By Kathy Iandoli
Katy Perry has added another rapper to her hip hop collaboration catalog.
The pop starlet, who invited Snoop Dogg to jump on one of her many crossover hits, “California Gurls” pegged Kanye West for her remix of “E.T.” The original version of the song appears on Perry’s Grammy-nominated album Teenage Dream sans West, but an iTunes release of the track is eminent.
Fans of Katy Perry and Kanye West both spoke out on Twitter about their feelings on the collaboration.
“That new Katy Perry, Kanye West track is gonna kill radio,” @23avila tweets. “Listening to Katy Perry and Kanye West's new song - E.T. As always, I enjoyed Kanye's verses,” @craigryomoto says. @SeanLCreme agrees, “New Katy Perry & Kanye West song is hard.”
The song has a hip pop radio-friendly quality, something West has slowly been perfecting for himself. His remix of Justin Bieber’s "Runaway Love" featured Wu-Tang member Raekwon, and while hip hop was early to scoff at it, it’s since become a multi-fan favorite. Perhaps this song will be the same. However, not everyone is thrilled with Mr. West being in the building.
“Why did Kanye West have to wreck Katy Perry's song ET? UGHHHH,” @IrelandLoveCher tweets. “WHY IS KANYE WEST ON ET WITH KATY PERRY?! WHYYYYYYYYYY?!” @ChloeGracieX continued…in all caps. A few (not many) voiced on Twitter that the original album cut was better.
The most surprising aspect of the remix is that it actually happened. Back in 2009 during the VMAs and the infamous “I’ma let you finish” heard round the world – where Kanye West jumped on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video – Katy Perry was one of many who lashed out at West.
“F--- You, Kanye,” Perry tweeted while still at the VMAs. “It’s like you stepped on a kitten.” It seems as though all is forgiven, and Perry as super excited about the collab, as she tweeted about it last night (February 15th). “WHO'S EXCITED TO HEAR THE FRESH, NEW E.T. ?!?! Coming in a couple of days...Keep your EARS PEELED...#E.T.KATY&KANYE,” Perry tweeted, making her own hashtag for the release.
This song is another example of Hip-Hop artists making major moves into the mainstream, and gaining some new fans in the process. “The Kanye West remix of E.T. by Katy Perry is GREAT!,” @PeterrrrSmith exclaims. “I've recently started to LOVE Kanye.”