AceShowbiz - Fans of Prince were outraged when Justin Timberlake announced that he would be holding a listening party for his upcoming album "Man of the Woods" at Prince's Paisley Park studio next month. The fans' outrage was understandable though, considering the contentious history between the two musicians.
If you don't remember, their feud began at an Emmys after-party back in 2006, where Prince made a comment on Justin's hit song "Sexy Back". He said at the time, "For whoever is claiming they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!"
Not long afterward, Justin was set to present Best Original Song Award at the Golden Globes. Prince won that category with his song "Song of the Heart", which served as the soundtrack to animated film "Happy Feet". Prince was reportedly stuck in traffic, so Justin made fun of the "1999" singer's height by pretending to hand the trophy to someone on the ground.
Justin didn't stop slamming Prince there. Shortly after that, he released a song called "Give It to Me", which was produced by his longtime collaborator Timbaland. Justin took a jab at Prince in one of the verses on the track. "If sexy never left, then why's everybody on my s**t?/ Don't hate on me just because you didn't come up with it," he sang.
Knowing their history, a Prince fan wrote on Twitter, "Who the f**k is letting Timberlake do his album listening party at Paisley Park? Prince would have never consigned this." Another tweeted, "Justin Timberlake disrespect Prince with that weak diss track back in the day and now he's allowed to perform inside Paisley Park? Disrespect all over again... SMH."
Who the fuck is letting Timberlake do his album listening party at Paisley Park? Prince would have never consigned this— Buttuh (@Buttuh) 15 Januari 2018
I haven’t been much on Twitter lately but need to make an exception this one time. Justin Timberlake disrespected Prince with that weak diss track back in the day and now he’s allowed to perform inside Paisley Park ? Disrespect all over again...SMH 😒 pic.twitter.com/ErfaA5wEPm— ♡Dreaming in Purple♡ (@PurpleFlower83) 14 Januari 2018
"So Justin Timberlake dissed Prince in a song AND openly mocked his height, and the people running his Estate are gonna let him party at Paisley Park," another echoed the remark. One other said, "Justin Timberlake being able to set FOOT in Paisley Park is some f***ery that should NEVER f***ing happen.. And it wouldn't were Prince still here.. You f***ers is tacky..."
Justin Timberlake being able to set FOOT in Paisley Park is some fuckery that should NEVER fucking happen... And it wouldn't were Prince still here... You fuckers is tacky... https://t.co/l8sZW9zLy5— Kromshrugulos Michael (@thesselonious) 13 Januari 2018
So Justin Timberlake dissed Prince in a song AND openly mocked his height, and the people running his Estate are gonna let him party at Paisley Park? 🙃 pic.twitter.com/vnLD1rZgth— Jackie Talks Nerdy ☔️ (@JackieTalkNerdy) 13 Januari 2018
Reps for both Justin and Paisley Park have yet to respond to the backlash.