Keith Urban is pushing the boundaries of country music by recruiting rapper Pitbull for a track on his upcoming album Ripcord.
The eyebrow-raising collaboration will be featured on “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today,” which has a sound that’s been described as “banjo fusion” by producer Jeff Bhasker. Although no one seems to know exactly what that means, it’s clear that Urban has no issue with crossing genre lines.
Pitbull, who is known for his Spanish-inspired dance anthems, will supply a rap verse in the middle of the track. “He brings a mischievous, sexy swagger to it, in a very different way,” Urban explained to Rolling Stone.
No artist has been able to successfully mix rap and country in recent years (aside from Tim McGraw and Nelly’s surprisingly tolerable “Over and Over” in 2004), so this may be the biggest risk Urban has taken in his career so far. The strange combination was apparently spawned from hours upon hours of experimenting with different sounds and artists while in the studio during the past few months.
“This is way more than I’ve ever cut before,” Urban says. “It was a lot of searching, a lot of experimenting, and when you get to work with as many people as I did, you end up with a lot of stuff.”
So will Urban’s urge to experiment pay off? Fans can judge for themselves when Ripcord is released on May 6.