After dropping their mind-bending “Get Ready” electronic dance collaboration last September, Blake Shelton and Latin American pop star Pitbull are back together for an upcoming music video — and the unlikely pair are teasing fans with a behind-the-scenes clip.
Showing the video’s two main components — hot-and-heavy action in Pitbull’s native South Florida and twangy two-stepping in the country music mecca of Nashville for Shelton — it highlights the project’s come-together theme and makes the video look just as frenetic as the wild-eyed “Get Ready” is itself.
Based on Ram Jam’s classic rock hit, “Black Betty,” the new track finds Shelton delivering the song’s “Whoa, get ready (Bam-ba-lam)” hook, while Pitbull lets the high-energy party lyrics fly — and the pair say their unexpected collab happened naturally.
“We were doing a show together in Pendleton, Oregon, if I’m not mistaken,” Pitbull explains. “We had a great time, the crowd was amazing. The next thing you know I’m in the trailer, and all of a sudden a dog runs up on me. I go to pick up the dog and say ‘Blake, what’s the dog’s name?’ He says ‘Black Betty,’ so it stayed in my mind…. We jumped on the plane and I told DJ Chino ‘Hey, don’t we got a record called “Black Betty” we can sing on?’ Sure enough, he played it for me … we been sitting on it since 2014, and now we’re shooting a music video here in Nashville in 2020. It goes to show that patience is a virtue!”
There’s no word on when the video will premiere, but it looks like both artists have high expectations for their country-meets-hip-hop experiment.
“This to me is like when Run DMC and Aerosmith did ‘Walk This Way,’” Pitbull says about the groundbreaking 1986 rap/rock crossover. “It’s got that big, statement feel to it.”