Questionable language has a glorious history in pop music, and now Cee Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley is adding a new chapter as he prepares to release his upcoming solo album The Lady Killer. The song is a bouncy, soulful ditty titled "F**k You" and it makes liberal use of that four letter word. Since its release on YouTube just four days ago with an accompanying animated video displaying the song's lyrics, it has been viewed nearly two million times. Cee Lo has explained to Entertainment Weekly that the song emerged out of an L.A. recording session with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence of the production team the Smeezingtons. The pair had a rough sketch of the song but weren't sure if it should be completed. Cee Lo suggested finishing it and added additional lyrics resulting in the runaway viral hit.
The lyric video is to be considered simply a placeholder for a later proper video, but there is no word on what that will be. At least one other musician was very impressed with the song. 50 Cent has already put together and posted an answer remix to "F**k You" It is very clever in its own right. This also isn't the first song by a major artist with this title. Last year Lily Allen caused a stir with her perky single "F**k You." It hit the pop top 10 in countries across Europe and #1 in dance clubs in the US. Look for Cee Lo Green's album The Lady Killer in stores December 7, 2010.
- Listen to Cee Lo Green's "F**k You"
- Listen to 50 Cent's "F**k You" Freestyle Remix
- Watch Lily Allen's "F**k You"
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