Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z – Suit & Tie (Lyric Video)

Just in time for the release of the first trailer for the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, in which JT doesn’t even have a line (fist pump!), Justin Timberlake releases the Lyric Video for, his proper comeback single after a 6-year hiatus, Suit & Tie, which will be included on his new album The 20/20 Experience, to be released on March 19th.

The video, directed by Laban Pheidias — skateboarder turned lyric video director — who has worked for the likes of Matchbox Twenty (She’s so Mean [Lyric MV] and Alicia Keys (New Day [Lyric MV], Not Even the King [Lyric MV] and Girl on Fire [Lyric MV]) for The Uprising Creative — shows Timberlake being all class and swag in his Tom Ford getup.

I really, really hate the first 30 seconds of the song for the combination of lyrics (even more highlighted by this lyric video) and amount of repetition, but then Suit & Tie swiftly shifts the groove. Lyrics aren’t all that better, but at least it plays with Timberlake’s stronger rhythm attributes. Jay-Z’s rap does nothing for me, though.

Lyric videos, emphasizing stupid lyrics since… what? 2009?

I think Pheidias is onto something, he might have gotten the gist of making a music video. I have a feeling this would have worked better without the lyrics on screen.


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

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