Usher Discusses His “Slow Motion” Song Featuring Drake, Relationship With Nicki Minaj & More

September 12, 2014 by Danny M


Usher Discusses His Slow Motion Song Featuring Drake, Relationship With Nicki Minaj & More

Usher recently sat down with XXL for a one on one interview, which you can watch after the jump below!

During this sit down, the singer discussed how he got a Drake feature on one of his upcoming songs titled “Slow Motion” that is about relationships, performing with Nicki Minaj at the 2014 VMAs, how he got her on his “She Came To Give It To You” single, and his relationship with Nicki.

And Drake will be on one of those records. How did you guys connect?
I’ve been around him a few times. He came to Atlanta, that was the first time we were around each other. We talked about working together. Later on, I saw him in passing and I told him, “If I ever feel like I have something, I’m going to reach out to you.” I happened to be on the set of “She Came To Give It To You” and he was there. I had him listen to some of the songs that I thought were definite. I let him listen to three songs and he identified—well, actually he asked me to send him all the records. I said, “Which one do you love?” and I sent him this record called “Slow Motion.” What he’s touching on in the song is kind of personal. It’s always great for an artist to use where they are at the time as inspiration. That song is a relationship song. That all I’m gonna give you.

Something that people were talking about was Nicki Minaj’s VMA performance. You guys have a great connection on stage. What’s your relationship like with Nicki?
Me and Nicki since “Lil Freak,” it’s been a great artist relationship, every time I bring her a record or an idea. The first time it was Polow Da Don and he brought her to me. After we made that connection, I was just waiting for the right moment, waiting for the right song and also keeping my line open as well if she ever felt something that she wanted to try. When I played her “She Came To Give It To You,” she has actually worked with Pharrell and had already started that dialog. She loved it and she was on it. She was like, “Give me a couple days and I’ll get it over to you,” and she showed out.

Did you guys feel an extra urge to kill it after her VMA wardrobe malfunction? After that were you guys like, “We’re going to kill this one”?
We didn’t really speak that much. We spoke, I think in rehearsals the day of but leading up to it we didn’t have a lot of time. But thank God that she’s such a professional, she was able to fall in and understand exactly how to take her place. I think I made it easy enough for her. I just said, “Toot that booty up right here and I got it.” [Laughs]

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