If you’re reading this, you probably know that Camila Cabello left the girl group Fifth Harmony nearly a year ago to start her own solo career—but for anyone who didn’t see the news, the 20-year-old singer has two new songs to hit the point home: She’s out on her own, and she’s all grown-up. Well, kind of.
Today, Cabello shared two tracks off her upcoming self-titled debut solo album, “Real Friends” and “Never Be The Same.” The first one kind of reminds me of a Drake song, what with its fixation on discerning real friends from those who perpetually let you down. It’s sneaky, however, in its aim; it could seen as a dig at her former bandmates in Fifth Harmony, or more generally at the culture of celebrity in the music industry.
“Never Be The Same” focuses instead on an irresistible romance, one that Cabello likens to hard drugs and addiction. In the pre-chorus, she sings:
Just like nicotine, heroin, morphine
Suddenly, I’m a fiend and you’re all I need
All I need, yeah, all I need
The first thing that most singers usually do they leave a popular girl/boy band, or more generally when they are trying to leave behind their teen-friendly persona, is try to show you how mature they are—by making references to how much sex they have, how cool they are with drugs now, and how unfazed they are by swearing. Ex-One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik had “PILLOWTALK”, Lindsay Lohan had “Rumors”, Miley Cyrus had “Can’t Be Tamed” and years later followed it up with her VMAs appearance with Robin Thicke and her album Bangerz.
Cabello doesn’t have to go all bad-girl to be successful, but casually dropping “heroin” into a list of drugs you’re comparing your lover to in a song is pretty up there on the list of “I’m an adult now” transformations we’ve seen. Maybe not the best move?