I'm not ashamed to admit that I was once a big New Kids on the Block fan. I'm being a bit preemptive to assume that I should be ashamed since most former NKOTB fans that I know seem to stay in the closet. This shame is apart of the reason why Justin Timberake amazes me. He was only one 'boy band' away from one of the most discredited boy bands of all time. He was nothing but frosted hairspray with a cherry on top yet he gets more respect than some of the most talented artists of my generation.
Justin Timberlake is a very talented individual. His skits on SNL is (in my opinion) some of the funniest SNL content that I have every seen. He has also released several great singles in his solo career. He has moves, he has grace, style, charm: he has everything that we (the people) look for in a star but why him? Jordon Knight played instruments, he co-wrote some of the NKOTB material and he was just as young as JT when he had his boyband stint. Why didn't we let Jordon mature and grow into becoming a greater talent. At some point we simply chose to credit JT as being a truly respectable artist.
(Before I move forward let me just state for the record that I LOVE Justin Timberake and this is NOT a 'diss' piece....well maybe it is but just a lil). His new single features Jay-Z who also happens to be the king of 'pop artist validation'. It's like the most popular kid in school is reminding us that JT is cool and he is 'down'. When I play the super slow track (suit and tie). people go crazy and I can't help but feel that it's a total bite off of R.Kelly's 'step in the name of love'
Maybe I'm feeling a little hate. I understand the popularity of Justin Timberlake I'm just not completely sold on the respect and credibility that people thinks he deserves. People trash and discredit Justin Beiber all the time but the kid can run circles around JT with all the instruments that he can play. JT is a decent actor and is very funny but that has nothing to do with music. I have this feeling that his next album is going to be a grammy winning, super smash hit and I don't really get it. I just don't. 20/20 seems like its going to be a great album but I'm just not sure if I will ever be willing to consider Justin Timberlake as an amazing and incredible musical artist.