday. The 15-second snippet — in which he serves a little Justin Timberlake realness with a fresh buzzcut — is more R&B-influenced than the tracks he’s written for 1D, and sees him sing-rapping in a style not unlike Drake’s.
The track is likely the result of Payne’s recent studio sessions with rapper-producers Juicy J and TM88, the latter of hip-hop production team 808 Mafia. Though now back in the U.K., Payne was recording in Los Angeles last week, with Juicy J teasing snippets of their studio time on his Snapchat.
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This isn’t the first time that Payne and Juicy have worked together: They were first spotted in the studio this time last year, when Juicy Instagrammed a photo of the two of them with the caption “We working!” Though the rapper would go on to speak positively of Payne’s songwriting skills in interviews, their collaboration never bore tangible fruit until now, perhaps because Payne was busy working on One Direction’s fifth and final record in advance of the band’s hiatus.
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In mid-December, Juicy tweeted in response to a fan that his work with Payne would be “coming soon”; a few weeks later, we have our first tease. It’s unclear whether the song will feature on an upcoming solo album of Payne’s, or whether it will appear on a Juicy record (he’s set to release a studio album sometime this year); either way, one would have to assume that we won’t see the track hit iTunes until One Direction has finished promoting Made in the A.M.