Wyclef Jean Welcomes Pressure To Top ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ With Shakira

The producer thinks their 'natural chemistry' will come through on She Wolf tracks.

With one of the more successful collaborations in radio history under her belt, it’s only natural that Latin crossover queen [artist id="504144"]Shakira[/artist], would return to working with her old friend [artist id="1162"]Wyclef Jean[/artist] for her forthcoming album, She Wolf, due out this fall.

When MTV News caught up with Wyclef in his New York recording studio recently, he conceded that yes, the pressure was on for their new material. After all, their 2006 hit “Hips Don’t Lie” landed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, spent 25 weeks on the chart, has over 2 million digital downloads and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

“I mean, you know, unfortunately my life is based around pressure,” Jean said. “But you gotta treat it like Kobe Bryant, you know? Just go in and play the best game you can. And if you don’t make it to the championship this year, you’ll be back next year.”

Of course, the chemistry between the two artists certainly makes it easier to cook up a monster hit. The pair forged a friendship over the course of the “Hips” recording sessions. They shared experiences of their childhood in the developing world, as well as of becoming two of the most commercially successful champions of global music.

“I have a natural chemistry with Shakira,” Wyclef explained. “I love the Latin vibe. The Lebanese vibe. I love the multicultural aspect of the CD. These days it’s hard for you to pick up a CD and love it from beginning to end. Shakira represents that 360 degrees of: You put it in, and the whole CD rocks.”

The exact number and titles of the tracks Wyclef produced for She Wolf have yet to be confirmed. Pharrell Williams, John Hill and RedOne have also been named as producers on the album. Hill produced the album’s first single, “She Wolf,” which was co-written by the Bravery’s Sam Endicott.