By Melissa Maerz
Updated June 29, 2011 at 08:08 PM EDT
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Is there any hobby James Franco hasn’t turned into a meme?

Acting with the aid of a mustache, painting portraits of NASA rockets, assassinating soap opera stars… And now, hovering around in another man’s psychedelic vision, at times even smiling as if he’d never hosted the Oscars.

Yes, that’s Franco’s head floating through the new video for “Rising” by Kalup & Franco, the experimental electronic group he formed recently with drag performer and fellow General Hospital alum Kalup Linzy.

Co-produced by DJ /rupture, the track (which appears on the EP Turn It Up) finds Kalup singing acid-washed R&B while Franco drifts through some kind of double-rainbow dream the background:

Is this a real band? Is it part of some larger performance art project? (This summer, Linzy’s taking part in an exhibit at New York’s Lehmann Maupin Gallery and the Four Saints in Three Acts opera installation at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art.) We’re still not sure. Franco himself told a reporter from New York magazine,”Kalup Linzy is doing the EP, I think I, like, do some spoken word on it, but that is not my EP.”

Maybe not. But somehow, we’ll bet these guys are totally psyched.


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