Exclusive: Dawn Richard Respects Justin T.'s Jay-Z & Timbaland Comeback: "It's Legendary"

Monday, Jan 21, 2013 2:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the long-awaited return of elusive singer Justin Timberlake in full effect, SOHH reached out to former Danity Kane/Dirty Money member Dawn Richard for her take on JT's comeback.

In Dawn's perspective, Justin's ability to flip the switch and drop his new "Suit & Tie" after a brief music hiatus is beyond impressive.

"I think it's legendary and the reason why I say that is because he's managed to rest and take a break in such a way where he was successful in something completely different. He created a craft in acting, really was successful in that and then to be able to come back in such a way, and do it in such a classy way, the way he did it, that's legendary in itself," Dawn told SOHH, referring to JT. "He did it in a way where you weren't oversaturated, which was perfect. You stay out the game and then came back with a new sound, a new plan and you can always respect someone who has a plan like that." (SOHH)

According to weekend reports, the Jay-Z-featured and Timbaland-produced "Suit & Tie" could top the iTunes chart this week.

MANO A MANO: After a sizzling start since coming out last Sunday night, Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," featuring Jay-Z, is in a heated battle with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' equally sizzling "Thrift Shop," which has actually overtaken it at iTunes for #1. Who'll be #1 for the week? Can Macklemore & Lewis maintain their lead? Keep checking here to follow the duel to next week's chart. (Hits Daily Double)

One-time Jay-Z producer 9th Wonder offered his take on the new track a few days ago.

"I aint mad at it at all....RT @phontigallo "Suit & Tie" is basically Timbo and JT's take on a R. Kelly stepper joint. Not bad at all.," he tweeted January 14th.
""Suit & Tie" is a good time man.....good job JT & Timbo" (9th Wonder's Twitter)

The new Justin Timberlake track officially premiered online last weekend.

Mr. "SexyBack" is back. Justin Timberlake released his new single, "Suit and Tie," late Sunday night. It features rapper Jay-Z. The upbeat jam is the 31-year-old's first musical offering since 2006's critically acclaimed "FutureSex/LoveSounds." His third solo album, "The 20/20 Experience," will be out later this year. Timberlake co-wrote and co-produced "Suit and Tie" with Timbaland, who produced much of the Grammy-winning "FutureSex/LoveSounds." (Detroit Free Press)

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