By: Zoe Hines
Founder of Ballistic Sounds.
Sy Ari the Kid and Tink collaborate for an engaging track called “Frenemies”. This track describes the different assumptions each partner has about a romantic relationship. The two artists’ delivery and the way they assemble their verses to tell a story is intriguing. A vision starts to form in the listener’s head as they listen to Sy Ari the Kid spit the first set of bars on the mellow melody and beat. He explains his side of the story, describing how his girl shouldn’t listen to her friends who can’t even hold down a lover themselves. Because she listens to their opinions, his girl can be as cruel and low as they are. Sy Ari the Kid defends himself with the repetitive hook “what did I do, what did I do to them”. The listener sympathizes with him as they hear the hurt in his voice caused by the negative image that his girl’s crew is responsible for.
The perspective of the situation changes when Tink’s playful flow fills your ears. She expresses that her man doesn’t pay attention to her and is always “hanging with [his] guys”. Tink wants the relationship to be personal and intimate, but her man is always distracted unless they’re having sex. Sy Ari the Kid comes back with the chorus, as Tink fires back with a lyric in the background denying that the love is mutual. The last few verses depict an argument in which they both try to prove their innocence.
This song is great and relatable as it focuses on realistic issues that people face in a relationship. The track’s structure makes it as if we are watching the story unravel right in front of our eyes, captivating the listener.
Listen to "Frenemies" Here:
Review Written By: Zoe Hines