Every few years we get a pop/rap crossover duet that centers around a ‘dangerous’ and ‘exciting’ relationship, ie. the kind that only looks good in music videos. There was Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “03 Bonnie & Clyde,” Nelly and Kelly Rowland’s “Dilemma,” Eminem and Rihanna’s “The Monster,” Katy Perry and Juicy J’s “Dark Horse” and so on. This year’s contribution is courtesy of rapper Machine Gun Kelly and Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello and their ‘love is supposed to hurt, right?’ track “Bad Things.” It’s catchy, it’s poppy, it’s dark, and now it has a new music video.
Teaming up with director Hannah Lux Davis, who worked with Fifth Harmony on “Miss Movin’ On” and their latest single “That’s My Girl,” Cabello and MGK are childhood sweethearts who spend their days hanging out in an abandoned factory and their nights stealing and racing cars. Not surprisingly, this type of behavior doesn’t lend itself well to a stable relationship, and the two fight and make up just in time to come face to face with a rooftop ledge and a line of cops with guns pulled on them.
While the music video isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, even as recently as DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You” video earlier this week, the two singers definitely show some chemistry and passion in their ode to Bonnie and Clyde, with MGK reminding viewers why he’s not only a rapper on the rise, but an actor as well.
The duo also performed “Bad Things” this week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, with with Cabello opening the dramatic rendition sitting on top of a piano.
This is Cabello’s second successful duet outside of her band duties with Fifth Harmony, having released the iHeartRadio MMVA winning “I Know What You Did Last Summer” with Shawn Mendes in 2015. The five-piece girl group is still releasing singles from their latest album 7/27, with rumours swirling that they plan to get back into the studio soon.