While hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend for the fifth time, an honor that was given due props during his opening monologue, Justin Timberlake, all the way on his “suit & tie sh*t,” responded to Kanye West‘s highly publicized rant last month during a performance at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
As previously reported, West, let loose with a rant against music executives, capitalism and most surprisingly, his long-time friend and collaborator, Jay-Z, and music colleague, Timberlake, while performing in February at the Hammersmith.
“Remind me again why we in this s***,” West repeats with rhythmic anger. “Remind me again why the Grammys could suck my d**k. Remind me again who’s the original Super Fly. And, I got nothing but love for Hov, but I ain’t f—ing with that ‘Suit & Tie.”
Then, in what many consider to be a swipe directed at Beyonce and her $50 million sponsorship deal with Pepsi, he dug himself into an even deeper ditch: “Can I sell your drink for you, please?” West says in a sarcastic tone. “So you can help me put on a better show, please, corporations? Can you please support me, please? Me, Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice n—a now. I swear I’ll put the pink Polo back on.”That was viewed by many to be a dig at Mrs. Carter because of her frosty reception of his baby mama, Kim Kardashian, while seeming to welcome Timberlake’s A-List wife, Jessica Biel, with open arms.
In a clear nod to the controversy Saturday night, Timberlake, who brought out Hova for a surprise performance of “Suit & Tie,” switched the lyric “S**t so sick got a hit and picked up a habit” to “My hit’s so sick got rappers acting dramatic.”
Well, West was kind of acting dramatic, so we’re not sure if this can be considered a diss, but it most certainly was a zinger!
Photo: LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 17: Actor Justin Timberlake (L) and rapper Jay-Z attend GQ’s 2011 “Men of the Year” Party held at Chateau Marmont on November 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)