"DoYaThing" is a song by alternative rock virtual band Gorillaz featuring LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and André 3000 of Outkast. The song was released on 23 February 2012. It was commissioned by Converse as a part of their "Three Artists. One Song." project where three artists collaborate on a track. The song is also the starting point for a limited edition Chuck Taylor All-Stars collection designed by Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett. The shoe designs feature artwork from other projects related to Gorillaz. It was released in two different versions: the approximately 4-and-a-half-minute radio edit, and the explicit 13-minute version. The former was released as a free download on Converse's website, while the latter was released for streaming on Gorillaz's website. The cover features a baboon representing Murphy and a masked figure representing André 3000.
Background and recording
The idea for "DoYaThing" started when Converse asked Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn and Gorillaz artist Jamie Hewlett to design an exclusive shoe collection that would feature artwork influenced by Gorillaz. After the design was finished, Converse and Cornerstone, the company that promotes products from the "Three Artists. One Song." campaign, persuaded Albarn to broaden their partnership to a collaborative track. Albarn accepted, and invited LCD Soundsystem leader James Murphy and Outkast member André 3000, who both signed on.
Instead of recording the song by sending it via e-mail, as Murphy initially feared, the three met in Albarn's London studio to record the track. Despite the three only knowing each other through their music, Albarn described the experience of meeting them as "very natural", saying "We were comfortable with each other immediately." The song was written and recorded over three days, with the 13-minute version being recorded on the last one.
Released-February 23, 2012
Genre-Alternative hip hop, alternative rock, electronic
Length-4:26 (radio edit), 13:04 (full version)
Writer(s)-Damon Albarn James Murphy André Benjamin
Producer-Damon Albarn Gorillaz Jeron Ward Rick Wallkk Royal Flush Entertainment.
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