"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.
The original version was released on May 2, 2013, online, and as a digital download on May 17.
On May 31, Minaj hinted the release of a new song tweeting: "surprise, surprise...recording it tomorrow, shooting it on the 3rd..." 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, and later made it available online.
On June 17, the remix version which is now the official single version was released as a digital download through iTunes. The song was released to Urban radio stations on June 18, 2013, and was released to Rhythmic radio stations on June 25, 2013. The song was originally a remix version but was later changed as the official single.
Busta released the cover artwork for the record on June 6. 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.
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..." 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." The video premiered on July 24, 2013 on MTV2 Jams as the Jam of the Week.
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.
Shut your mouth, listen close, weh we come fi do?
Shut it down, lick a shot, blow torch a bun
Enough excitement, see them frightened, watch them boys run
Come here gal, weh yuh a do, hmmm whata gwaan?
Dun wid dat, dutty wine, Tony Matterhorn?
Bass a lick yuh, make it clap, go on go take it off
Set the trap, don’t fight you know your skin soft
Sitting on it, go on go fuck it ’til yuh broke it out
So exotic, while you suck it watch we fuck it up
So weh have it, batty big watch how mi love it up
Bend ova and spread and mek mi stick it in and bun it up
I seh mi finish wid yuh, pull up yuh pants, gwaan go get yuh friend
Dance dun, come outside, fuck inna di benz
Gyal come, enjoy di ride, watch di wey mi stick yuh
Welcome! (YUH DUN KNOW!!!!) Tek di dick yuh friend a wait fi yuh
Hold on deh, yuh man vex? Vegetate di bwoy
Shoot what? See, my gun will evaporate dat boi
Leggo dat, see how it sound QUANGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!
Level dat, down to da ground, PANGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!
Nuff a dat, yuh dun know, best a di best
Pretty gyal, whole heap a batty and whole heap a breast
Physical, how yuh a drop it no one could a test
Digital, we Instagram it ’til dem gyal a rest
When yuh see mi, 'ere weh yuh fi do
Big chain, and it heavy too!
RESPECT. How dem gwan like we nuh pave way?
Queen yah, London rate we di same way!
Come 'ere bwoy! Bowcat, oh, true yuh rich?
Weh yuh wallet? Yeh, yuh 'ave it? Mmm, gi we it!
Kartel. Beenie Man. Bounty Killa too!
Roll di weed, buss ah dutch, all rizzla too!
Bruk it out! Flip. Land pon ya head gyal!
Brooklyn. When we shoot, Net gyal!
Trinidad, and nuh James mi ah chat 'bout.
Pussyhole! Gyal ah bitter, but weh dat bout?!
And mi seh walk like a champion, swing like a stallion
Wid di two big medallion, good, yuh perfect
Show dem di action, bad gyal concoction
Cool now, relax mon, eh em, yuh nervous
Skin out and dun di place, spin ’round and show yuh face
Open, and close yuh case, or chuck, and work it
Mi seh hold on deh tek time, gyal wine yuh waistline
Follow di bassline, right now, stir it
‘Round like, a bowl of soup, ’round like a hula hoop
‘Round like yuh batty cute and do it, on purpose
Wine like a yard woman, grind like yuh numba one
Jump up, and wave yuh hand mi tink, she know
"#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. Busta said that the remix will be released the week of July 22 to 29, but it was not released until August 8. The remix does not feature Minaj.