Monica Drops New Single “Friends” With Ty Dolla $Ign

New Monica comin’ thru.

“Friends,” the R&B icon’s first song in two years, features Ty Dolla $ign. Tasha Catour (Tinashe, Lecrae) produced the acoustic track, on which the two demonstrate their chemistry.

“I got friends, baby / Just like you / They don’t understand / What we going through,” she sings.

Monica introduced the tune last month at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

“Friends” is the newest song from Monica’s upcoming album Trenches, her first since 2005’s Code Red, which will be released this autumn under her own label, MonDeenise Music. She will release the title tune, which features Lil Baby, in August 2020.

The music video for “Friends,” which was shot in the middle of a sandstorm in the California desert, will be released next week.

Monica is also working on her debut country album, Open Roads, which is being executive produced by Brandi Carlile.