If you haven’t already noticed, pop singer Taylor Swift and Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar seem to have some sort of special relationship (which you can check the progression of with this cool timeline from MTV). In a move which may have rap purists seething, the duo finally released a song together this week, along with a pretty memorable video alongside. Remixing “Bad Blood” off Swift’s multi-platinum 1989, the new version now features two guest verses from Kendrick.
The video had its epic debut at the Billboard Music Awards, at which Taylor stole the show with eight awards including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Album. Directed by Grammy award-winning visual director Joseph Kahn, it features a whole host of stars, including movie actresses Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba + Ellen Pompeo; pop singers Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams and Zendaya; and models Cindy Crawford, Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge. The video is a sort of Sin City inspired Tarantino-esque affair, featuring eccentric heroes doing battle in quick, exciting shots, watched over by Welvin The Great (aka Kendrick).
The “Bad Blood” remix is an incredibly exciting experience with Hollywood standard visuals, and we strongly recommend you click “play” on the video above (even if you’re a rap purist).