Twerk it cover
Busta Rhymes
E.L.E. 2
Features Nicki Minaj
Released June 6, 2013
Recorded June 1, 2013 (New York City)[1]
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop, reggae, dance-hall
Length 3:51
Label Cash Money Records, Universal Republic Records
Writer Trevor Smith, Pharrell Williams, Onika Maraj
Producer Pharrell Williams
Single information
Single release June 18, 2013
Video release July 24, 2013
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"Twerk It" (stylized as #Twerkit) is a song by Busta Rhymes from his tenth studio album E.L.E 2, which features guest vocals by Nicki Minaj. The song serves as the lead single from Busta's upcoming tenth album. It was written by Trevor Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Onika Maraj, and was produced by Pharrell Williams. The song was suppose to serve as a remix, but was changed to the official version. It premiered on radio and was released online on June 6, as a digital download on June 17, officially impacted Urban radio on June 18, and Rhythmic radio on June 25. A music video for the song was shot on June 3, and premiered on MTV Jams on July 24.

Background Edit

The original version was released on May 2, 2013, online,[2] and as a digital download on May 17.[3]

On May 31, Minaj hinted the release of a new song tweeting: "surprise, surprise...recording it tomorrow, shooting it on the 3rd..."[1] It was later revealed that the recorded song was a remix of Busta Rhymes' "Twerk It." On June 6, Busta premiered the song on radio station Hot 97 with DJ Funkmaster Flex,[4] and later made it available online.[5]

On June 17, the remix version which is now the official single version was released as a digital download through iTunes.[6] The song was released to Urban radio stations on June 18, 2013, and was released to Rhythmic radio stations on June 25, 2013.[7] The song was originally a remix version but was later changed as the official single.[8]

Artwork Edit

Busta released the cover artwork for the record on June 6.[9] The artwork is almost the same as the original version cover, with the difference being the words "Featuring Nicki Minaj" and "Produced by Pharrell Williams," below the title. It features the back of a topless woman at a club dance hall with predominant blue colors.

Music video Edit

Music Video Information
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Busta Rhymes ft. Nicki Minaj - Twerk It

Premiere July 24, 2013
Filmed June 3, 2013
Director Director X
Production co
Exec. producer

The video was directed by Director X. On May 31, 2013, Minaj announced the plans of shooting a new music video, on June 3, after tweeting "recording it tomorrow, shooting it on the 3rd..."[1] although it wasn't know for which song. On June 3, it was revealed that the video shoot was for Busta Rhymes song "Twerk It."[10] The video premiered on July 24, 2013 on MTV2 Jams as the Jam of the Week.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit



Behind the scenes footage.

A behind the scenes video was released on June 19, 2013 by Minaj's friend and video producer Grizz Lee. In the footage, Minaj is seen recording her verse in the studio and shooting the video the next day, porting a studded captain's hat and twerks for the camera before shooting scenes with Busta and DJ Khaled, who gets the crew laughing with his attempt at a Jamaican accent. Pharrell also stops by the set and shares a funny moment with Nicki in the parking lot.[12]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Version
United States May 17, 2013 Digital download[3] Original version
June 6, 2013 Radio premiere[4] Official version
June 17, 2013 Digital download[6]
June 25, 2013 Rhythmic radio[7]

Lyrics Edit

Explicit version Edit

Remix Version Edit

"#Twerkit (Remix)" is a remix of Busta Rhymes song with the same name featuring Vybz Kartel, Ne-Yo, T.I., Jeremih, and French Montana, released on August 8, 2013. On June 17, Nicki confirmed that her version was suppose to be the remix, but was upgraded to the official version, and confirmed that another remix was planned to be released.[8] Busta said that the remix will be released the week of July 22 to 29,[11] but it was not released until August 8.[14] The remix does not feature Minaj.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Twitter: surprise, surprise...recording it tomorrow, shooting it on the 3rd... hahahahahhahahahahaha!!!! RRRAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!! NEW YORK!!!!!!!! Retrieved June 4, 2013
  2. New Music: Busta Rhymes – ‘Twerk It’ Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 iTunes - Music - #Twerkit - Single Busta Rhymes Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Twitter: RT @MYSTEREJONES: @funkmasterflex just went in on that @BustaRhymes joint on @HOT97 #TWERKIT!! Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  5. DJFunkFlexApp EXCLUSIVE NEW MUSIC: @BustaRhymes Feat. @NickiMinaj – Twerk It (Remix) Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 iTunes: #Twerkit (feat. Nicki Minaj) - Single Busta Rhymes Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover > Future Releases Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Twitter: To clarify, my version of twerk it is now the official. busta has yet another surprise for the remix. so go and get twerk it now =) Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  9. Twitter: #TWERKIT ft.@NICKIMINAJ #IT'SOFFICIAL Brrrrrraaaaapppp!! @OfficialDready Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. VIDEO SHOOT: Busta Rhymes — Twerk It (Remix)... Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  12. Behind the Video: Busta Rhymes f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘#Twerkit’ Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  13. Rap Genius: Busta Rhymes – Twerk It (Remix) Lyrics Retrieved June 10, 2013.
  14. New Music: Busta Rhymes f/ Vybz Kartel, Ne-Yo, T.I., Jeremih, & French Montana – ‘#Twerkit (Remix)’ Retrieved August 11, 2013.

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