Even Justin Timberlake’s lyric videos are fancier than other artists’.  The music clip for "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, which premiered this morning, could serve as a full-on video for the song instead of as the usual place-holder that most lyrics videos are.

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In the black and white clip (he is clearly working a theme with the black and white in promoting this project), we see Timberlake getting ready for a night on the town (or for a night in, if you know what I mean, based on the song lyrics, which scroll across the screen).

The sharp-dressed man, in the smartly photographed clip, goes into the studio as soon as he’s well dressed doffing a Sinatra-like fedora.

Toward the end, his date shows up. We barely see her face, but it doesn’t appear to be wife, Jessica Biel.


There’s a lot of smoke (the fatty in question in the lyrics is a cigar in the video) and some animation added into the mix.

While he’s channeling the Vegas-era Rat Pack, especially as he heads to the casino one other homage is undeniable. Instead of the appropriate black socks with his shoes, Timberlake is sporting white socks in a clear homage to another one of his musical heroes, Michael Jackson.

"Suit & Tie" is the first single from Timberlake's forthcoming album, "The 20/20 Experience."

The video flashes the album's release date for a fraction of a second (around the 5:20 mark), indicating that "20/20" will drop on March 19.

What do you think of the clip?