“4 Minutes” is a song by American singer and songwriter Madonna from her eleventh studio album Hard Candy (2008), featuring vocals by American singers Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. It was released as the lead single from the album on March 17, 2008, by Warner Bros. Records. According to Madonna, the song is about saving the environment and “hav[ing] a good time while we are doing it”.
The song was recorded at Sarm West Studios, in London, while the mixing of the track was finished at The Hit Factory studio, in Miami. Sound engineer Demo Castellon first worked on the vocals and then on the beats, while the synths were composed by Timbaland and Danja. An uptempo dance-pop song with an urban and hip hop style, “4 Minutes” incorporates Timbaland’s characteristic bhangra beats and the instrumentation used in the song includes brass, foghorns and cowbells. The song’s lyrics carry a message of social awareness, inspired by Madonna’s visit to Africa and the human suffering she witnessed in the continent.