Liam Payne Drops Debut Solo Single "Strip That Down" (feat. Quavo)

With One Direction on hiatus, Payne follows Niall Horan and Harry Styles' individual releases

By Zach Johnson May 19, 2017 12:10 PMTags

Liam Payne is back in the game.

After One Direction's Niall Horan and Harry Styles released solo projects, Payne dropped his debut single, "Strip That Down," overnight. The 23-year-old singer teamed up with Migos' Quavo for the song, which he co-wrote with Steve Mac and Ed Sheeran. Payne is the second One Direction member to pursue the hip-hop/R&B genre, after former bandmate Zayn Malik.

Payne actually references his boy band past in the pre-chorus, singing, "You know, I used to be in 1D (now I'm out, free) / People want me for one thing (that's not me) / I'm not changing, the way that I (used to be) / I just wanna have fun (and get rowdy)." In the chorus, the British pop star trades lines with Quavo, singing, "You know I love it when the music's loud / But c'mon, strip that down for me, baby / Now there's a lot of people in the crowd / But only you can dance with me / So put your hands on my body / And swing that round for me / You know, I love it when the music's loud / But c'mon, strip that down for me (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)."

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Payne's girlfriend, Cheryl Cole, is a big fan of the song:

"Getting to write with people like Ed is one of the most amazing things a person can do," he gushed on BBC Radio 2's The Chris Evans Breakfast Show Friday. "I'm humbled that Ed even took a second of his time," Payne added, "let alone spending hours with him to write the song."

"I've been working hard in the studio for over a year and I'm really excited to share this new music with my amazing fans. I've come a long way since our One Direction debut and I hope everyone likes my new sound as much as I do," Payne told E! News in a statement Friday. "2017 has been a big year for me already and I'm looking forward to what the rest of it will bring."