Real Friends (song)

"Real Friends"
Promotional single by Kanye West featuring Ty Dolla $ign from the album The Life of Pablo
Released January 8, 2016
Format Streaming
Recorded 2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11
The Life of Pablo track listing

"Real Friends"

"Real Friends" is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring vocals from fellow rapper Ty Dolla $ign. It was released as a promotional single from West's seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, on January 8, 2016, as part of West's GOOD Fridays program.


On January 8, 2016, Kim Kardashian, West's wife, announced via Twitter the release of "Real Friends", The Life of Pablo's actual first single, will initiate the return of West's GOOD Fridays program.[1] West has previously done a weekly free music giveaway leading up to the release of his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "Real Friends" was released the day it was announced via SoundCloud simultaneously with the album's (then titled Swish) release date and a snippet of the forthcoming GOOD Friday release, titled "No More Parties in LA", which features guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar.[2][3]

Critical reception

"Real Friends" received strongly positive reviews from music critics. At Pitchfork, Jonah Bromwich awarded the song the "Best New Track" tag, labeling it as "heavy, grizzled, and sad" and complimenting its production and lyrical content.[3] Adelle Platon of Billboard called the song's beat "dreamy", commenting that "[Kanye] waxes poetic about trust issues and reflects on how he could be a better BFF and family man."[4]


In January 2016, singer Erykah Badu released a remix of the track titled "Trill Friends" which was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork.[5] Rapper Waka Flocka Flame also released his own remix version of the song in April 2016.[6]


Chart (2016) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 78
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 92
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 34


  1. "Kim Kardashian Hints Kanye West Will Drop New Music Every Friday, Starting Today | News". Pitchfork. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  2. "Kanye West Announces Swish Release Date | News". Pitchfork. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Bromwich, Jonah (January 8, 2016). "Kanye West: "Real Friends"". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  4. Platon, Adelle (January 8, 2016). "Kanye West Releases 'Real Friends,' Previews 'No More Parties In L.A.' Feat. Kendrick Lamar". Billboard. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  5. Thompson, Paul, A (January 12, 2016). "Erykah Badu "Trill Friends"". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 15, 2016.
  6. "Hear Waka Flocka Flame Rap Over Kanye West's "Real Friends"". The Fader. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  7. "Archive Chart: 2016-04-14" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  8. "Kanye West – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kanye West. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  9. "Kanye West – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Kanye West. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
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