The CMT Music Awards show last week opened with a laugh-out-loud — or at least grin-really-wide — collaboration between T-Pain, who even talks in vocoder, and Taylor Swift called “Thug Story”.
It’s worth a look if you’re familiar with Swift; even better if you catch the references to not just her hit song “Love Story” but T-Pain’s appearance in the SNL Digital Short “I’m on a Boat” with Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer, who collaborate as The Lonely Island. (You probably know them from the infamous “Dick in a Box” and the awesome Natalie Portman rap.)
CMT’s blog has a behind-the-scenes look at the genesis of “Thug Story”; the full opening of the Music Awards show is also online, including Taylor’s surprise scene in the new Star Trek movie. [Update: All the CMT video links have, sadly, gone bad.]