Cee Lo Says ‘Lady Killer’ Has ‘Big, Black James Bond’ Vibe, Confirms 50 Cent Remix

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Vibe / August 27, 2010

Cee Lo Green’s not-safe-for-work anthem “Fuck You” sort of came out of nowhere. It’s the first single off his upcoming third solo project, Lady Killer, due Dec. 7 via Elektra Records. And an unofficial video for the song, which was co-written and produced by Bruno Mars and Phil Lawrence hit the Web late last week, quickly racking up over 3,000,000 YouTube views. 

With the song being such a viral hit, of course Internet guru 50 Cent had to be the first rapper to spit a freestyle over the track. Yesterday (Aug. 26) the G-Unit general tweeted: “Yo yall heard da shit I did with ceelo its hot I spoke to him yesterday he told me he loved itAnd we made it official. Video coming soon.”

“We talked on the phone the other day. I thought it was cool that he got on the record, just confirmation that the record was going places,” Cee Lo tells VIBE. “It was something that he just took the liberty of doing and then we talked about making it an official remix. It’s like, Of course why not? People love that version as well, so we’ll try to get together and really make it official but I think first thing’s first we have to get it at radio and see how we succeed there and then the campaign will sort of grow organically.”

Expect an official video for “Fuck You” to drop soon to append the YouTube version currently floating the Net. As for a remix video, however, Cee Lo says that’s up to the label. “Because of the viral success, we’re anticipating the radio version to be sufficient enough to have some staying power at radio,” says Cee Lo. “But that’s from the label’s end. So I can’t really discuss the politics if they would kind of act out of accordance with the plan that they have in place to do something additional until it makes sense.”

Aside from that song, Cee Lo ensures that Lady Killer doesn’t have a middle-finger vibe. The title reflects his artistic role as both a “lover and fighter,” he explains. One track that embodies the lover part is “Body,” a slow groove produced by Salaam Remi. “That’s really sexy,” says Cee Lo of the song. “Even though it’s direct, there’s still a cerebral and subconscious element to the song. I believe that the intellect has to initiate any appeal or connection that you would have with anyone so it’s not just physical. There’s enough of that.”

Sonically, Cee Lo had a very specific vision in mind while recording. “Jokingly, when I was giving the disclaimer of what type of sound I was looking for earlier in the project I was calling it ‘Big Black James Bond,’” he describes. “I was looking for something that maybe Barry White would do where it’s got that urban undertone meaning there’s groove and there’s soul and there’s R&B but it’s laden with live instrumentation, like sophistication and strings and a bit of that live element like a free jazz kind of thing. So there’s a lot of that.” —Clover Hope

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