Timberlake appears to reply to rapper's jibe

Singer Justin Timberlake appears onstage during the 55th

Singer Justin Timberlake appears onstage during the 55th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Feb. 10, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

On his well-received host and musical-guest appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend, Justin Timberlake slyly seemed to respond to a recent jibe from rapper Kanye West.

While performing his new single "Suit & Tie," which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Timberlake, 32, changed a lyric from " ---- so sick/got a hit and picked up a habit" to "My hit's so sick got rappers acting dramatic."

In a Feb. 23 concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, West, 35, delivered a roughly 10-minute freestyle rant about topics including the Grammy Awards, corporate sponsorships and "Suit & Tie," which Timberlake co-wrote with rapper Jay-Z and others. "I got love for Hov," West told the crowd, using a nickname for Jay-Z, "but I ain't ---- with that 'Suit & Tie.' "

West's remark came after Timberlake and Jay-Z performed "Suit & Tie" together during a show on Super Bowl weekend and then again at the Grammys, and to the two having announced their joint "Legends of the Summer" tour. Jay-Z had toured with West in 2011 and 2012.

Timberlake and Jay-Z's 12-date tour includes a July 19 Yankee Stadium show, for which general-public tickets go on sale Tuesday.

In addition to good notices for his "SNL" appearance, Saturday's edition of the show marked the fifth time Timberlake has hosted -- leading to an all-star sketch with fellow five-timers Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Chevy Chase, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin and Paul Simon. Former cast-members Dan Aykroyd and Martin Short, non-five-timers, appeared as a bartender and a waiter, respectively.

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