After a quick, 30-second tease that was tearing up our heart, we’re pleased to give you the real thing. Justin Timberlake‘s official lyric video for “Suit & Tie Featuring JAY Z” dropped this morning, while you were happily living out your own superstar fantasies in dream land. Handsome JT continues to look handsome in the full clip, be in whether he’s slowly driving along the sunny streets of Los Angeles en route to his day job or posing for multiple flashing lights. It’s a way to see how the sausage gets made–the sausage being a talented multi-Grammy winner who needs little help prepping for a photo shoot and shares our passion for playing the air trumpet. There are plenty of fancy, titular objects to ogle as Timberlake goes through the process of getting dressed, the camera slowly scanning every inch of his dapper ensemble, pausing on his wedding ring–hi, Jessica–for better or for worse.
Jay-Z is only heard and not seen, but Timberlake more than compensates for Hov’s swagger by rolling the dice Vegas-style and swirling a drink or two around the piano. And when it’s all said and done? He’s not too big to drive himself home. Humility goes a long way in Hollywood these days.
Directed by Laban Pheidias, it’s a lyric video, but Timberlake is clearly redefining our understanding of the genre by putting himself front and center to build anticipation for the real thing. (How do you top those bow ties?)
It’s also only the beginning of his return to music full-time; we already have word of an upcoming live date to get excited about and the reminder from JT himself that the album, The 20/20 Experience, is not too far away.