February 7, 2017


Carly Rae Jepsen Recorded a Rap Verse, Says It Was 'Terrifying'

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2017 is starting off on a weird-yet-awesome note for Carly Rae Jepsen. The Emotion singer is set to remake Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's 1988 hit "It Takes Two" with Lil Yachty and producer Mike Will Made-It for an upcoming Target-sponsored music video. And our girl apparently drops a blazing, fire verse for the track.

"I was like, 'This is too weird to say no to!'" Jepsen told Entertainment Weekly, who premiered a clip of the upcoming remake. She went on:

"I got a late-night phone call from my A&R person, who was like, 'We're missing one verse, and they're wondering if you wouldn't mind writing a rap and coming in and recording it tonight?' I was like, 'Uh, you guys realize I don't rap, right? That sounds crazy.'"

The singer said how the experience was "one of the most intimidating moments of my career," but it was ultimately positive: "Being in the room with Mike Will and Yachty and 16 other friends of theirs just partying. They're like, 'Alright, go perform your first-ever rap in front of actual professional rappers!' There’s nothing more terrifying than that. But they were really helpful." Listen to a preview of the track below:

Carly Rae adds that it's not her official rap debut ("I’m not calling it a rap! In no way am I claiming this is a rap") but instead shares that the verse will be more of "a rhythmic girlie moment in the number...a funny little verse."

The video will air as a three-minute commercial spot during the GRAMMYs telecast on Sunday, Feb. 12, similar to how Gwen Stefani premiered her live "Make Me Like You" live music video with Target last year.

Next up, watch a throwback interview of a young Jepsen talking about her songwriting process: