Real Friends (Kanye West song)

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"Real Friends"
Kanye West - Real Friends cover art.jpg
Promotional single by Kanye West featuring Ty Dolla Sign
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released January 8, 2016
Format Streaming
Recorded 2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11

"Real Friends" is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring vocals from fellow rapper Ty Dolla Sign. 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]

Critical reception[edit]

"Real Friends" received universal acclaim 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", and commented on the lyrical content by writing that Kanye "waxes poetic about trust issues and reflects on how he could be a better BFF and family man."[4]

Pitchfork listed "Real Friends" on their ranking of the 100 best songs of 2016 at number 14.[5]


In January 2016, singer Erykah Badu released a remix of the track titled "Trill Friends" which was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork.[6] Rapper Waka Flocka Flame also released his own remix version of the song in April 2016.[7]


Chart (2016) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 78
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[9] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 92
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 34
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[12] 25


  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 June 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ 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. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2016". Pitchfork Media. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Paul, A (January 12, 2016). "Erykah Badu "Trill Friends"". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hear Waka Flocka Flame Rap Over Kanye West's "Real Friends"". The Fader. April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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