Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" Reminds Us Why We've Missed Him So Much
Six years is a long time for a musician to be absent from the field.
Unless you've reach "legendary" status, making a comeback after such a long period of dormancy is nearly impossible. With that said, Justin Timberlake's last album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds, is one of the greatest R&B albums of the last generation. Perhaps the now married, 31-year-old crooner-turned-actor felt that he didn't need to release any new music after putting out such an incredible album.
But a lot has changed in the world since he left. Things were very different in 2006: Twitter had just got off the ground, the iPhone didn't even exist, the term "swag" hadn't been abused into oblivion, George "Dubya" Bush was still in office, Lindsay Lohan was making seven million dollars a movie, and Lady Gaga wasn't even a thought.
["Suit and Tie"] feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.
Now, EDM has a profound influence on pop music, and hip-hop's mostly dominated by a young, rambunctious crowd. It's a this curious time Justin Timberlake has decided to return to the music world. With much hype circling the release, Timberlake's first single in years, "Suit and Tie", featuring the legendary Jay-Z, feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.
When I first hit play, I was nervous when I heard slowed down introduction of the song. I felt that JT was trying to cash in on the current sound that artists like A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and others have capitalized on over the last few years. But then the song kicked in.