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Taylor Swift Explores Rougher Side of Nashville With Rapper B.o.B in ‘Both of Us’ Video

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Country music superstar Taylor Swift shows rapper B.o.B the grittier side of Nashville in the brand new video for ‘Both of Us,’ the pair’s cross-genre collaboration currently scaling the pop charts. Directed by Jake Nava, the clip was filmed in Music City in mid-June, giving a visual of the singer that was released as part of the rapper’s latest album, ‘Strange Clouds.’

Swift steps away from her usual glamorous persona in order to stay true to the song’s real life lyrics. The video finds the country singer hanging out in a dive pool hall, with shots of Nashville’s slums sprinkled throughout the video. The rapper brings his own personal struggles as an aspiring musician to the track, rapping, “To every single time that they play this song, you can say that that’s what Bobby Ray wrote for us.”

The new collaboration is Swift’s third consecutive mainstream crossover hit, following ‘Eyes Open’ and ‘Safe and Sound,’ her contributions to the  wildly popular ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack. Swift is taking a hiatus from country radio as she continues to work on her fourth studio album, due out later this year.

As of late, Swift has been splitting her time between her own studio and others, making music with Mark Foster of Foster the People and British rocker Ed Sheeran, as well as pop heartthrob Justin Bieber, in addition to this joint effort with B.o.B.

Last fall, Swift invited the ‘Airplanes’ rapper to join her onstage at her Dallas concert, and it seems their friendship has only flourished since first meeting.

Did Swift and B.o.B effectively portray the song’s gritty lyrics in their new video? Let us know!

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