The Spanish singer-songwriter confirmed the collaboration last month during an interview on Zane Lowe's Apple Music series At Home With... Rosalía described the joint as a "super-aggressive" club banger she had been working on for a minute, but was hesitant to release it during this time of crisis.
"I was like, 'This song is so aggressive' ... It has an energy, I think, that is so specific for a certain moment, that I didn't feel like it was right to release," she explained at the time. "I didn't feel like it was connected with what was going on in the world in that moment."
More than a month after the Lowe interview, Rosalía posted a snippet of the single in which La Flame is heard rapping in Spanish.
The pair previously connected on the remix of "Highest in the Room," featured on the 2019 JackBoys compilation project.
"Travis is an artist who I've admired a lot since the beginning of his career and I can't imagine a better artist to collaborate with on this song," Rosalía said in a statement announcing the collab's release on Thursday, adding that "now is the moment" to drop it due to so many people being stuck indoors amid COVID-19 closures.
"I hope 'TKN' gives you energy, makes you dance, and gives you strength if you're going through difficult times," she said.
And in further comments to Zane Lowe on Thursday, Rosalía explained that the process of bringing this top-tier collab to life started almost a year ago.
"You know that there artists that when they come into the room, everybody like gets smaller. But with Travis, it's not like that. It's not like that," she said. "Everybody flows with him, he's flowing and it's beautiful like that. And I think that he's very special and that we had a lot of fun. And also I think that he has lots of layers . . . Like, I think as an artist, what makes his art and his work so good, I think it's because he has so much layers in his personality, not just as an artist."
Scott, she added, is an "extremely talented" and "extremely smart" musician. "He's inspiring," she said, adding in some praise for his Spanish vocals.
"I really love that he wanted to sing in Spanish . . . That's historic. That's history," she said.
You can grab "TKN" now on Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and elsewhere. Up top, catch the new video, directed by CANADA.