The f-word barrier was already broken well before Cee Lo completely obliterated it on his way to releasing one of 2010's best tracks, but while Green was able to slip "Forget" into the offending areas for mass consumption, we have no idea what word Lloyd can use as a replacement to make this track radio-friendly. Which is a shame, because this tune is killer. It's like a catchier hybrid of "F--- You" and Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." Glee would definitely be all over this if Glee broadcast at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.
Lil Wayne shows up first as a narrator, recalling how the Shangri-La's used spoken word prologues for their hits "He Cried" and "Leader of the Pack." Then Lloyd, who previously had hits with "You" and "Get It Shawty" takes over. But the real MVP here, as he is on most songs he (rarely) appears on, is Andre 3000. The OutKast MC made a surprise cameo with a so-so verse on Beyoncé's "Party," and now he's back with an absolute monster feature on this track. After years of hip-hop dormancy, it seems 3000 has officially shaken off the dust.
Unless Lloyd gets creative with the bad words, this song will never become the smash hit it deserves to be, but that won't stop it from being the centerpiece of our Fourth of July BBQ playlist.
- Lil Wayne
- Cee Lo Green
- Andre 3000