Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z's Posh 'Suit & Tie' Video Shows Grammys Needed David Fincher

Onstage stripper would've violated the dress code, though

Marc Hogan WRITTEN BY
Marc Hogan

At one point in the new video for Justin Timberlake's comeback single "Suit & Tie," the singer and actor looks at sheet music on an iPad. That's the perfect encapsulation of what the song, with its '40s big-band feel and casually up-to-date slang, sounds built to accomplish. When Timberlake and guest rapper Jay-Z performed the song at the Grammys, though, the effect was more redolent of a time before Steve Jobs was even born.

Turns out they just needed JT's The Social Network director David Fincher, who keeps up the retro, black-and-white shtick in this video but manages to make all those throwback moves look a whole lot more contemporarily chic. Sure, a vintage style with rap-era vernacular has been done before, including by Mayer Hawthorne, but, as Jay-Z raps, neatly flipping a Bob Dylan lyric and usurping his cultural throne at the same time, "Nothing succeeds like success."

Timberlake is set to release The 20/20 Experience, his first album since 2006, on March 19. "Suit & Tie" might not be his only collaboration with Jay-Z, either. Neither artist's camp has confirmed the reports, but Rolling Stone cites sources saying the two are planning a stadium tour together. A pair of tuxes every night? That's going to be a whole lot of dry-cleaning bills.

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