Monica enlists Ty Dolla $ign for her new single, “Friends.” On the acoustic track, the two sing about refusing to allow their circle of friends interfere with their relationship.
“I got friends, baby / Just like you / They don’t understand / What we going through,” Monica sings.
Monica debuted the song during her performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert last month.
The visuals for “Friends,” which was shot in the middle of the California desert during a sandstorm, is set to premiere next week. To whet fans appetite, the R&B veteran teased the music video on Instagram.
“Friends” is the latest single from Monica’s upcoming album, Trenches, due this fall. Additionally, Monica has been recording her first country album, Open Roads. The forthcoming studio album is executive produced by Brandi Carlile.
“I grew up loving country music and my stepfather, who raised me, is a Methodist minister, but he also drove buses, and he would take us to Nashville, Gatlinburg and Dollywood in Tennessee,” Monica told Billboard. “I became a really big fan of Dolly Parton at about eight or nine years old. That was my real introduction to country music.”
“I started listening to the depth of the songs and the fact that they were unafraid to say whatever it was they felt. I felt like this was a great time for me to really step into an area that I’ve always admired and loved.”