Here Is The 13-Minute Version Of (And Lyrics For) "DoYaThing," The Gorillaz/James Murphy/André 3000 Song

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Apparently the release of the Converse-sponsored collaboration between Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and the fleet-tongued André 3000 wasn't the end of that song's release cycle; last night a 13-minute version of the track, with Three Stacks going bonkers about being the shit (no, really) over a fuzzed-and-spaced, throbbing beat before things get a tad more somber (but, you know, in a fun way), hit the web. Clip below, along with the lyrics, as lovingly transcribed by SOTC pal Andy Hutchins.

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Hear The Gorillaz/James Murphy/André 3000 Collaboration "DoYaThing"

The Converse-funded collaboration between the Damon Albarn/Jamie Hewlett futurepop collab Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, and 2011 Best Supporting Player André 3000, "DoYaThing," has leaked, and it's a goodie, a wobbly bit of futureshock pop that has Albarn laying down a verse in his blasé Gorillaz guise and André tossing off straight fire, with a verse that, amidst a ton of tongue-twisting, takes on those people who says he doesn't rap enough for both their criticisms and their inferior skills. The song will be available through the sneaker company's web site tomorrow, but a radio rip (via Listen Before You Buy) can be heard below. (And apologies for the guy asking "CAN WE GET AN OUTKAST ALBUM NOW?" over and over again at the end, trying to sound like he's part of the song, too. DJs!)

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Oddsmaker: Do Beyoncé And André 3000 Have Enough Swagu To Beat Kanye And His Dozens Of Friends At The Grammys?

The Grammys created the awkwardly named Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category ten years ago, around the time Ja Rule's various "thug love" duets were dominating the airwaves. The award recognized a growing sector of popular music that didn't quite fit into the preexisting rap, R&B or pop song awards, and its creation was a prescient move. In 2001, 13% of Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Songs featured at least one rapper and one singer; in 2011 that number had doubled to 26% (after peaking at 33% in 2010). The category's a little more unpredictable this year, as NARAS snubbed the biggest dancefloor-friendly rapped-and-sung hits of the year ("Give Me Everything," "Party Rock Anthem," "On The Floor," "E.T.") in favor of more urban radio fare.

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Ke$ha Works Both Sides Of The Pop Aisle

This morning brought the release of "Sleazy 2.0 (Get Sleazier)," the all-star remix of Ke$ha's Dr. Luke/Bangladesh banger about men who are a bit too impressed with their wealth "Sleazy"; the new version contains the quietly gut-punching verse that Andre 3000 added to the original remix, as well as contributions from Wiz Khalifa (decent), T.I. (Coming To America-referencing!), and Lil Wayne (2010-retro thanks to the name-drops of Black Swan and Kings Of Leon?). While the braggadocio on the new verses clashes somewhat with the don't-need-your-money declarations of the original track (Three Stacks, perhaps unsurprisingly, got what Ke$ha was going for with his contribution), all three of the new verses sound pretty fantastic over the booming beat. Then again, it's so undeniable that me reading the phone book in a fake British accent over it might sound not-half-bad as well. Clip below.

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Hey, Bono, Here Are Five Songs You Might Want To Consider For This "Song Lyrics Of Literary Excellence" Contest You're Judging

The New England branch of the literary society PEN has announced that it's bestowing its inaugural award for outstanding achievement in song lyrics in February (hat tip: Dave Bry/Maud Newton). Lyrics from all stripes of popular music can, of course, be utterly banal, but they can also employ words in ways that delight and confound, and it's somewhat heartening to see that music, after all these years of being a sort of also-ran in the pantheon of cultural forms that can double as High Art, is getting a little bit of shine for its most outstanding examples. The jury that will select the winner includes such musical luminaries as Bono, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon, and given that one of those people was responsible for committing the line "I was punching in the numbers at the ATM machine/ I could see in the reflection/ A face staring back at me" to wax, it's not too much of a stretch to assume that suggestions from the peanut gallery are welcome. I asked some SOTC pals to pick their favorite potential contenders for this award; feel free to nominate your own in the comments.

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Lloyd's "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" Video Might Be Cleaned Up, But There's Still A Pussy In There

Lloyd's "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" originally landed earlier this summer, and in its initial form it was a thrillingly ribald breakup anthem, with Lloyd wailing about how his lover's "pussy done changed" once things started to sour between the two of them. Of course, such profligate usage of slang for the female anatomy wouldn't fly on the radio, so steps had to be taken to make it safe for wider consumption; the censored version of the track swaps in "lovin'" for the naughty word, and while the R&B smoothie wasn't too crazy about the alteration, the song still works quite well, thanks to his bravura performance and the earwormy, "96 Tears"-ganking organ riff. Today a video for the FCC-friendly version of the track dropped, and perhaps as a nod to both the excised lyric and the ice-coldness of guest-verse-dropper Andre 3000, it has a somewhat unexpected cameo by a cat. I don't want to spoil the rest of it, so just watch below.

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Lloyd's "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" Is Gleeful, Profane, And Completely Great


Next week King of Hearts, the new album by Atlanta R&B crooner Lloyd, comes out after what seems like a really really long time since he provided the hook to the near-chart-topper "BedRock." (Early 2010 wasn't that long ago in real terms, I know.) Last night "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" made its way online, and oh boy, is it a doozy. The Polow da Don-produced track is backed by a loop that sounds if not based off then heavily inspired by Duffy's "Mercy," if that track was an ode to, uh, the nostalgia-worthy genitalia of the addressed lover. There's "narration" by frequent Lloyd foil Lil Wayne; there's also a fantastic, withering verse by Andre 3000—the second to appear this month! (And don't forget his outstanding contribution to the remix of Ke$ha's "Sleazy" earlier this year, either.) And Lloyd turns in a fiery performance, unleashing his spectacular pipes in such a way that really sells just how sexually pent-up he is over all this. Anyway, if there's any justice, this song will rule the summer. Listen below. (And if you're in an office, for God's sake, put on headphones first.)

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Beyoncé's "Party" Is Cool, Collected, And Andre 3000-Assisted

Beyoncé's 4 has been slowly revealing itself to the world in advance of its June 28 release date, and the latest track to leak is "Party," a sumptuous Kanye West and Consequence production with a wistful, syllable-bending assist from André 3000. "Party" flips the expectations put forth by its title and winds up being pretty much the direct opposite of "Run The World (Girls)"—it's a slow-burn sex jam that reaches back to the golden age of WPIX-FM and has a buried-deep callout to "La Di Da Di." Listen here (for now, anyway).

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Zach Baron's Top 10 Singles of 2010

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With sincere apologies to Chuck Eddy, my two favorite records of the year also produced my two favorite singles: funny how that happens. And though ten songs increasingly feels like about forty too few, especially when Dr. Luke is working, nothing was knocking "Runaway" off this list. What can I say? Been waiting fifteen years for rap to get this emo and for emo to get this rap. As for the rest of it, well, as Sean Fennessey noted in this space last week, most of these songs are ignorant as hell. The rest are about love. I'm not proud:

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On Big Boi And Andre 3000's "Lookin' For Ya"

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Rap Radar has your hookup: I am beginning to suspect that Big Boi's (finally!) imminent Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (which it's not even clear if this song is even on) is going to be fantastic. Here we have one of those heartbreakingly rare de facto Outkast reunion tracks, a simple-enough sex jam, but the ascending synth line snaking through it is salaciously beautiful, and then there's shit like "Like we work at IKEA/Test every piece of furniture to see if it is stable." If this doesn't make Chico Dusty it follows that at least someone believes there are 12-15 better songs to choose from. It's not impossible.