*Cee Lo’s expletive-laden song “F*** You” has received a lot of criticism for its use of 16 F-bombs over a soulful 3 1/2-minute throwback groove. (Not to mention some S-words and N-words.) But the singer/rapper says the tune is actually a work of art.

“What I’ve tried to accomplish, like, is making art products … so I still believe that (the song) can be classified as art because it’s an original piece and the edge and alternative is there, and the integrity is intact,” he said in an interview last week.

The song, about a gold-digging ex, features a video that includes a colorful stream of the song’s lyrics and its been viewed more than 3.7 million times in the last 11 days on the singer’s YouTube page. [Watch below.] An official video will be released this week and the song will appear on Cee Lo’s album “The Lady Killer,” out on Dec. 7.

Though the song has gotten rave reviews, critics have been quick to speak out. Dan Isett, the director of public policy for the Parents Television Council, said in a statement that the song “is just the latest example of an entertainment industry bent on racing to the bottom of the barrel.”

But Cee Lo said he was trying to elevate music with the song, and it’s something that the music industry does not do enough.

“The system does not, you know, advocate art so to speak, but it does package and promote products and product placement and there’s a definitive difference between the two, art and product,” he said. “I have yet to sit down and try to write something for the sake of radio. I just never done it, not consciously.”

A radio-friendly version of the viral hit, re-titled “Forget You,” will hit airwaves soon, though Cee Lo says that wasn’t the initial plan.

“It wasn’t like we were looking for it to be a radio hit of some sort. It was only until a short time after that we considered doing a clean version just in case,” he said.

In October, Cee Lo will host Fuse TV’s “Lay It Down,” an interview and performance-based show he calls “more intimate (and) off the record.”

Warning: Video is NSFW