JT, Jay, and Kanye: a BFF triangle
But first, Justin Timberlake on his 5th time hosting Saturday Night Live.
I mean...it never sucks. You can tell he’s worked. He’s put in the work. Especially in those increasingly tiresome “Liquor-ville/Vegan-ville/Whatever-ville” sketches. He is WORKING there. And I appreciate that. I enjoy it. I always enjoy him...in this form. In short bursts of extra, over-the-top caricature form, he’s great. He is a wonderful entertainer, an outstanding performer...ON A STAGE. But when he’s required to pull back and actually become someone else, as opposed to Justin Timberlake playing someone else, this is where I don’t believe it. He cannot sustain it over two hours. He cannot convince me that he’s not Justin Timberlake.
So ...be great at this, please. Just this. Be great for years on Saturday Night Live. And singing your songs. It’s not an ordinary achievement. It is, in fact, an extraordinary achievement. The problem with these people is that they think that just because they’re extraordinary at two things, it means they can be extraordinary at six things. Why is two not enough? Especially when most people aren’t extraordinary at anything?
JT appeared on SNL in service of his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience, for which he’ll be touring this summer with Jay-Z. Jay-Z used to tour with Kanye West. Kanye West however is now having a baby with Kanye West’s girlfriend. And doesn’t seem to be so close with Jay-Z anymore, as evidenced by his dismissal of Suit & Tie, a JT song that features Jay. Last month on stage in London, Kanye dropped this during his freestyle:
"I got love for Hov, but I ain't f-kin' with that Suit & Tie."
On Saturday night, during Suit & Tie, in place of this line:
“Sh-t so sick got a hit and picked up a habit”...
JT dropped this, perhaps in return:
"My hit's so sick got rappers acting dramatic."
It’s a best friend fight!
Over Beyonce’s husband!
I had a fight like this once in Grade 7. I promised promised two people, separately, that they could be my BFF. And they found out about it and confronted me. It was, indeed, as JT says, very dramatic. That was one of the worst days I’ve ever had at school. The whole class knew about it. Tears were shed in the bathroom. Then they became BFFs and announced it to me the next day, with an audience. I asked my dad if I could change schools. He said no. A week later, they broke up and wanted me back. I’m not sure though that Jay and JT will break up. JT’s wife probably won’t let him. So Kanye West’s girlfriend might encourage him to make BFFs with someone else. Chris Brown? So that she can roll with Rihanna? Not impossible.