Justin Bieber sings 'Suit & Tie,' his new hit song.

Justin Bieber sings ‘Suit & Tie,’ his new hit song.

Justin Timberlake, the smooth operator that he is, stuck a knife in Kanye West’s ribs when he probably least expected it–during a performance of his new song last night on “Saturday Night Live.”

Justin changed the lyrics to reference West’s diss of “Suit & Tie” during a concert last month.

Kanye was performing in London when he paused between songs and shouted out to the audience: “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t fu*king with that ‘Suit & Tie.’” Hov is a nickname for West buddy and fellow rapper, Jay-Z, who contributes a couple verses to Timberlake’s song.

Jay-Z is good friends with both. In any event, the dig did not go unnoticed. Justin not only diss Kanye with subtle twist by doing in in the song that West had snapped at during his show. Justin made a slight revision of the lyrics while performing.

The original lyrics for the verse are: “S**t so sick/Got a hit and picked up a habit”

He changed that to: “My hits so sick/Got rappers acting dramatic.”

So far no response from West, but it’s hard to see how the bombastic rapper will let this pass without comment.

Footnote: Jay-Z joins Justin to sing his part in the song, and they look pretty tight together.

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