Did Justin Timberlake diss Kanye West in response to Kanye’s diss of ‘Suit & Tie’?

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A few weeks ago, Kanye West went on a tirade during one of his concerts, and his targets were many but included Grammys and the corporate nature of the music industry (even though this is the guy who is blind enough about his own role in the machine that he wore a $30,000 outfit to Occupy Wall Street). In addition, Kanye took aim at Justin Timberlake’s latest single, “Suit & Tie” by ranting, “I got love for Hov but I ain’t f–king with that ‘Suit & Tie’.” Then he went on to shout, “I hate business people. How much shampoo can you sell with your face on it and sh-t? Remind me again why we in this sh-t. Can you remind me again why we in this sh-t? Since when [is] making music about getting rich? Since when [is] making art about getting rich?… Remind me again why we in this sh-t. Remind me again why the Grammys couldn’t suck my d-ck.

Kanye’s rant went largely unnoticed by the gossip world until Timberlake decided to use his performance time on this past weekend’s “SNL” episode to respond to Kanye. JT actually modified the lyrics “Suit & Tie” to suit his own purpose of dissing Kanye right back, and here is how he did it:

Kanye West

Justin Timberlake picked the perfect moment to slam Kanye West, who dissed his album’s lead single, “Suit & Tie,” during a February concert in London. During Timberlake’s live performance with Jay-Z on Saturday Night Live March 9, the singer changed the lyrics from “Aww, sh-t so sick, got a hit and picked up a habit” to “my hit’s so sick, got rappers acting dramatic.”

West, 35, trashed Timberlake’s track on stage at the Hammersmith Apollo. “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f-cking with that ‘Suit & Tie,’” the outspoken rapper told the crowd during a three-minute rant about the commercialism of popular music.

The dis came as a surprise to fans, given that Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend frequently collaborates with Jay-Z. The hip-hop heavyweights even released a joint album, Watch the Throne, in August 2011. West was recently ranked No. 7 on MTV’s Hottest MCs list.

While West may not be a fan of “Suit & Tie,” former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass can’t get enough of Timberlake’s mid-tempo jam. “I think it’s something that no one expected him to do,” Bass told Us Weekly in January. “I think everyone was expecting him to do a crazy [dance track], but he went back to his roots and I like it. It’s very nice!”

[From Us Weekly]

I already included a video clip of JT’s performance of “Suit & Tie” on this morning’s “SNL” post, but here it is again. Since Kanye and Jay-Z are such close buddies, I wonder what Jay (as a performer in this video) thought of Justin’s modified lyrics.

You know, it would be one thing if he were merely criticizing the quality of “Suit & Tie,” which is a pretty atrocious song, but Kanye is merely (I think) criticizing what he perceives as the manufactured nature of the song. Never mind that Kanye has no problem with dating and knocking up Kim Kardashian, who is the ultimate commodity of reality television these days, but that’s beside the point I guess.

Kanye West

Justin Timberlake

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  1. lune says:

    Yes and I hope kanye responds. Nothing makes me more happy then two douches feuding. We all win.

    • Samtha says:

      That was my first thought too–douchebag vs. douchebag.

    • BB says:

      I agree with you. Kanye’s reference to “suit & tie” was a metaphor to “business people.” Kanye then proceeded to talk about the music business. I think that totally went over people’s head. I like Justin’s music, however, I don’t like this song. When the song first came out, a lot of people did not like it.

      • V4Real says:

        Why some may take what Kanye said as a metaphor to the business world and not a strike at JT, I’m not buying it. Knowing what a douche Kanye is; he was definetely going after JT. If he wasn’t he would have not only said no disrespect to Hov but also no disrepect to you JT.

        Kanye has been in this business long enough to know what JT is actually saying when he is singing suit and tie. JT is not talking about suit and ties in the work sense. He is talking about when a man gets dressed to the T to go out and have a good time, knowing he looks good and feeling confident about the way he looks. Hence the lyrics ” As long as I got my suit and time, I’ma leave it all on the floor tonight.”

        Kanye West is just being his usual self which is an A-hole. He’s done it before. Note he wasn’t complaining about Grammys when he was winning the awards.

  2. Buckwild says:

    This whining about commercialism when him and Kim wear hideous outfits made of leather and buy $$$$ gold bracelets every second day. Does he ever take a good look in the mirror and choke on his own hypocritical BS? *shakes head

  3. apsutter says:

    Well Kanye was right, that song is completely mediocre but everyone is too busy kissing JT’s ass and telling him how great it is and blowing smoke up his ass.

  4. Lizzie says:

    Suit and Tie has been stuck in my head for weeks. I don’t even like it that much, but it’s kinda hypnotic. lol.

  5. Leen says:

    Dude, you’re dating Kim Kardashian.

  6. Jeje31 says:

    I feel like he is trying to do the Robin Thicke thing. Nothing ever seems authentic with him and FYI the song sucks.

  7. Lisa says:

    Kanye’s full of shit. Nothing is more manufactured than Kardashian. Way to be self aware.

  8. Susie Q says:

    Suit and Tie isn’t a very good song and both Kanye and Justin are so so performers with inflated egos. They both think they’re way better than what they actually are.

  9. Kimbob says:

    ‘Can you remind me again why we in this s__t?’ O RLY, Kanye?

    Considering he’s in bed w/the Kartrashians, I’d say he’s the #1 OFFENDER of “this s__t!”

    He really needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror and make a vow to never lie to himself. He’s such a fake poser. If I never saw him again, it’d be too soon.

  10. Renato says:

    “Suit & Tie” is like some Judy Garland 1940′s horse turd.

  11. Agnes says:

    Seriously, talking about sell-outs and manufactured goods – hello, Kim. Kanye needs to stick his foot in his mouth.

  12. Arock says:

    the context of kanyes tantrum gives me the impression he’s means music business/management types, not timberlakes shitty song. But when the world revolves around you and yours, context means nothing. And remind me again how kanye is so hard core, being from the streets and all, clawing his way up with cunning and will. (Eye roll) whatever kanye, spend more time worrying about what trick you trip into, shut up, make music, and stop knocking up kardashians.

  13. Trudy says:

    I really dont like the song. I kept hoping there was another (dirty) version to it :/

  14. danielle says:

    Weird. Hes in tight with jz and beyonce, and they are super corporate. Pepsi anyone?

    • Naye in VA says:

      Thank you. The first thing that came to mind is he is bff’s with the husband of the most manufactured star next to Britney Spears. Jay-Z himself is all business. I havent heard “art” from him in about a decade. So…. sit down Kanye. And soo many people have said it, but it needs to be said again. KIM KARDASHIAN. Fail.

    • bluecalling says:

      kanye plays the game well but that does not mean he is commercial… he does his own thing and finds a way to make it successful. you can still like your friends and disagree with their work…

      i mean, come on. the guy dissed GWB and Swifty within a decade as a black rapper in america and is still standing having a good time with his girl of choice (ugh). he’s doing it his way and its working for far…

  15. Diva says:

    I agree with Kanye that the song sucks. I think he’s more pissed that his horrible “big brother” Jay Z is acting like bff’s with Justin now.

  16. RHONYC says:

    i love Justin’s SNL appearances…they are always super funny. i didn’t like the song when i first heard it on that commercial, but it is catchy. the vintage performance was dope. also liked how he didn’t sexualize the female dancers and just let the music shine through.

    that being said…i don’t think i’ll look at tofu the same way ever again. :lol:

  17. Simple Red says:

    He wasn’t on tirade or tantrum throwing, at least not this time around.. He was stating the obvious >smh

    As for big brother Jay, a man has to do what he has to do…

    As for the similarity with Robin Thicke… JT was in the industry before him

  18. bostonian says:

    Imma let y’all finish but… Lance Bass is a class act. When do you ever hear a popstar complimented by those he left behind? Normally everyone in that world is so insecure and hard up for fame that they’re willing to throw their own mother under the bus.

    But also Kanye has never really put any consideration into his relationship with Kim, right? The man is complaining about commercialism while his babymama shills her trash at Sears. Hypocrite.

  19. Sarah says:

    “I hate business people. How much shampoo can you sell with your face on it..”

    Ummmm… does this guy know who his girlfriend is? Sorry, can’t take you seriously as an “artiste” who doesn’t care about money when you are dating the biggest famewh-re I’ve ever seen in my life.

  20. E says:

    That Bud Light commercial is the WORSTTTTTT. My husband said it best on twitter recently- “Kinda want everyone involved in that “Suit & Tie” Bud Light commercial to get violent, bloody diarrhea. Then again, if they’re drinking Bud Light, there’s a good chance they will get violent, bloody diarrhea anyways.” Amen! Also, as annoying as Ye can be (cough cough, projection), he actually consistently puts out solid music (his last studio album was great, as was watch the throne even though I can’t stand hov anymore & the cruel summer collab last year has some really great tracks on it) and has surprisingly great taste in fashion. I hate that I like Kanye as much as I do….. Esp now that he knocked up a Kardashian… But for all his foot-in-mouth moments, I still love him.

    And I actually always kind of liked JT as well– until the bud light ad. It’s getting played ALL THE TIME. he did a great job as host on SNL though. He’s likable. Not as fashionable and definitely pushing the advertising too hard on this album…. Ye never really has to go that far because he actually does help push his genre of music forward & releases albums that are actually pretty great.

  21. mar says:

    I can not stand Kayne. talk about a little b itch

  22. Happy21 says:

    Ya know I think I loathe Kanye West more than I’ve ever disliked anyone in my whole entire life. I had never even heard his music the first time that he bitched and moaned about how he should have won an MTV award and then a year or two later he got up on the stage and insulted Swifty (yes, bey should have won but she didn’t). That was just over the top. He never stops opening his vile, narcissistic yap and digging himself deeper and deeper and deeper. And now he is with the person that I loathe almost as much as him.

    They need to exit stage right – stat! Ugh!

  23. Shelly says:

    Suit and Tie sucks. Kanye is right about that one.

  24. G says:

    Oh I commented on the wrong post!

    He also dropped the “get out your seat Hov” since it sounded too much like “get out your seat ho!” LOL!!

  25. Guest says:

    Robin Thicke is so much better than Timberlake.

  26. janie says:

    If Kanye had any talent, he could say something? But… Alas, he does not! So STFU & that goes for ur skanky baby momma too. P.S. I love JT, thought SNL was really funny!

  27. erika says:

    i hate him soooooo much. what a hypocrite.

    “I hate business people… Can you remind me again why we in this sh-t? Since when [is] making music about getting rich?”

    Good question Douche Rapper, remind YOURSELF again! wtf? he is the MOST vain with all his $$$ off music. and dating/bearding with KK? HYPOCRITE!

    so seriously kane, if you shaved yourself of all the real FUR coats (“Remind me why people wear that s***t, why you gotta wear that s*****t..”, buy 3 homes w/ KK, prancing around at paris fashion week….

    if you’re ‘in it for the music man and not the $$$’ than take your paycheck and donate it to the needy.

  28. KellyinSeattle says:

    I tried to listen to Timberlake the other day but had to turn it off….no true talent.

  29. anonymous fan says:

    I don’t like the Suit and Tie single either but….. SORRY YE once you impregnate Kardashian trash,who are the biggest fame whores in history,you don’t have a right to put down anyone ever about anything.Atleast Justin wasn’t stupid enough to get involved with the evil K’s,you can’t say that.

  30. Jane's evil twin says:

    The real reason Kanye is angry is because Jay and Bey have put him down since he got Kim pregnant.I know that Kim wanted to be best friends with Bey and Goop and be accepted as a real A- lister, but Bey put the brakes on that.No one with half a brain would want to be around those terrible women or be friends with Kim.Kanye knows his stock has went down since he hooked up with Kim and is trying to pretend he doesn’t care. He has no idea how much he has screwed up his career getting involved with this skank.His downfall is going to be fun to watch.

  31. lala says:

    I still don’t like any of the songs he’s released, they’re boring. Both Justin and Kanye are sleazy douche bags, Justin just keeps it hidden, and people don’t realize how much he swagger jacked Robin and Usher. This will be fun.

  32. skuddles says:

    Kanye always sounds like a complete idiot when he speaks. Makes perfect sense why him and KK are a couple… a true meeting of the mindless.

  33. nina says:

    both are overrated petty bitches.

  34. Miss M says:

    Douchetastic argument over a horrible song. Did I get this right? I don’t think I did.

  35. AustinMJ says:

    Im gonna say it. I love JT. All the media rumors and garbage about him – not sure I believe it.

    This song takes a few listens to develop a “pallet” for it, but it’s old school R&B vibe I like.