On Slim Thug’s new album, Boss of All Bosses, the Houston rapper interpolates A Flock of Seagulls’ 1982 hit “I Ran” into his Jim Jonsin-produced track “I Run.” Sugary new-wave pop meets Dirty South rap, and mass eye-rolling ensues. I’m surprised Slim didn’t mutter “No homo” after every reprise of the fey signature hook. Actually, perhaps Slim Thug should be praised for having the stones to put his machismo on the line so blatantly. Still, an annoying hook is an annoying hook. Must FFWD.

Whatever the case, could "I Run" be part of mainstream rap’s gradual sashay from macho front into a softer, more effeminate phase? Maybe Swishahouse was more aptly named than initially realized…