The weekend’s here, hip-hip hooray. Make that hip-hop hooray? Not exactly. Pink, who previously teamed up with Eminem over the weaponized rock march of his 2010 Recovery album’s single-worthy “Won’t Back Down,” reunites with both Slim Shady and that track’s co-producer, analogue-leaning L.A. beatsmith DJ Khalil, on “Here Comes the Weekend,” the second track to emerge from Pink’s September 18 album The Truth About Love (via SoulCulture).
Like first video selection “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Pink ollies a punky alt-rock skateboard over blippy electronics and forceful melodies calibrated to “bludgeon you into Stockholm syndrome by December” mode. In other words, though Eminem shows up with a typically character-filled verse, throwing nods to Diddy, Urkel, and acting “like a freakin’ idiot,” we’re squarely within Pink’s pop-firebrand brand identity here — her vocals are commanding, her night-out imagery generalized but still a notch above, say, Taio Cruz, the commercial potential blinding if also blind to the Weeknd/Jamie xx/Frank Ocean ambitiousness that’s been creeping into Top 40 radio in recent years. “Here comes the weekend / Set off your sirens,” Pink repeats, pounding the alarm, ringing the alarm, and most of all, cruelly reminding a world of cubicle workers it’s only Wednesday. We haven’t even had a shit day yet!