Internet sensation and sexually ambiguous singer Rebecca Black is celebrating the 11th anniversary of her song « Friday » in psychedelic style – with a hyper-pop remix of the hit single with rapper Big Freedia and other big stars. The viral music video reached 120,000 views after its premiere on Wednesday afternoon.
« I had the idea to do this remix of ‘Friday’ for years, but honestly it was also a little crazy for me to believe that someone else would want to be a part of it, » said Black, 23, in a statement.
In the somewhat melba toast party anthem from 10 years ago, the then 13-year-old black stood up for the virtues of celebrating on Friday evening. The aggressively sane music video showed her leaving class to cruise with friends and dance in civilian clothes in a club, like a typical girl next door.
The reboot, produced by Dylan Brady with 100 Gecs fame, brings the familiar format into full swing by distorting Black’s voice until it is unrecognizable, and with a sparkling synth-pop beat and throbbing Bass interwoven. Vocals from Big Freedia, the electronic duo 3OH! 3 and gendered artist Dorian Electra add to the trippy effect of the musical rework.
The TGIF element is still present. The story is slightly reworked, however, and Electra sings about « driving on the freeway » instead of the original’s premise of waiting for the bus and taking a friend’s car. After all, Black was not of legal age when « Freitag » first came out.
The revision of the music video is most evident. Black has swapped her preppy middle school wardrobe for fishnet stockings, a shiny black leather top, a spiky dog collar, and huge silver nails worthy of Wolverine from « X-Men ». And instead of riding with her, she is accompanied by angry animated clips.
Black described the collaboration as follows: “When I started talking to other artists and producers about it, I couldn’t believe how excited people were about it. I’m thrilled to have some of my favorite artists (and people) as part of this moment. “
We hope that the remix » Friday « Black brings the much-needed ending after a turbulent decade. While the 2011 song brought the then-unknown teenager to internet fame – with the video viewed nearly 150 million times – it also nearly ruined her life. In an eye-opening tweet last year, Black shared how the song made her depressed in high school and even made classmates toss her and her friends food.
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