David Guetta – Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon

Play Hard is an electro house, dance-pop, and hip-house song by the French DJ David Guetta. It was released in 2013 and recorded in 2012. The song is part of the DJ’s fifth album, Nothing but the Heat. Play Hard was released under Virgin, EMI France, and Parlophone labels. Here is everything you need to know about the song written by Shaffer Smith, Aliaune Thiam, David Guetta, and Eelke Kalberg.

How to Download David Guetta – Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon

You can download the song from a digital store such as Amazon Music or Apple Music – click on the Download button that is located below this review. If you like David Guetta, check out also our reviews of Hey Mama, TitaniumSay My Name, and Goodbye.

The Song Review

Play Hard by David Guetta – a Video interpretation

The participants in the music video comprise of a Latino population. We are introduced to expert camera work, dance rounds, and a rodeo show. Twerking, walking in impossible shoes, and unibrows are also included in the Play Hard music video. The background extras are engaging in regular activities until David Guetta shows up. The extras turn into performers, with the leading clapping his hands and looking at the camera.

The video manages to stand out among the overly sexualized visuals. There are no women in bikinis, dancing and showing off their curves. Play Hard incorporates the featured artists rather than them dancing behind the lead singer. Everyone looks part of the same journey and supports a mutual point of view.

Play Hard by David Guetta – the Meaning of the Lyrics

Play Hard showcases Ne-Yo’s lyrical talents. David Guetta was shocked to see the lyrics come together so fast with the talented music artists. The lyrics combine urban music with the electro genre. The song has a singular idea. It provokes us to play hard to get, for the lovers to seek us instead of the other way around. The focal concept is reiterated with over-the-top EDM production too.

Unfortunately, the grammar, semantics, and wordplay make it difficult to understand what the artists are trying to convey. However, we can assure you the meaning is very important. The loud music will please your ears, so you can stop missing boring music.

Listen to Play Hard

The tunes take an interesting approach to unconventional music genres. Even though the lyrics are confusing and unsure, the song will certainly provoke you to dance. However, play it at a lower volume to not disturb anyone.

About David Guetta

The artist was born in Paris in 1967 to a restaurant owner. His Moroccan father practiced Judaism, while his mother was a Belgian. David Guetta explored music while working at the gay club. He was very curious about the development of new music forms and wanted to study them further. Therefore, he moved to America to continue his dream of becoming a musician.

David Guetta always knew that music changes according to time and trends. His earlier experiments included playing acid music at his house. The music was very unpopular in France and severely confused the listeners too.

David Guetta became a word recognized music producer and DJ with hard work and dedication to his hard. He worked with Akon, Sia, and Usher. David Guetta’s talents were recognized when he DJed at nightclubs in Paris in the 1980s. David Guetta opened his record company Gum Productions in 2001 before releasing his first album the next year.

David Guetta - Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon
Play Hard is a song written by the famous French DJ Pierre David Guetta (1967). It features vocals from Shaffer Chimere Smith (1979) and Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (1973). Download it now.
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David Guetta - Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon Review Summary

  • The artists attempt to connect with the audience by looking directly into the camera
  • The out-of-the-box thinking is appreciated with inclusive extras
  • The song does not sexualize women or skin
  • The lyrics are difficult to understand
  • The music genres are not for everyone, which leads to individualistic interpretation
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Zubair Noor

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