Earlier this year, Justin Timberlake and Kanye West took a couple of minor swipes at each other. Onstage at one of his shows, Kanye had told the crowd, “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fuckin’ with that ’Suit & Tie.’” Timberlake guested on SNL soon after, and he tweaked the lyrics to “Suit & Tie” to shoot back at Kanye: “My hit so sick, got rappers acting dramatic.” Within days, though, Timberlake was calling Kanye a “genius” on Fallon, which probably explains why things didn’t erupt into a gore-soaked brawl when both guys were in the same room at the VMAs this past weekend.
Indeed, Timberlake tells MTV that the two artists are now cool with each other: “It doesn’t matter. It was one of them things where I love it, in a way, because at the end of the day it’s just music. I love the record, I love ’Suit & Tie.’ It reminds me of the music I grew up listening to. I respect his opinion because I think he’s a genius. But I don’t share that opinion. It’s just not that big a deal.” He also said they might make music together someday. So as much as I love the idea of a bitter full-scale Timberlake/West feud, I’d take that, too.
And in other Timberlake news, NJ.com reports that Timberlake spent last night at the legendary and recently-shuttered Hoboken indie club Maxwell’s, where he filmed a commercial for Target. Thousands of fans clogged the streets outside Maxwell’s, and 150 got into the taping. This seems like a pretty lame way for Maxwell’s to go out, especially after all the closing-ceremony stuff, but this is the way of the world now. Read some amusing tweets about the event from Maxwell’s de facto house band Yo La Tengo below.