|Released||June 6, 2013|
|Recorded||June 1, 2013 (New York City)|
|Genre||Hip hop, reggae, dance-hall|
|Label||Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|Writer||Trevor Smith, Pharrell Williams, Onika Maraj|
|Single release||June 18, 2013|
|Video release||July 24, 2013|
"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 Minaj, 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.
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.
- Minaj references her home country of Trinidad and/or her Trinidadian heritage in numerous other songs including "Beam Me Up Scotty", "Beautiful Sinner", "Trini Dem Girls", "Flawless (Remix)", "Rake It Up", "Miami" and "Woman Like Me".
- Minaj raps with a Jamaica Patois accent in numerous other songs including "Gun Shot", "Run Up", "Goodbye" and "Touch Down (Remix)".
|Premiere||July 24, 2013|
|Filmed||June 3, 2013|
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.
Behind the scenes
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.
|United States||May 17, 2013||Digital download||Original version|
|June 6, 2013||Radio premiere||Official version|
|June 17, 2013||Digital download|
|June 25, 2013||Rhythmic radio|
"Twerk It" (Busta Rhymes ft. Nicki Minaj) [Explicit]
Shut your mouth, listen close, weh we come fi do?
I seh mi finish wid yuh, pull up yuh pants, gwaan go get yuh friend
Dance dun, come outside, fuck inna di benz
When yuh see mi, 'ere weh yuh fi do
And mi seh walk like a champion, swing like a stallion
Wid di two big medallion, good, yuh perfect
"#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.