.

Robin Thicke Debuts Racy Single 'Give It 2 U'

New track follows the controversial 'Blurred Lines'

Robin Thicke performs in New York City.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage
July 3, 2013 11:50 AM ET

Yesterday, soul-pop chameleon Robin Thicke debuted his new single "Give it 2 U." It's the second single from his upcoming studio album Blurred Lines, which comes out July 30, and his second brush with controversy this year.

Rolling Stone's American Music Awards Afterparty: Robin Thicke

The club-friendly, synth-heavy track – featuring guest raps from Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz – is already being scrutinized for its sexually suggestive lyrics: "A little Thicke for you / A big kiss for you," goes one line. "Big dick for you / Let me give it to you." Earlier this year, Thicke scored a smash single with the Pharrell-produced soul jam "Blurred Lines," but that song also sparked a critical backlash due to its YouTube-banned music video, which featured topless models and large balloons that spelled out "Robin Thicke Has a Big Dick."

Summer Music Preview 2013: The Season's Must-Hear Albums

In a recent interview with GQ, Thicke commented on the accused misogyny of his new music: "People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?' I'm like, 'Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women.' So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, 'Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.'"

That publicity, though contentious, ultimately worked in Thicke's favor. "Blurred Lines" topped single charts around the globe, peaking at #1 on the iTunes charts after his recent performance on NBC's The Voice.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com