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.
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."
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.