On Sunday, Fall Out Boy fans who are still actively following the rather Byzantine viral campaign for the band’s new album, Folie à Deux — a campaign that has grown from a simple hijacked Web site to include Pete Wentz giving away sneakers and delivering doughnuts while wearing a wig and a fake mustache — were rewarded with a rather unique gift: A cover of Kanye West‘s “Love Lockdown,” purportedly recorded by FOB frontman Patrick Stump.
And while the track certainly sounds like Stump’s handiwork, many FOB fans (and MTV News) were wondering if it really was him or if the whole thing was just another layer to the ever-expanding Folie campaign. In order to get to the bottom of things, we decided to reach out to Stump himself. Surely, he’d be able to set the record straight.
“Yeah, [the cover] is just me in GarageBand. Nothing too serious,” he wrote to MTV News in an e-mail. “I recorded it in the morning before work into my laptop speaker. It was in my head while I was trying to sleep, so I just went ahead and recorded it. I’d pretty much just woken up, and I laid it down in, like, five minutes.”
Online reaction to the track has been overwhelmingly positive, though Stump is just taking it all in stride. After all, he’s been dabbling in hip-hop for a while now. Earlier this year, he collaborated with the Roots on a song called “Birthday Girl,” which ultimately didn’t make the final cut of the band’s Rising Down, and back in June, he worked with T.I. on “Out in the Cold,” a song that didn’t end up on Tip’s Paper Trail. So he insists that he didn’t cover “Love Lockdown” with any higher aspirations … he was just a fan of the track, and he figured he’d take a shot at it.
“Kanye’s version is obviously better. I hope Kanye doesn’t mind that I did it. It sounds like a personal song. I’m just a fan of it,” he wrote. “It reminds me of ‘Heard It Through the Grapevine,’ in the way that you’re addressing an ex-lover, but I like the angle of ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ ’cause there aren’t enough breakup songs that are honest about that.”