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Campus Connections: DoYaThang

2 Mar

I have a triple whammy for you today, kind of. For a couple of years, Converse has been putting out a series of collabs titled “Three Artists, 1 Song”. Which has given some interesting collabs every summer (Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, Andrew W.K.; Pharell, Julian Casablancas, Santigold; Best Coast, Kid Cudi, Rostam). They apparently couldn’t wait for next summer and brought out a whammy of another collab (I like that word today apparently), this time it was with Gorillaz, André 3000, and James Murphey (of LCD Sound-system.

Quick side note, saw the movie Four Brothers which Andre 3000 was in, and it said André Benjamin (which is his actual name btdubs) and I was like, pssshhhh, that’s not your name, what are you doing.

Anyways, the sheer mention of this collab is like, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttt, and then it happened and then your like WHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT. In other words, its awesome. Basically what happened is Converse goes to James Murphey and says “We want you to make a song, the Gorillaz are your band, and André is gonna cameo, ready go.” And anytime you give James Murphey free reign to do anything with excellent music makers it’s like, mind blown.

It can be kind of awkward at first, but the more you listen to it the more you like it. And André 3000 is just, oh my god.

Anyways, other than the track itself, they created a 13 minute long jam session. It was the last day, they were done with recording, and they were like, fuck it we’ll just keep going. The result, André screaming “I’M THE SHIT” In creative ways for 8 minutes. My favorite,  “I DON’T EVEN HAVE TO SING IN KEY, I’M THE SHIT”, which is hilarious. For so many reasons.

And then they made a video, which is Gorillaz at it’s best, huge feature on 2D and a guy who we assume is André. It’s just, watch it, listen to it, yay converse.

DoYaThing – Gorillaz, James Murphey, and André 3000

DoYaThing (13 Minute Version) – Gorillaz, James Murphey, and André 3000

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