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July 04, 2011  | by: Angela Raiford

Kalup & Franco

Since the start of 2011, the public has learned more and more quirky — some may call them crazy — parts of Franco’s ever abundant personality. Now, the world is experiencing him as a musician in the collaboration, Kalup & Franco, causing the personality quirks to cease inspiring feelings of surprise and instead inspire the question: what is going on here?

Besides the porno ‘stache that James Franco shows off in his Kalup & Franco promotional photos, the music and origins of the music are pretty much left unclassified. Kalup Linzy is well-known in Brooklyn as a performance artist and has said that he and James have collaborated for over a year. When speaking with Pitchfork, Linzy stated:

“[Franco] contributed vocals during recording sessions. He and I both also exchanged video and vocals…James and I have both felt that sometimes developing projects separately and then bringing the other in later helps move the projects along.”

On July 12th, Kalup & Franco will release their Turn it Up EP, although when speaking to New York Magazine, Franco stated that he thinks he does ‘”some spoken word on it,”  but that it is not his EP. In light of that, their new single is not bad, and if you try ignore the fact that James Franco has a role, it might stand out as a single from some new experimental artist, and not an actor. It’s a song that will have you half expecting Boyz II Men to roll out in full 90′s form during the hook.  Check out the first Kalup & Franco video below:

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