Cee Lo says new song is 'art'
Cee Lo has insisted his song (Expletive) You is actually a work of art.
The song, about a gold-digging ex, contains 16 f-bombs in just three-and-a-half minutes and has been criticised for being in poor taste.
But the musician said: "What I've tried to accomplish, like, is making art products ... so I still believe that (the song) can be classified as art because it's an original piece and the edge and alternative is there, and the integrity is intact."
Though it has won rave reviews, it's had its share of criticism. Dan Isett, the director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, said in a statement that the song "is just the latest example of an entertainment industry bent on racing to the bottom of the barrel".
However, Cee Lo also said he was trying to elevate music with the song, and that it's something that the music industry does not do enough.
"The system does not, you know, advocate art so to speak, but it does package and promote products and product placement and there's a definitive difference between the two, art and product," he said. "I have yet to sit down and try to write something for the sake of radio. I just never done it, not consciously."
The song will appear on Cee Lo's album The Lady Killer, which is due out later this year.