X Factor – Lyric 145 – R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – (AUDIO)

Check out a recording of the song X Factor finalists, Lyric 145 were SUPPOSED to sing the week they were eliminated. The tune is a reworking of R.E.S.P.E.C.T by Aretha Franklin.

Anything would have been better than that Katy Perry/Queen mess the group was forced to sing, but to be honest, I don’t think X Factor audiences would have been ready for this jelly either.

Check it out below:

R.E.S.P.E.C.T by Lyric145

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Mitchell/515077335 Eric Mitchell

    This would have ruled but I agree I just don’t think people who watch reality singing competitions are ready for this.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    They could have at least left the show showing the world what they are capable of.

  • http://twitter.com/OzzyBonjour ??EvHeaD??ozzy??

    I usually HATE this kind of rap stuff but Lyric 145 is actually quite decent IMO and this is good IMO.

  • Incipit

    I just don’t think people who watch reality singing competitions are ready for this.

    Oh, you are probably right, and the voting rankings certainly bear that out – so then – one wonders, don’t the Producers know this too, and why did they even cast them?

  • Listening

     Umm yeah much better than what they threw together at the last second, obviously. This is how I imagined Lyric 145 would sound after watching Party in the USA and watching some of their youtube vids. More serious w/ some good original rapping in there. The only issue I had was w/ the high pitch sped up voice singing  the R E S P E C T bit. That sounded weird and annoying. But otherwise good and I feel like the more you listen to it the more you’ll like it.

    I wonder why they couldn’t sing it was it too much original material and simply to far Aretha’s song. If there were no legal reasons they couldn’t do it then they should of even if the audience didn’t dig the more urban serious lyric 145 it didn’t matter b/c they would of gone either way. The only difference is they could of gotten more credibitlity as rappers w/ the RESPECT song and it’s a a more accurate look at their abilities w/ all that original material. You know how Simon said they were easy going and no complaints when they were told to change their song well they should of complained.

    And to be honest I think this could of saved them it was inventive and original much better than them running around screaming E. T. at us. They said that performance was slapped together and it looked it. I still shudder thinking about that catastrophe.

    And another thing anyone else think how Ironic this song is now considering they didn’t get any respect and got instant eliminated, makes me wince.

    Oh one more thing. I’m still mad at Simon mishandling them it was like he was clueless he acted like he knew what he was doing but he was living in the land of denial. Multiple judges kept saying it was the wrong direction and he just ignored them. They were one of my favorites going into the show and they’d caught the interest of many. And what did we get out of them only one performance I liked Supercalifragilistichbialadious and that I had to warm up to before I loved it. I’m so so so mad at stupid stubborn Simon. I hope Lyric 145 can stick together and get something going for theirselves. I loved the concept/ feel of  Lyric 145 and they have so much potential.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Because the producers would like to offer the viewers more than the same old blandness?

    Should Idol cast only WGWG from now on because only WGWG win?

  • justmefornow

    They cast them for the same reason they hired Nicki Minaj as a judge for Idol, to try and change the demographic that still watches these shows. (All these shows, btw, look who’s on top on XFactor).
    The problem is that demographic doesn’t watch a lot of network TV, probably won’t watch, vote, buy, or care.

  • Incipit

     Because the producers would like to offer the viewers more than the same old blandness?Should Idol cast only WGWG from now on because only WGWG win?

    Ahh, Mateja Praznick, you know better than that. On both counts. 

    The Producers have access to metrics, they know their audience when they are doing the casting, no matter what they pretend – unless you believe they are truly that incompetent? They could care less about ‘blandness’ IMO. They can spice up anything with fake drama, and they know it. They had a rapper before who didn’t win – now they have had another – but this one they hamstrung with a truly messed up last minute song choice…for no discernable reason.

    And you know very well I didn’t suggest anything to do with male guitar players  – where did that comparison come from? Not from me….the show doesn’t even ‘have’ a guitar playing anybody…I don’t see the relevance with casting a Rap Group that the Producers proceed to clothesline at the last minute…and that’s what they did.

    I ‘think’ I get your argument – casting fodder is OKFine – Everyone they cast isn’t supposed to be able to win – and if the Producers want, they can always make sure of that…which is OKFine too?

    If I have your position wrong, you can let me know – I certainly don’t want to put words in your mouth. *wink*

  • girlygirltoo

    This is much much much better than what they had to throw together at the last minute. The only part I didn’t like was the high-pitched T-E-S-P-E-C-T; that was just too high of a key and sounded weird. But the rest was very cool.

    The producers should have let them do this. I can’t believe they couldn’t get the original song cleared — how many times has it been covered before — including on Idol! So something else was going on there, I think.

    Lyric145 was my pick to win the whole thing — IMO they were the only contestants who combine real originality with a lot of talent. But oh well. Hopefully someone will sign them and give them a chance.

  • irockhard

    They apparently did get the song cleared in time but Simon bullied, oops I mean “convinced” them to do what he wanted. Simon is an idiot, if you don’t know what to do with your country and hip hop acts them leave them the f*ck alone to do whatever they want!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    uh! so much potential. I already miss them. Simon is stupid. I hope both of his other acts fail. Especially his pecious Douchebag3

  • vhill

    “They should have complained”- It’s not that they complained but they said they did fight really hard to do their song at the last minute. In an interview  Lyric said they even went in and basically said, “No, we’re not doing this” but it was a case of them continuing to fight it and not knowing the words to the other song, or using the time to learn the new words. I can’t believe they were able to learn the new song that quickly- it didn’t even show for me. 

  • merkureye

    You gotta love Da Queen but Simon made a mistake by eliminating the country act Sister C and keeping this rap group.  Unlike Lyric 145, I believe Sister C would still be on the show giving Tate Stevens a run for his money.  Who do I believe Sister C would have replaced in the TOP 8 you ask?  Let’s put it this way, Demi would only have one act left at this point.

  • Klaine

    HAS BET never had a hip/hop – rap singing competition show to find the next Nicki Minaj type. If they have, had no idea who won.  IF they havent, what the hell are they waiting.  Their audience would be more inclined to like ‘urban’ music….Its not my type but theres an audience for that but when its not pop oriented, its hard to appeal to that mainstream broadcast audience.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    HAS BET never had a hip/hop – rap singing competition show to find the next Nicki Minaj type.

    BET’s flagship singing competition is Sunday Best, which is Gospel-focused. Don’t knock it: the season 3 winner, Le’Andria Johnson, not only was allowed to cowrite her coronation song, but also won a Grammy in 2012 for Best Gospel/CCM Music Performance. (Sales are small, but that’s normal for her genre. Her first EP peaked at #24 on the BB 200.)

    MTV ran P. Diddy’s Starmaker for one season in 2009, and the Diddy connection suggests there was some vague hope of crowning a winner who was hip-hop-ish. The actual winner was a country singer. This did not go well.

    Queen Latifah was supposed to be producing The Star Next Door (later retitled The Next), in which a couple celebs roamed the country auditioning singers, but the featured stars were multi-genre, and I’m not sure the show actually happened. (It was originally intended for CW this fall.)

    Snoop Dogg pitched a hip hop singing competition in 2011 — he was rumored to be trying it on MTV and E! — but again, I don’t think it actually happened. NBC turned it down. (Snoop Dogg also did some dissing of The Voice.)

  • Keyera Mullins

    This is way better. I wonder why the producers changed their song at the last minute. Supposedly it wasn’t Simon making the decision. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    This was so cool! I so sad they didn’t get a chance to perform this. :(

  • mtlfan2

    this is really cool. Just the high pitch parts that needs a bit rework

  • WestiesRule

    I get to listen to A LOT of rap/hip hop because that’s what kids listen to. That is all my inner city kids listen to. Many of those artists use that high pitched sequence (whatever they call it) and I’m sure middle America does not know this. Instead of poetry, kids write flows and produce beats and put them together. The faster you can spit the better you are. Maybe XFactor could have spent a few minutes starting with Astro introducing America to a culture that exists deep within our society. Instead, they throw these contestants to the wolves and let them get eaten alive. This trio is amazing and I bet LA Reid knows this. I’m sure some of the rappers with their stables (other artists they sign) have also sat up and taken notice. Simon was smart enough to put them together and then thought he could turn them into 1 freaking Direction, the rap group. As  60 y/o white woman from the burbs who loves alternative rock, I get it (and enjoy it) so I dare venture, and state, a little education goes a long way. These shows need to start educating America to all genres of music. Oh, and I thought there RESPECT was clever and well done. Add in the performance aspect and I bet it kicked ass.

  • http://twitter.com/toastyred Sara Traynor

    I think this is what really bugs me about XFUS.  Like, I know all these shows are manipulated, but on XFUS they influence it to the detriment of the show.  They saddle the artists with crap songs or bad production which makes it worse to watch.  This would have been much much better than the ET/Queen thing, but no, they had to get rid of Lyric145 for whatever reason…

  • lukien

    I am not from the USA and i dont mind hip-hop/rap music as long as the songs are not too in your face. I kinda like Lyric 145 but their last performance kinda annoyed me a bit, they came across smug (is that the word?) Anyway i havent listened and not really want to listen to their version of Respect, so i cant say whether it’s good or not. Just curious tho, how Queen Aretha would feel if she heard her anthem R.E.S.P.E.C.T. being rapped with original lyrics. Pehaps Simon or the prods were avoiding the wrath of a bigger diva than Mariah and Nicky combined, we never know.

  • Jordana33

    Aretha Franklin’s songs are frequently sampled by rappers and hip-hop artists, so I can’t imagine her objecting to Lyric 145’s arrangement. More than likely, it was Simon who decided to pull the plug.  I really hope that they get a good manager and record label to represent them, because they have so much potential. 

  • Jordana33

    Link to article from MLive.com, explaining why they had to change songs:


    Here are some excerpts:

    “But the night before the show’s live air date, the group received a phone call notifying them that legal issues and technical difficulties required the group to make a different choice. Their mentor, Simon Cowell, concocted a mash-up of Katy Perry’s “E.T.” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”

    “The issues preventing the “R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” cover were resolved, but Cowell advised the group to stick with the new choice.”

  • iluvai

    Oh wow. This is so much better than their Queen song/rap. Why couldn’t they sing this song?

  • iluvai

    Please no.  gah!!!

  • Karen C

    I think this would have been much better,  not sure if it would have gotten more votes.  I can’t see why there would be clearance issues, since it has been used so much. I wonder if the problem was that Simon had used Respect as Melanie Amaro’s single, and didn’t want someone to use it on the show yet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    But Simon wasn’t being ‘stubborn.’ He knew exactly what he was doing. He was getting rid of Lyric so that they wouldn’t be a threat to Emblem 3.

    Good luck trying to get Emblem the win, Simon. They are nowhere near as hot, talented or interesting as 1D.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    Lyric’s verse is SIIIIIIICK as f*ck, fa real! She out spits her bandmates by a few country miles!

    Too bad L.A. couldn’t mentor them. He would have taken them to at least the top 6.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    But Simon wasn’t being ‘stubborn.’ He knew exactly what he was doing. He
    was getting rid of Lyric so that they wouldn’t be a threat to Emblem 3.

    Whether that was the case or not – and I wouldn’t doubt that it was – it illustrates what makes me so uncomfortable with shows like The Voice and X Factor where the judges, as opposed to just the show itself, have a stake (even if it’s just bragging rights) with who wins.  It’s hard enough to get a fair shake on a show like Idol, where the judges don’t have their own group of contestants, without worrying about a judge sabotaging you to protect someone on their team, or – even worse – your own mentor/judge sabotaging you to protect someone else on your team.  I don’t fucking care which multi-millionaire judge “wins”, because it makes no difference to anything except their egos.  The contestants are the ones with something at stake, and if they can’t even trust their own mentor to look out for their best interests…yeah, it sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    You know, it’s funny, there is an interview Lyric 145 did with Young Hollywood after they were eliminated, talking about how they feel what the revealing of the rankings has done to the atmosphere of the competition. They said that it made the judges care so much about winning, they were starting to strategize exactly how the contestants would perform to get votes. But the group were upfront about how they just simply care to do the best performance that simply represent them, rather that worrying about votes they’re mentor wants. They acknowledge that the fighting between the judges of how one should present they’re acts was becoming distracting. Basically, they’re saying their mentor’s need for winning was getting in the way of the creative process for their acts, and not allowing them to be themselves. 

    They didn’t want to blame Simon per se, but they were aware of the show’s biggest flaw.

  • http://twitter.com/TarheelShari Sharon S.

    That all rings so true, and it’s even worse because the judges (or, perhaps more accurately, the producers/PTB via the judges) seem to have so much control over what the contestants sing, how they sing it, and how they look when they sing it.  With the advent of the Interscope/Jimmy Iovine era, it seemed to me that Idol started taking more control away from the contestants, and it didn’t strike me as a good development – you might get fewer train wrecks that way, but you also get fewer shining, unexpected “moments,” too. 

    X Factor and The Voice take away even more control from the contestants, and I just don’t care for it.  I’d rather see someone triumph, or fail, on their own merits (or lack thereof) as much as possible.  And the institutionalized tendency for the judges to judge, not on the basis of the performance in front of them, but on the basis of how they can spin their reactions to suit their own self-interests, is problematic.  Adding in the possibility that a contestant, who is in a position of relative powerlessness, may have a mentor actively trying to get rid of him or her, and it’s a total turnoff to me.