Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Don Trip brings Cee-Lo aboard for official "Letter to My Son" single and video

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Cee-Lo Green will add his distinctive vocals to Don Trips Letter to My Son
  • Cee-Lo Green will add his distinctive vocals to Don Trip's "Letter to My Son"
I spoke to Memphis rapper Don Trip this morning about new plans for an official single release of his song "Letter to My Son," a strikingly honest custody battle missive for which Trip quietly put up a homemade YouTube video two years ago.

That video started to pick up steam roughly a year later and is now up to over 1.6 million views, with an additional 200,000 views for a video filmed by local director Joe Gotti, which was posted this summer.

Earlier this year, Trip signed a deal with an imprint of Interscope Records and his push from the label will start with the official release of a new version of "Letter to My Son" featuring one of pop and hip-hop's biggest current stars, former Goodie Mob rapper and Gnarls Barkley crooner turned solo hitmaker Cee-Lo Green.

"I added a new hook to the song and we got Cee-Lo to be on it," Trip said this morning, preparing for a video shoot tomorrow in Los Angeles with Cee-Lo. "This is going to be the first thing Interscope really gets behind."

Trip says he expects the new video and single for "Letter to My Son" to be out before Christmas, with his debut album — Help is On the Way — to hopefully follow in the first quarter of next year.

For more on Trip, see my feature on him from this summer, my mixtape-style guide to his releases so far, and reviews of his most recent mixtapes.

The original "Letter to My Son" video:

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