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The Atlanta MC's word-churning style posed a problem for Patrick Stump, who recently cut a version of the rapper's 2010 jam 'Shuggerbugg' for Billboard's 'Mashup Monday' video series. As the newly slim, no-longer-bespectacled former Fall Out Boy frontman told the website, he was more worried about keeping Big Boi's lines straight than figuring out a way to sing them.
"The challenge was all lyrical for me," Stump told Billboard. "Adding melody to it is usually really intuitive to me, once there's a rhythm over the key signature, melody just happens. When you have that template it's really easy to come up with something catchy. Remembering the words was the challenge."
The video premiere prefaces the arrival of Stump's solo debut, 'Soul Punk,' which hits shelves tomorrow. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, the erstwhile pop-punk megastar uses quickly strummed chords to approximate Big Boi's descending synth line, showcasing his ability to fuse different styles of music.
"The problem is I don't really fit in in rock or hip-hop, so I kinda just took a stab in the dark," he told Billboard, explaining why he chose 'Shutterbugg.' "I love that song and I was very psyched to do it."
Watch Patrick Stump Cover 'Shutterbugg' on Billboard's 'Mashup Monday' Series