Jack Carenza - November 15, 2023

Kota the Friend Explores ‘ME TIME’ in Soulful Collaboration with Tokyo Producer Sweet William

Photo Credit: Jimmy Le

Brooklyn-based recording artist Kota the Friend breaks new ground in his latest single ME TIME, a collaboration with Tokyo producer Sweet William. The lush and laid-back joint emphatically marks Kota’s first collaboration with a Japanese producer. 

ME TIME provides ample space for Kota’s lyrical prowess to resonate. In particular, the song delves into the artist’s commitment to self-care. And the conscious effort to prioritize personal well-being amid a budding spark with a significant female. 

Without reservation, Kota emphasizes the importance of being present with oneself, taking moments to rest and recharge. For instance, lines like “I’ve been living miles from a frown” and “All I want is peace and a good conversation” capture the track’s essence of prioritizing personal well-being. 

Sweet William’s silky, luxurious textures complement Kota’s laid-back style as he revels in the benefits of being positively selfish. The track speaks to the satisfaction derived from meeting one’s own needs. At one’s own pace. Specifically, when you find a partner who empowers you to do so. 

ME TIME adds another layer to Kota’s prolific year of features, highlighting his versatility, and willingness to work within a variety of styles. The song joins a lineup of recent collaborations, including LIL MAMA with Juls and the empowering OK with Nahko and Medicine for the People, which was released to honor World Mental Health Day.

Moreover, the new drop comes a month into Kota’s headlining national Flowers For My Friends Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the tour has taken Kota and fltbys from Pittsburgh to Dallas, San Francisco to Denver. The Flowers For My Friends Tour will conclude on Saturday, November 25th at Irving Plaza in New York City. 

Limited tickets are available for remaining stops at https://kotathefriend.com/tour/