By Marissa G. Muller
Aside from the very punny title, “Shell Shocked,” you wouldn’t necessarily glean that the song was written for producer Michael Bay’s next film.
The trio keep their lyrics aspirational dropping lines like “Nobody do it better/ All my brothers tryna get some cheddar/ We all want our cut like the Shredder” over a stadium-sized laser synth beat from Kill The Noise and Madsonik.
Here, the trio are at their most creative, subtly dropping references in ways that wouldn’t feel out of the ordinary on any of their solo songs. They even find a way to rhyme one of the Turtles’ names with a luxury vehicle: “Me and my bros come together for the dough/ Bought the orange Lamborghini/ Call it Michelangelo.”
It’s easy to imagine that Juicy J took the lead on this collaboration, given that he has Oscar-winning experience writing for film. Back in 2006, he won an Academy Award with DJ Paul and Frayser Boy for Best Original Song for the track “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” which he wrote for Hustle & Flow.
Listen to “Shell Shocked” above, ahead of its official release on iTunes tomorrow.
Look for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in theaters August 8.