The Way I See It: Justin Timberlake ft. Jay-Z- Suit & Tie
Posted by A on January 14, 2013
teen-hearthrob and failed Myspace investor Justin Timberlake delivered a new single in the form of “Suit & Tie” that’s had the internet in a fit. While some have praised the song as Justin’s “come-back” single after a six year hiatus, I don’t like the ensemble. In fact, you couldn’t pay me to wear it.
The “marimba rolls” and “harp glissandos” are ill-fitting, failing to lend themselves to a sound that needed to inspire. The suit doesn’t fit, even though he enlisted the help of his personal tailor, who’s production on the single sounded like it was stuck somewhere on a 2006 Windows XP hard drive. He should have donned a double breasted suit with a tasteful pocket square, not a zoot suit. Timbaland’s measurements were off.
Jay-Z’s contribution to the song isn’t strong enough to save it, as his mailed-in verse shows up debaucherous at the end of the party in a dishevelled tuxedo and tennis shoes. He musters enough energy to rap, “All black at the white shows. White shoes at the black shows. Green card for the Cuban linx. Y’all sit back and enjoy the light show.” Go home Jay-Z, you’re drunk.
If Justin Timberlake is going to capture our hearts as he did almost a decade ago, he’ll need to fire his current tailor, invite new acquaintances to the party, and update his wardrobe.