Real Friends

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"Real Friends"
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Promotional single by Kanye West
ReleasedJanuary 6, 2016
Recorded2015-2016
GenreHip-Hop
Length4:11
LabelGOOD Music


"Real Friends" is the twelfth track on Kanye West's seventh album, The Life of Pablo. Originally recorded for So Help Me God, the song has Kanye rapping about past friendships and the conditions of his relationships with both his friends and his family with the song having an introspective viewpoint. It was a promotional single for the album.

The song interpolates "Friends" by Whodini and samples Frank Dukes' "Couches" for the beat.











Released Versions[edit]

Title Length Released Version Additional info
Real Friends 4:11 The Life of Pablo Studio
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Real Friends [G.O.O.D Fridays] 5:21 Single Studio The version released as part of the 2016 G.O.O.D Fridays series. Features a snippet of No More Parties In LA. Released on January 8, 2016














Unreleased Versions[edit]

Title Length Version Additional info
Real Friends [feat. Leon Thomas III] 0:15 Snippet A version that features Leon Thomas III, i.e Andre from the Nickelodeon show Victorious. A snippet was posted by TheSource in July 2020. Was recorded in 2015 according to Alek
Real Friends [Solo] 4:25 Demo A solo version that has no Ty Dolla $ign, solo Kanye vocals in place of Ty's and differences in the instrumental. Leaked on August 10, 2020
Real Friends [feat DMX & Ty Dolla $ign] 4:45 Remix Remix featuring DMX. Leaked on December 2017