Cee Lo’s big web hit: covers, remixes and mashups

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It’s one of the songs of the year. Cee-Lo Green’s expletive-laden F**k You received a million hits in four days with its original typography-only video. An official music video was released since and combined the two videos have generated over 7.5 million Youtube views.

Straight away, the song was turned into source material for dozens of remixes and covers. 50 Cent was first up in offering a freestyle with a single verse over the song the weekend it debuted. Since then, the versions have kept coming. Mashups of the song paired it up with Katy Perry’s I Kissed A Girl, The Fratellis’ Henrietta and Eminem’s Superman quite successfully. Meanwhile a host of producers have remixed the track providing us, perhaps unnecessarily a Baltimore club edit, a deep house version, an electro version and of course, the obligatory dubstep remix. A dubstep version is consistently the worst offender in the remix world, offering a tactless producer the opportunity to add some unimaginative low-end “wub wub” to the song and the various Cee-Lo versions are no different.

The best remix comes from Philadelphia rap duo Chiddy Bang who use the song as a jumping off for a decent hip-hop rhyme-heavy version.

F**k You has provided inspiration for many a cover version too. The Cover Me blog has collated their opinion of the best which take in bluegrass, acoustic guitar-led, one-man band, solo piano, punk and violin adaptations. The best renditions come from the females who take the other side of the argument of the song and change the lyrics like Toronto’s Anjulie who focuses on the girl who usurped her.


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