The brainchild of rapper/songwriter/remixer Ricky Reed began as an attempt to bring some lighthearted fun to dance music with songs like "F---ing Best Song Everrr" and "#STUPiDFACEDD." But after gaining attention with a sax-blasting remix of Das Racist's "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell," remixes of songs by Passion Pit and Local Natives, and an album and EP of party-starting originals, he's hooked up with two music legends for a deceptively tossed-off-sounding song called "Anyway."
"The hook wasn't right, you know, and every song needs a great hook, so who better than [Weezer singer/songwriter] Rivers Cuomo to come in and finish it up for us?" Reed said of his collabo with the geek-rock icon on Cee Lo Green's recently released sultry single. The tune — co-produced and co-written by Wallpaper. — appeared on the platinum edition of Green's Lady Killer album, released last month.
Getting to share a writing credit with Cuomo was yet another career highlight for Oakland, California's Reed, who signed with major label Epic Records late last year after a meeting with Epic CEO and "X Factor" judge L.A. Reid.
"It's a little dark," he said of the Green song, in which the singer recounts his many flaws. "In the co-write, I did a lot of the verse lyric, then Rivers came in with this really sentimental hook, which is kind of what the song needed. ... It needed to balance out. If there's anybody to be sentimental, it's Rivers, and if there's anyone to be f---ed up, it's me."
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