[artist id="504144"]Shakira[/artist] has once again proved that she’s got some hip-hop cred. She hooked up with [artist id="3066140"]Kid Cudi[/artist], for the remix of her song “Did It Again,” which came out last month, and now the up-and-coming rapper appears in a video for the remix that leaked online over the weekend.
The scenes of Cudi standing in a room are cut into the original video of Shakira performing contemporary dance with a guy on a bed and relaxing in a sauna full of beautiful women. Cudi’s most elaborate verse comes about halfway through the song, after he’s spent the first part just saying “yeah” behind Shakira’s lead vocals.
He sings, “I can put you where you need to be/ You can believe that,” and raps about bringing good vibes to Shakira’s life. Then the song returns to its original images of Shakira dancing around being sexy.
“It was a collaboration between this friend of mine who’s a dancer and me. She showed me this contemporary dance piece that was produced in Iceland. So we said, ‘Hey, maybe we could do something like this for “Did It Again,” ‘ ” Shakira recently told MTV News about the Sophie Muller-directed clip. “So we brought this choreographer from Iceland from this contemporary dance company, and we worked on this piece.”
Shakira also recently talked about working with Lil Wayne on her She Wolf album, noting that in a musical landscape with no genre rules, it makes sense that she include hip-hop on her album.
“[I'm] starting to understand and assimilate and internalize hip-hop music and hip-hop influences, so I’m trying to incorporate them within my own music,” she said. “Which is a new thing in my life, and I’m completely over the moon. I’m like a kid with a new toy. I’m playing with these new ideas.”