LISTEN: Carly Rae Jepsen And Lil Yachty Cover ‘It Takes Two’
Showing off her rhyming skills, Carly Rae Jepsen threw a verse together for a cover of the 1988 hip hop classic “It Takes Two” with Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty.
The song was recorded for a commercial spot for Target which will air during the Grammys, directed by Roman Coppola. The 31-year-old Canadian pop star told EW that she got the call last minute to lay down some verses in the studio with producer Mike WiLL Made-It and couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“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?’” she says in the interview.
“I was like, ‘Uh, you guys realize I don’t rap, right? That sounds crazy.’ It was one of the most intimidating moments of my career being in the room with Mike Will and Yachty and sixteen 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.”
The singer last week teased fans on Twitter with a possible name for her new album: 99¢ dreams. Jepsen also revealed in the interview that the influences for her new record are disco-inspired – The Bee Gees, ABBA and Donna Summer.
“That would be the disco inspiration that’s leading the pack at the moment,” she said. “That said, some of the songs that have surprised me have not been in the disco realm as much. I can’t really put my finger on what it is, but that’s exciting too.”
While there is no new release date slated for the album, we can keep our eyes peeled for her Target spot during the Grammys, which air this Sunday, Feb. 12. Take a listen to a snippet of the track below: