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Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" Reminds Us Why We've Missed Him So Much

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But a lot has changed in the world since he left. Things were very different in 2006: Twitter had just got off the ground, the iPhone didn't even exist, the term "swag" hadn't been abused into oblivion, George "Dubya" Bush was still in office, Lindsay Lohan was making seven million dollars a movie, and Lady Gaga wasn't even a thought.

["Suit and Tie"] feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.

Now, EDM has a profound influence on pop music, and hip-hop's mostly dominated by a young, rambunctious crowd. It's a this curious time Justin Timberlake has decided to return to the music world. With much hype circling the release, Timberlake's first single in years, "Suit and Tie", featuring the legendary Jay-Z, feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.

When I first hit play, I was nervous when I heard slowed down introduction of the song. I felt that JT was trying to cash in on the current sound that artists like A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and others have capitalized on over the last few years. But then the song kicked in.

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Jaron is a musician, writer, promoter, videographer, and a founder of the like-minded collective and movement known as Starstruck.
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