You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a mean-looking Brooklyn tough guy do the Harlem Shake to the sounds of Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U.”
Believe it or not, Miss Brit’s Neptunes-produced jam has joined the ranks of certifiable club bangers like State Property’s “Roc the Mic” and Mr. Cheeks’ “Lights, Camera, Action!” — songs that, no matter what you’re doing, you just have to hit the dance floor and wild out when the DJ throws them on.
Now producer Rodney Jerkins is out to show that the hip-hop community’s love for Britney is not a fluke. Jerkins, who did some production work on Spears’ Britney, has remixed that album’s next single, “Overprotected.”
“They needed a remix that’s crazy,” Jerkins said early last week. “I kinda had fun with it ’cause I took it old-school. It’s an old-school-type rhythm, which I think is kinda cool because it’s an element she never had, but I still gave it her edge. I was up all night rocking that joint. [It has the] same lyrics, I just reproduced the track.”
Jerkins said he’s not surprised that the pop queen has become popular in the hip-hop clubs.
“She reinvented herself,” he explained. “Everybody thought she was gonna come back with another ‘Oops! … I Did it Again,’ but she went left and came with the ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ joint, which is basically a club banger. You gotta big up people who reinvent themselves. I always said she was gonna be one of the people that’s gonna be around for a minute, because I see that in her.”
Jive Records said the Jerkins’ Dark Child remix of “Overprotected” will hit the radio in the middle of March.
For a full-length feature on Britney Spears, check out “Britney Spears: At The Crossroads”