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Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock Throw 'A Little Party' for 'Gatsby' – Song Premiere

Raucous anthem comes from 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack

April 15, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Fergie Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby
'Music From Baz Luhrmann's Film The Great Gatsby'
Courtesy of Interscope Records

There are party fiends, and then there's Jay Gatsby. In "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)" – a new song from The Great Gatsby soundtrack – the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and producer GoonRock demonstrate their willingness to keep up. Swinging sax licks boogie with Fergie's jazzed up vocals before GoonRock's synths storm through. Q-Tip later drops in a fun-loving guest verse to keep the energy levels pulsing. "I have a stout reputation of keeping it hot," he rhymes.

'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack Features Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey

The Great Gatsby soundtrack also features a cover of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and Outkast's Andre 3000, and includes music from Jay-Z, Jack White, Lana Del Rey, the xx and Florence and the Machine. It's due on May 7th. The Great Gatsby opens May 10th.

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