The trio sang the track last night at the American Music Awards amid technical problems that made the performance slightly more bearable. (Jagger's video feed was out of sync.) This is the single version of "T.H.E." from Will's upcoming hashtag-titled album '#willpower,' and it confirms what we feared: Jagger appears on a LMFAO knock-off. It's like a second-rate BEP song with J.Lo as Fergie and the Stones singer in the role of Apl.de.ap. Mick's voice sounds great on the track, but that will probably just further infuriate the fans who want Jagger to use his cords on a new Stones album or a 50th anniversary tour, not a Black Eyed Peas solo project. Also maddening: Will.i.am raps the line, "Hard like m-----f------ Liquid Swords," which is something someone must ask GZA about at his Harvard lecture.
- Mick Jagger