There's a valley of knobs and red, green and yellow dots of light, a bank of speakers, a recordable CD on which someone has written "' NSucks" and a slew of Aeron chairs, but the whole room is probably smaller than your bedroom if you live with your parents.To the right is producer Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes – who has worked with Jay-Z, Mystikal and Ol' Dirty Bastard – leaning back in a white Polo shirt with a pink Ralph Lauren logo."I think my girl is fine," he says without arrogance, just pride, a blond goatee barely visible against his manila-colored skin. She's as down-home as she was before she got into this. "When we get together, that's just my girl, and I love her, and that's it.
(Lance Bass and JC Chasez will show up in a few hours to contribute their vocals, and Joey Fatone will come in tomorrow.) Justin's dinner, a small Denny's chicken-fried steak with runny cheese eggs and something resembling mashed potatoes, is waiting nearby.
He's restless, driven, polite and pleasant – especially pleasant, positive and encouraging when coaching Chris on his vocals.
He's not a goody-goody, though he calls his mom his best friend.
"There's nothing in this world that I've done that my mother does not know about," he says.
He spontaneously launches into songs by Bill Withers or Missy Elliott, or paeans to his grandmother's cooking.