Rockers Weezer have recruited unlikely collaborators for their new album - rapper Lil Wayne and producer Jermaine Dupri have contributed to RADITUDE.
Frontman Rivers Cuomo was determined to change the band's sound for their latest disc - so he turned to the hip-hop stars to add some funk to the project.
He tells MTV News, "Weezer is always trying something new. Last year, we put out The Red Album. We loved that album, but this is 2009. It's time to do something totally different. So I reached out to some friends of mine in different genres: Jermaine Dupri, for example, king of R&B, I wrote a song with him called Can't Stop Partying. It was a real challenge for me, taking his ideas, which are very slick, R&B party (ideas), and giving it some kind of edge, some darkness, making it work with rock, making it work with Weezer.
"Not only that, but we got Lil Wayne to come in and do a rap on it. Any other rapper would've just done, 'Yay, we're partying! Let's drink and have fun,' but he gave it the edge I was looking for. You can hear in his voice, it sounds so dark, like he was gonna get shot or something when he walks out of the studio. So I was real happy that everyone involved got what we were going for."