Shakira featuring Lil Wayne, "Give It Up To Me"

68 Billboard Rating

The second single from Shakira's upcoming "She Wolf" finds the Latin star favoring hip-hop beats over her signature brand of international pop. On "Give It Up to Me," the ever-present Lil Wayne knocks out another witty guest verse over Timbaland's Middle Eastern-tinged production. Shakira, meanwhile, relays an alluring, yet oddly submissive message: "You can have it all/Anything you want you can make it yours," she sings over hand claps and pounding bass. "Put me in a cage and lock me away/And I'll play the games that you want me to play." The singer's undulating vocals, quirky yet sensual, hint to her past hits but feel somewhat out of step with Wayne's wordplay and Timbaland's production. While "Give It Up to Me" is sexy and danceable, Shakira's flirtation with a different genre ultimately obscures her own unique style.-Kelsey Paine