Here’s That James Franco/Smokey Robinson Collaboration We Warned You About


We knew it was coming, and here it is: the James Franco/Smokey Robinson collaboration! World of Wonder points us to “Crime,” the track on Daddy’s (Franco and art-pal Tim O’Keefe) new MotorCity EP that features guest vocals from the R&B legend. We’re going to go ahead and call it listenable, which is nicer than what James St. James at WoW had to say (“Can somebody close to Mr Franco please tell him that there are mountains he doesn’t HAVE to climb?”). Featuring the same sort of nostalgic-tropical-Motown vibe as the duo’s debut single, “Love in the Old Days,” it’s big on echoing vocals, campy strings, and endless repetitions of the refrain, “You were a crime I had to commit.” And yet, it’s lovely to hear Robinson’s voice, even if he is singing backup to Franco. Watch the Instagram-hallucination video after the jump.