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The official logo for the song from Gorillaz's website

I'm the shit!

DoYaThing is a single by Gorillaz featuring James Murphy and André 3000, released on the 23rd of February, 2012 as part of the "Three Artists. One Song." campaign by Cornerstone to promote Converse's Chuck Taylors Gorillaz Collection. The full-length version of the song was released for free for streaming on Gorillaz's website.

Background and Recording[]

The idea for "DoYaThing" started when Converse asked Gorillaz creators Damon Albarn and 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.

Speaking further about the collaboration Albarn said: "I only knew these guys through their work before we got together. The 12-minute version represents what we did over three days-- it's quite an insane progression. That version evolved out of just a drum beat and a guitar, and then André just started going, and there was no sense that he was ever going to stop, it was a very exhilarating ride. It's live: I'm playing guitar, the drum machine is going, James is playing bass, and André just goes off. And what he's saying just gets more and more ridiculous. It finished on its own will, we really had nothing to do with it."

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Fictional Backstory[]

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Music Video[]

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Main Article: DoYaThing (Music Video)

The music video for DoYaThing was directed by Jamie Hewlett and was released on the 29th of February 2012. The original YouTube upload of the music video was taken down, but it was later reuploaded on the 28th of May 2018.

Summary[]

The music video opens with a video of a Nile Crocodile scaring a herd of Thomson's Gazelles and then cuts to 2-D waking up one morning and getting dressed on 212 Wobble Street, London, SW21 7QJ. He then checks every room on the lower floor (Noodle's room, the bathroom, and Murdoc's room). Later on, Murdoc hops on his broken chair lift so he can move downstairs, and 2-D checks the living room where the Boogieman is reading a newspaper and watching TV. On the TV you can see the music video for DARE playing.

Comic in the DoYaThing music video

The comic as seen in the newspaper that 2-D is reading in the DoYaThing music video.

Then, 2-D heads downstairs to the kitchen to get breakfast. Murdoc's chair finally reaches the end of the stairs. 2-D then sees a newspaper comic in which Murdoc is being unusually nice to him. When 2-D looks up from the paper, Murdoc angrily walks into the kitchen and whacks 2-D's head violently with a camo-patterned shoe, unlike in the comic. Murdoc then heads for the basement and hisses at 2-D before leaving. Miserable, 2-D stares at his burnt toast topped with an ear before switching off the radio, silencing the song, and heading outside the front door.

Meanwhile, Murdoc is seen upstairs performing his radio show, now playing "5/4". The camera then pans back to 2-D, and a baboon dressed as a postman hands an eviction notice to 2-D, which vastly improves his mood. With a smile on his face, 2-D wanders out into the street as the camera pans up on the house, revealing a still-giant Russel sleeping on the roof, and the repaired windmill island hanging in the sky above.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: 2-D]
I'm a pale imitator of a boy in the sky
With a cap in his head and a knot in his tie
I'm the light in the mall when the power is gone
The shadow in the corner, just playing along
I'm only laying in my bed, I'm rolling aside
But if I get a car, I'm hoping to ride
Because I know if I ever say "I'm leaving" to you
You've gotta volunteer, and you don't know what to do
You're soft

[Chorus: James Murphy]
You wanna do it, but you don't know what you're doin', baby (A-a-a-a-aha)
You wanna feel it but you don't know what you're feeling tonight (Alright, how are we doin'?)
And if you're thinking that I don't know what you're thinking, baby (A-a-a-a-aha)
You do more thinking and I'll go out and make it alright (Alright, how do you do?)

[Verse 2: 2-D]
I’m impregnable, incredible, the setting of quo
I’m at Lay Chimirida, not a heart and soul
I got a Saturday night, and nothing is dead
And if I ever had to do it, well, you know I wouldn’t care
I just kicked down, I love when I’m seen
Yeah, and if I wanna talk back, the message is free
Then there’s a fire, a ray, a knot in sight
And if you get popped here, you get ‘em a lot
You get a heart, break

[Chorus: James Murphy]
You wanna do it, but you don't know what you're doin', baby (A-a-a-a-aha)
You wanna feel it but you don't know what you're feeling tonight (Alright, how are we doin'?)
And if you're thinking that I don't know what you're thinking, baby (A-a-a-a-aha)
You do more thinking and I'll go out and make it alright (Alright, how do you do?)

[Post-Chorus: André 3000]
Every time we try, we get nowhere
Wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people? Yeah
Trying so hard to act like we don't care
But it's true, you do, nothing is left
So I guess I'm right

[Verse 3: André 3000]
New word, onomatopoeia (Boom)
Quit actin' like you don't wanna be here
Fuck around and get jumped like leap year
Glock in the glove make you really wanna leave me, alone
Get the fuck on, gone
Okay, okay, okay, back to the happy song
Rap ain't nothing but the art of talkin' shit
My girl look pretty up there riding dick
My plaid past, my solid future
Asinine ass and a gorgeous coochie
I'm an OutKast but you're into me
Summer got mad cause the winter blew me
That Juicy Fruit, that splooshy sploosh
Generation X on bloopty bloop
Get duked, gotta get duked, the duke
Everybody hit the floor, we through the roof
Like a chimney, I commend me
How come it be, some lame ass n•••a talking about
"Ah, he don't rap enough"
But y'all rap a lot and I'm like "Wrap it up, hoe"
You ain't Scarface, you ain't Willie D
You ain't Bushwick, you ain't killin' me
Better play with your motherfuckin' momma
Bet you still stay with your motherfuckin' momma
Keep sleeping on me, I'ma rock my pajamas
In the daytime, I swear, I promise
Dare a n•••a say something, tear a n•••a face off
How come Blacks don't play baseball?
Y'all white, know y'all can taste all this
Fly shit, I stay finna take off

[Refrain: André 3000]
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
You ain't fresh squeezed juice, n•••a, you that Tang
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Wait, is you really Slick Rick? Nope, you Dana Dane

[Verse 4: André 3000]
Bet it up, head erupts
A lava language in a vocal volcanic
If it ain't fixed, don't broke it, don't panic
If it ain't this, it ain't shit, goddamn it
If it ain't this, it ain't dope, it don't flush
And if it ain't hip, it don't hop, well then hush
Man, they sound like, man, they stole your
Man, they look like—nope, it ain't us

[Refrain: André 3000]
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Wait, is you really Slick Rick? Nope, you Dana Dane
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
Do Ya damn Thing, Do Ya Thing-a-Thing
You ain't fresh squeezed juice, n•••a, you that Tang

[Post-Chorus: André 3000]
Every time we try, we get nowhere
Wouldn't it be nice if we were just normal people? Yeah
Trying so hard to act like we don't care (I don't care)
But it's true, you do, nothing is left
So I guess I'm right

[Outro: André 3000]
Flip the page, our days are revelatious, aaah
Space is strange, doctor, I've got no patience
Oh, it's all a part of the process (Okay, okay)
Nothing's new, it's true, cool, I admit
Shit, I guess you're right

[Outro 1: André 3000]
I even mumble I'm the shit
Need mumble, I can mumble
I can mumble that I'm the shit

I'm the shit!
I'm the shit!
Yeah, I'm the shit!
Ha, I'm the shit!

I know it sound good to you!
Cause it sound excellent to me!
I'm the shit, yeah!
Yeah, I'm the shit!

I do it cause I'm convinced
I do it cause I'm the shit
I'm never on the fence!
Ah! I'm never on the fence!

Yeah! I'm the shit!
Yeah! I'm the shit!
Yeah!
I could even take keys on y'all!
I can even make it a hundred degrees on y'all, I'm the shit!
Yeah, yeah! I'm the shit!
Ah, I'm the shit!
Mumble cause I'm the shit
Yeah, I can mumble cause I'm the shit, I can mumble
I don't have to say shit cause I'm the shit
I don't have to say a goddamn thing cause I'm the motherfucking shit
And you know it!
I'm the shit!
Say it wit' me!
I'm the shit

Sometimes I feel like the shit
Sometimes I feel like the shit, sometimes I feel like I'm shit
Sometimes I wanna stand for somethin', then sometimes wanna sit
I didn't really plan on cussin', but sometime it just slip
Ah! I'm the shit!
I'm the shit!
Yeah, I'm the shit!
Ah! I'm the shit!
Yeah! I'm the shit!
Ahh, yeah! I'm the shit!

I know it sound good to you
'Cause it sound good to meeeeee
I'm the shit!
Yeah, yeah, I'm the shit!

I can even walk away from the mic
'Cause I'm the shit! I did it tonight
I'm the shit! Yeah, I do it riiiight
I'm the shit! I don't even have to sing in key
Ohhh! It's all about me! I'm the shit!

I'm crawling back to the mic! I'm the shit!
I could do this shit all night! I'm the shit!
I could do it in the day, I'm the shit!
I could do it any way, I'm the shit!
Yeah, I'm the shit!
That is it
Yeah, I can say it
Now I can say it, don't you see it?
I don't even sweat!
Ah! I'm the shit!
I'm the shit!
I said I'm the shit!

It might sound good to you
It sound excellent to me
Fuck! I'm the shit!
I'm the shit!
I take a piss cause I'm the shit!
I can fart on it, I'm the shit!
I get smart on it, I'm the shit!
I get dumb on it, I'm the shit!
I make her crumb on it, I'm the shit!
The sum of it; I'm the shit!
The sun love me, I'm the shit!
The moon is jealous of me!
The sun is jealous of me!
The rain is jealous of me!
EVERYTHING IS JEALOUS OF ME!
I'm THE SHIT!
I'm THE SHIT!
I'm THE SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIAAAHHHH
AHHHHH-AH-AH-AH-AH, AH-AH-AH-AH, AH-AH-AH-AH
You can't have a piece of my pie! I'm the shit!
I'm that guy! I'm the shit!
I don't know why! But I'm the shit!

Yeah, I'm the shit
Don't even have to scream
I don't even have to dream
I'm the shit, I make you cream
Cause I'm the shit
Yeahhh, I'm the shit
When I stand up, everybody sit, I'm the shit
Asshole

[Break]

[Outro 2: André 3000]
Sometime I feel like the shit, sometime I feel like I'm shit
Sometime I wanna stand for somethin', then sometime wanna sit
Didn't really plan on cussin', but sometime it just slip
When you the mayonnaise and the mustard, you can't relish in it
And when them panties turn to custard, who the hell do they miss?
And when the nanny fucks the husband, what does she tell the kids?
That's a whole 'nother discussion, we can't fit in our kicks
That's a whole 'nother discussion, you can't fit in these kicks

Yeah
The way I feel tonight, I think I'll wear these shades for the rest of my life
Yeah
Yeah
The way I feel tonight, I think I'll wear these shades for the rest of my life
The way I feel tonight, I think I'm-a wear these shades for the rest of my life
That way, you won't be able to see the disappointment in my eyes
Cause they don't lie (don't lie), not to my eyes (not to my eyes, not to my eyes)
Nah, they don't lie (don't lie), not to my eyes, (not to my eyes…) un-un
(They don't lie, they don't lie)
(Not to my eyes, not to my eyes)
(Not to my eyes, not to my eyes)
(Not to my eyes, not to my eyes)

Single track listing[]

Promotional CD[]

  1. DoYaThing (Radio Edit) – 4:26
  2. DoYaThing (Full-Length) – 13:09

10" Record Store Day Vinyl[]

  1. DoYaThing (Full-Length) – 13:09

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Trivia[]

  • The 10" vinyl had a limited release of 500 copies in North America and 500 in the UK & Europe (total of 1000 worldwide) for Record Store Day 2012.
  • The single cover art features a baboon that represents James Murphy and a masked figure that represents André 3000.
  • Due to the rights for the song being owned by Converse, it was never released officially through any digital streaming platforms, such as iTunes or Spotify, as opposed to most other Gorillaz songs, with the exception of SoundCloud - where it was originally uploaded to.
  • With a length of thirteen minutes and nine seconds, this song is the longest Gorillaz song (excluding remixes) ever recorded, with Hong Kong (seven minutes and fourteen seconds) in second place, Opium (six minutes and fifty-one seconds) in third, Samba At 13 (six minutes and twenty-five seconds) in fourth and The Sounder (six minutes and thirteen seconds) in fifth.
    • The radio edit, however, lasts only four minutes and twenty-six seconds.
  • André 3000 said a total of ninety-one cuss words across the song, with seventy of those being "shit".
  • Beats Per Minute named the track the best one of the "Three Artists. One Song" project, calling it "a potent reminder of the power of collaborative music".[citation needed]

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