On Tuesday (April 6), music superstar and The Voice coach Gwen Stefani teased her upcoming “Slow Clap” video + single combo that features that “Tap In” rapper.
“u didn’t think we’d leave u without a music video, did u?!” Gwen Stefani wrote on Instagram while pumping the Friday (April 9) release date.
For her part, Saweetie echoed the promotion on her Instagram writing, “ @gwenstefani “SLOW CLAP” feat. me dropping this Friday 4/9 I KNOW DAS RIGHTTT,” with an assortment of party emojis.
The video teaser smells like “Hollaback Girl” spirit, depicting both artists in a sports locker room setting.
Saweetie has also been keeping busy curating up-and-coming talent such as Drakeo The Ruler and Bbyafrika for her Pretty Summer Playlist, also dropping on Friday.
Before immortalizing her celebrity as a coach on music competition show The Voice in 2014, Gwen Stefani ensured her music legacy as the lead vocalist for multi-platinum 90s rock band (technically ska; look it up) No Doubt before embarking on an identically lauded solo career in 2004.
Throughout her ascension in the rock world, she famously won a Grammy in 2002 working with Hip Hop elite Dr. Dre and Eve for the song “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” The distinction marked the first-ever Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy Award and its video countdown-dominating visual owes its status to a bit of bad luck.
In a March 2021 interview with HipHopDX, Eve recalled how she accidentally set her hair on fire ahead of the “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” video — and she hadn’t even met her future Grammy co-winner yet!
“I burnt my hair off trying to color my hair red for the fucking photo shoot,” Eve vented, harkening on the pressures of a rap star circa 2001.
And despite the chaos, the collaboration proved to be a classic.
“I remember picking her brain — and I’ve told this story before — but we only met face-to-face on the set of the video of ‘Blow Ya Mind.’ We didn’t record it together, we only talked on the phone and there was so much there.
Fast forward to the present day and similar chaos, colored hairstyles and all-around cool factor still revolve around a female rap star’s world.
Check back for Friday’s New Music Friday to hear the Gwen Stefani and Saweetie “Slow Clap” collaboration.