Released on Wednesday (Oct. 11), “Deserve” offers up sensual, harmonizing vocals and mellow raps from the pair to create trap-laden banger built to be played in clubs around the world. The new single is Wu’s first English-language single of the year, his second along with “Juice,” a tie-in song released as part of the xXx: Return of Xander Cage soundtrack. Upon its release, “Deserve” shot to No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart.
In an interview with Beats 1, Wu revealed that he and Scott actually recorded “Deserve” in studio together, despite usually being continents apart. “I’m based out still in China, in Beijing, but I try to fly out every time when I make music,” said Wu, after revealing the duo recorded the track in Los Angeles. “I think it’s so important that you want to be in the room with these people making music together, because that’s what it’s all about. Especially hip-hop music, because you have to be vibing.”
Wu also revealed in in the interview that he plans to drop his debut album in 2018.
After getting his start in the K-pop industry as a member of EXO, Wu became a prominent player in the Chinese entertainment industry as both a singer and actor, and recently has turned his focus to the English-language market to further his career as a globally recognized star. Along with appearing in the xXx film, he also had a role in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and will appear in the acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai’s upcoming Blossoms.
Listen to the official audio of “Deserve” below: