Baby Queen has shared her emotional new single, ‘These Drugs’, which examines the harsh reality of the morning after rather than celebrating the highs that came from the night before.
It was only last May when Baby Queen released her debut single, ‘Internet Religion’, which solidified an emphatic arrival and made people quickly take notice. Since then, she has continued to go from strength to strength with each release, starting 2021 with the sizzling new single ‘Raw Thoughts’. However, ‘These Drugs’ sees the singer take things down a few notches and offers a slice of momentary reflection from Baby Queen, who continues to show that there are many facets to her character with her latest track.
She brutally sings on the honest track, “It’s a band-aid on a broken arm, It’s a siren sounding out alarm, A fucked-up version of self-harm, And it’s louder than a cry for help, When I destroy my mental health, Because I don’t respect myself.”
“I wrote this song when I was in a really bad place which was characterized mostly by this idea that I wasn’t a good person and didn’t deserve good things,” Baby Queen explains. “I think for so long, there were so many parts of myself that I was refusing to acknowledge or pay attention to, and when you ignore your own pain or refuse to face up to your mistakes, you can get yourself into a self-destructive cycle, which is ultimately what ended up happening. I think escapism is necessary, and we all find our escape in different places, but some are just healthier than others.
The singer continued: “I knew I was taking a risk when I decided to be so uncomfortably honest in these lyrics, but I also knew I had to share this story with people because we all have a monkey on our back and self-destruction is a stranger to nobody. I really want people to know that there is a better life waiting for them should they choose it. If you can learn to like yourself and learn to understand and accept every part of yourself (even the darkest ones), then you won’t feel the need to run away. You really do have the strength to build the life you want to live, and I think I can be proof of that to somebody.”
The track isn’t the anthemic beast that we have grown accustomed to by Baby Queen. Whilst sonically ‘These Drugs’ is cut from a more sombre cloth than previous singles, that precious honest, unfiltered lyricism remains. This skill has become her greatest asset and seeps into all her work, which is offered up more than ever on the new single.