There's nothing I enjoy more than a good curse word in an R&B song. Amy Winehouse? Yes. Keyshia Cole? Absolutely. Cee-Lo? F--- yeah! This is why I'm happy to announce the #5 choice on MTV News' Top 25 Songs of 2010: Cee-Lo Green's "F--- You."
Though many pop fans were introduced to Green through his Gnarls Barkley success, RapFix readers most likely remember him from his Goodie Mob days and his verse on Outkast's "Git Up Git Out" back in the 1990s. If you don't remember what we're talking about, we won't "hold that against you though." Most recently, rap fans have watched the MC-singer transform into an official pop star — unfortunately fans began referring to him as Gnarls Barkley, rather than his singular artist moniker.
"I think that there were very genuine and general concerns with building the brand of Cee Lo Green,” the Atlanta lyricist told MTV News. “Because Gnarls Barkley didn’t do that, it built the Gnarls Barkley brand. I’ve even seen a few Twitter messages saying, 'Why did Gnarls Barkley change his name to Cee Lo Green?' But you know, understandably, there’s that kind of disconnect. So in terms of executive decisions, it was about starting from scratch and making sure that the brand we launched was seen in the right light, finally."
Once the MC decided to release his third solo album, The Lady Killer, he linked up with Bruno Mars, of "Nothin' On You" fame, and his writing group the Smeezingtons, who gave the Southern gent "F--- You" and the world rejoiced. Even 50 Cent liked the cut and decided to remix the song this summer to our delight.
"You know I really don't like how you talk 'bout my chick, think you're just made cause she's not your bitch," spits 50. "It's nobody's fault but your own that you're not rich, man, I shouldn't even have to tell you this s--t. / She could do bad all by her damn self, when the bills come your ass just can't help. / See the red on the bottom of her Christian Louboutins matching the Ferrari and that's why she's gone."
We couldn't think of a better combination.
MTV News' Top 25 Songs of 2010 countdown continues. Make sure to keep checking back to see what song we've named #1, and don't forget to share your picks with us in the comments below!