Will.i.am feat. Britney Spears

"Scream & Shout"

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December 6, 2012

Many many things explode in the video for will.i.am's collaboration with Britney Spears: Cars, disco balls, speakers, bottles of booze. But we weren't really expecting subtlety from these two. "Scream and Shout" is a five-minute slab of club catharsis with a slick electro-percolating beat and a hilariously retardo Tears For Fears-jacking chorus. There's something else here we weren’t expecting: a sense of humor, especially from Britney. She cops a silly robo-British accent somewhere between bored-Madonna and Sleaze-3PO and drops a cold-stare "it's Britney bitch," continuing to turn what should've been a career-killing punchline into an I'm still here, fuckers statement of diva defiance. Keep bitchin', B.

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