Give it up for Gwen Stefani! She teamed up with Saweetie for a remix of ‘Slow Clap,’ and the video felt prefer it might’ve been aired on MTV within the early 2000’s.
It’s time for an additional spherical of applause. Nearly a month after dropping the unique “Slow Clap,” Gwen Stefani returned for the remix – and she or he’s introduced Saweetie together with her! While this can be a brand new model of Gwen’s tune, which dropped out on Apr. 9, the music video is a homage to Gwen’s Y2K roots within the early days of her solo profession. Think the aesthetic of “Luxurious” visuals, however reinvented.
The setting of the video itself may be very Y2K: a health club, very like the one within the 2000 movie Bring It On. Throughout the video, Gwen rocks spunky health club outfits that might’ve match proper in among the many costumes within the early aughts cheerleader film: varsity quantity tops, tiny health club shorts, tube socks and fish web tights. She additionally wears massive gold hoop earrings, which have been her signature in her “Luxurious” period — that tune got here out in 2004, FYI. Gwen’s backup dancers even sport cropped tees that say “Anaheim,” one other manner the video winks at Gwen’s roots (Gwen grew up within the Orange County metropolis).
Saweetie joins the health club put on theme, beautiful in outfits like a cropped pink tee and sizzling shorts coated in glittery neon pink stars. But the video isn’t completely only one nostalgic throwback, which Saweetie makes clear by singing, “I ain’t no Hollaback Girl.” They later change out of their health club garments to leap into the air in couture robes as they sing about going from “underdog” standing to being at “the top of the world.”
“Slow Clap” was launched on March 11, roughly 4 months after Gwen kicked off her return to music with “Let Me Reintroduce Myself.” The latter was her first non-Holiday, solo authentic music since 2016. The tune was accompanied by a video that includes a gaggle of Gwens, every dressed from a distinct period in her expansive profession. There was a No Doubt “Just A Girl” video Gwen, a “Hollaback Girl” Gwen, a “Don’t Speak” Gwen, and a fashionista (aka 1998 MTV VMAs purple carpet) model of her, all vying for the highlight. Both “Let Me Reintroduce Myself” and “Slow Clap” obtained typically constructive opinions, with Sam Damshenas of Gay Times calling the latter Gwen “at her absolute best.”
Gwen informed Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that the tune was impressed by “all those movies from the eighties where you get clapped back to life. Like yes, ‘you’re not the underdog. You’re an awesome person.’ And I feel like it’s that thing that happens to us through our life. It starts in high school where you feel like you don’t fit in, and then sometimes your weirdness actually is what makes you so special, and so the song is kind of about that.” Gwen additionally spoke about her upcoming album, saying she does have an concept of what the title goes to be, and the she “did actually shoot he artwork for it.”
“It feels like we’re at the edge of maybe, a little bit of a relief of what we were in before,” she mentioned when discussing creating within the time of COVID. “It feels like we’re kind of in a new place, so basically all I have to do is just try to write new music every day. That’s kind of the zone I’m in right now, but what’s so great about now is you can put music out and write at the same time, that’s just like, that’s the new school, and we didn’t have that before so it’s kind of exciting. It’s not such a big deal anymore. It’s a big deal, but it’s like you can share it faster and not worry about it as much. It’s fun.”
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) April 8, 2021
For Saweetie, this “Slow Clap” remix heralds what is likely to be her yr. After breaking via in 2018 with “Icy Girl,” which landed her a take care of Warner Records, she’s been constructing buzz with hits like “My Type,” “Tap In,” and her collab with Doja Cat, “Best Friend.” 2021 will see Saweetie drop her debut studio album, Pretty Bitch Music. It was initially set for 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it again. The album focuses on “exponential growth and producing artistry,” she informed Gal-dem, including that she “wants people to have fun, to feel sexy [and] confident,” but additionally thinks it’s necessary to point out an instance of ladies “being about your business.” This teaming with Gwen will probably introduce Saweetie to a brand new viewers, proper in time for Pretty Bitch Music’s launch.