Featuring: Lil Wayne
"Push" is a song from the Enrique Iglesias album Insomniac. The song features the artist Lil Wayne and is Iglesias's first collaboration with a rap artist. The single went 2x platinum in Russia with 400,000 copies sold.
Two different versions of the song leaked onto the internet, an instrumental and an acapella version that featured an extended rap from Lil Wayne. The full version of Lil Wayne's rap was used in a remix of Britney Spears's song "Gimme More". Despite it not being an official remix it was mistakenly viewed as such by magazines such as Blender and received much exposure throughout the internet. A poll on Iglesias's MySpace had "Push" come second place to his 2001 hit "Hero" in a list of songs to be added to the music player. Shortly after Iglesias's management decided to test the song on a number of radio stations throughout the US, a list of the eleven radio stations were the song has been added appeared on both Iglesias's official website as well as his MySpace. The song has once again been added to Iglesias Myspace page. The song was officially confirmed as the third US single on both Iglesias's website and his Myspace page.
The song was added to the soundtrack to the movie Step Up 2: The Streets. The version that appears on the film soundtrack did not feature Lil Wayne. A limited release of the album did however feature a San Francisco-based rapper called Prophet. It was both these versions that were to be released as singles. Iglesias debuted the version of the song with Prophet on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on KIIS-FM on the 6th of February. The same week Iglesias performed the song on Live with Regis and Kelly and The Tonight Show, promoting the Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack.
The song debuted on Billboard 's Pop 100 chart at 86. The song's video was rejected by MTV due to its explicitness with the music station asking for a less gratutitous re-edit. The song and video was supposed to go for adds on radio and premiere on MTV on the February the 14th but this did not happen. The song was also removed from the list of official singles from the Step Up 2: The Streets soundtrack, suggesting the song was to longer be a single. The music video did eventually premiere on Yahoo! Music on February 29 with an addition. With ties to movie cut they could once again use Lil Wayne's vocals despite him not being in the original video. The video has so far only been aired on the channel Mun2 on a week dedicated to Iglesias. It has also aired on some foreign television channels. The original version which features Wayne features on some foreign versions of Iglesias's Greatest Hits album as well as being a bonus track on the digital release of Greatest Hits on the U.S. iTunes Store.
The music video was directed by Billy Woodruff and features both Iglesias and the Step Up 2: The Streets main actors Robert Hoffman and Briana Evigan reprising their roles in an underground club setting.