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"Bounce" is a song recorded by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea for her debut album, The New Classic appearing on the deluxe edition.

Background Edit

With the song, Azalea wanted to showcase a fun side to herself and her artistry, and to offset the seriousness of her previous single, "Work". "Bounce" was written as "something light and fun for the summer" and a "festival anthem" about celebration. Azalea also wanted "to see how the pop-rap thing would go". She recorded the track in early 2013, when she was on tour with Nas in London. Olatunji recorded background vocals for the track with Azalea at Grove Studios in London. The song was mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at The Mix Spot in Los Angeles, with assistance from Kyle Ross.

Azalea found "Bounce" to be different from her previous releases and the most commercial song on The New Classic. She initially felt that it was a risky choice for a single, and consulted Nas regarding the decision; "With 'Bounce,' I was like, 'It's a pop record. I don't know.' [Nas] was like, 'Just fucking do it. It's something different. It's one song, what's the big deal?' I couldn't believe Nas was telling me to do a hip-pop record." Azalea also did not intend to include the song on The New Classic, believing that it strayed too far from the album's musical and lyrical themes, but her record label convinced her otherwise and it was included as one of the album's three bonus tracks.The song was later included in the main track listing of the album's reissue, Reclassified.

Critical reception and successEdit

The song was generally well received by music critics, and was compared to American recording artist Ke$ha and Dutch band 2 Unlimited.

"Bounce" was more successful than Azalea's previous single ("Work") in the United Kingdom, reaching number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. It made the top ten in Scotland and on the UK R&B Chart, and charted in Australia, Belgium and Ireland. The song's popularity was enhanced by a DJ Green Lantern remix for the soundtrack of the American film, Vampire Academy in (2014).

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Bounce", directed by Japanese-American directing team BRTHR (Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman), was filmed in Mumbai. The video featured Azalea performing traditional Indian dances at a Holi celebration, riding an elephant through the streets of Mumbai and wearing a traditional sari. It was nominated for an mtvU Woodie Award.

Lyrics Edit

[Intro]
Make it bounce
Make it bounce
Make it bounce

[Verse 1]
I don't wanna hurt ya, but I'm about to work ya
Watch your mouth, drop real low
I'm turning you up, I'm burning the clutch
Full speed, both feet to the floor, feet to the floor
DJ running that back once more, time to party, that's all I know
Grab somebody, tell 'em, "Baby, baby, baby let's go"

[Hook]
Bounce, make it, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce
Make it bounce

[Verse 2]
Iggy Iggy, gettin' 'em tipsy
Tippin' em broads, hundreds and fifties
Pullin' up, NASCAR, black car
Shittin' on everyone, sippin' whatever we feelin'
Real real good, hands to the ceiling
Dancin' we dizzy, we spinnin', we spinnin'
All about money, the night's never ending
We party 'til morning, tomorrow, we kick it

[Hook]
Bounce, make it, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Bounce, make it bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce
Make it bounce

[Verse 3]
Let ya hair down and shake that shit
Shake that shit, shake that shit
Sweat it out, go nuts in this bitch
Dip it, spin it, and watchin' my hips
I see you watchin' my hips
Crazy, move your body like Swayze
Round and round, shake it, break it, make it bounce
It's a fucking celebration, go, go, go
Girl shake ya thang like you made it, get low, low, low
Then show the good like you're wasted, po', po', po'
And spray the crowd with amazement, fo' sho, sho, sho

[Outro]
Go nuts, hands up, get crazy (we go)
Go nuts, hands up, get crazy (we go)
Go nuts, hands up, get crazy (we go)
Go nuts, hands up, get crazy
Make it, make it bounce, make it bounce, make it bounce
Go nuts, hands up, get crazy
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce
Bounce, bounce, bounce
Shake it, break it, make it bounce