Vanessa Hudgens has come a long way since her High School Musical days!

The Spring Breakers star is showing off her sexy side once again in YLA's "$$$ex" music video.  And this time, she's doing so both on and off the camera. 

In the provocative music video, Vanessa sings lead vocals on the thumping dance tune, which she first released with the L.A.-based group in March to promote Spring Breakers. She also codirected the entire production.

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It was just three weeks ago that the 24-year-old joined YLA's five members, including her best friend, Laura New, for a marathon 12-hour shoot in a friend's basement in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

"The video is '90s-inspired, gritty, with  a vision of crazy lights and colors," Vanessa tells E! News. "It's so different than everything else out there. I love it!"

"We all wanted a retro feel to it," YLA singer Laura New explains. "Then Vanessa had some really great ideas, and we all went for it…She got behind the camera and was fixing lights and made it happen."

"It's empowering to work with five women who know what they want and go after it," Vanessa says. "It was such a blast."

And it definitely looks like they had fun making it, too!

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