I love me some Chlöe, and overall I like this song.. I just wish Nayvadius would have stayed home that day.
It’s been a long time coming and I know Chlöe is somewhere celebrating now that her debut solo album, In Pieces, has finally been released. The singer has emerged from her Chloe x Halle sister duo, proving to be a formidable contender on her own as well. Her singles “How Does It Feel” with Chris Brown and “Have Mercy” have taken over my playlists, and “Cheatback” featuring Future definitely may make it’s way on over as well. To support the record, Chlöe shared the visual to “Cheatback” with a guest appearance by Joey Bada$$. While Future plays the part of the unfaithful boyfriend, Joey swoops in as the lover who may do her right.
On the track, she sings about dusting herself off after being betrayed and seeking revenge: “I’m not gonna cry anymore, I’m not gonna wait up at night, I’m not gonna answer your calls/ Whenever you’re down, I’m not gonna bleach your clothes, I’m not gonna do you like that/ What I really, really want is to cheat back, find another boo from the hood with some tats/ Give him what’s yours, show him I can throw it back, maybe then, baby, you’ll know how to act, If I cheat back.”
In many ways, the visual compliments the message of the song. It shows the singer partying the night away while Future makes it rain in a strip club. The stripped-down track is carried by an acoustic guitar, eliciting feelings of vulnerability that complement Chlöe’s lyrics. The singer is known for her sexy songs and moves to match, and it’s been a love-hate relationship with fans. Some believe Chlöe is overdoing it with her sex appeal, while others are happy to see her coming into her own.
Future comes on and showcases a vulnerable response of his own (which is interesting to hear from one of the kings of toxic), singing from the strip club as dollars cascade down on him: “The beauty of you, that’s what do it for me / No one above you, girl, you the best / Should’ve never let you down, feelin’ embarrassed.”
Overall, “Cheatback” is a solid track, as is Chlöe’s project as a whole. Take a look at the video for yourself and let us know your thoughts. ISSA BOP OR ISSA FLOP?