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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