On Thursday night at midnight, two years after the 2019 single “Motivation,” the singer-dancer released “Wild Side,” a sultry video featuring Cardi B that pushes the Fifth Harmony shooting star one step closer to being. pop sensation. Featuring Aaliyah’s standard R&B classic “One in a Million,” “Wild Side” was directed by Tanu Muino (who also directed Cardi B’s “Up”) and choreographed by Sean Bankhead.
Normani’s anticipated comeback includes Cardi B for a sultry collaboration called “Wild Side.” This Friday, July 16, the 25-year-old pop star released a gripping music video with the haunting track, showcasing Aaliyah’s 1996 classic, “One in a million,” hears the two warm up with a tantalizing ode. to its, well, wild sides:
“We can’t keep talking about it / We think about it too much / We can’t be cautious about it / I want to go crazy / Take me for a ride, boy / Show me your wild side, boy / I know it’s been a while, boy, I want to go back crazy, ”Normani croons.
As for Bardi, he appears with a verse towards the end of the track, offering bars that match his personality.
The video amplifies the single’s debts to the past: dance moves inspired by Janet’s Rhythm Nation; images reminiscent of TLC, Blaque and Missy Elliot; and a direct nod to Golden Hollywood cheerleader Debra Paget. And underneath all the pastiche is the intoxicating charisma of a star artist, a rare find these days, basking in the shadows of her ancestors.
In the video, the pair team up with Tatu Muino, the creative behind Bardi’s clip for “Up,” for a choreographed world of fashion. In particular, the ex-Fifth Harmony’s footwork shines brightly while highlighting her talent in dance. “I had already been rehearsing for about three weeks preparing for the video, when Cardi first heard the record,” Normani said in a statement for the collaboration. “She really introduced herself to me and brought this record to life simply by doing what Cardi does best.”
“Wild Side” follows the release of Normani’s solo albums, including “Motivation,” Sam Smith’s duet “Dancing with a stranger” and his collaboration with Khalid “Love Lies.”