The first time we heard “vicious” was barely three weeks ago when teen bedroom-pop prodigy Tate Mcrae dropped a raw, home-recorded version on her YouTube channel. This girl clearly works fast, because not only has she now released a fully produced version of the song, but she’s roped in fellow rising teen star Lil Mosey, and churned out an animated lyric video to boot.
“vicious” is cut from her upcoming EP which is due later this year, and it’s a fiery, vengeful ode to a toxic relationship. “Last kiss leave your lips blood red/ Burning bridges, breaking dishes, look you made me something… vicious,” she croons over an implosive, thudding beat. Vulnerability meets girl power in the simplest of ways.
Lil Mosey slides in to deliver some ultra-produced rap bars, lending an even slicker edge to the track as a whole. He’s another of those teen stars headed straight for the top – with a debut which spawned his double platinum single “Noticed” before he even turned 18.
The lyric video, shot by McRae in her bedroom, is a combination of iPhone footage and comic-esque animation which sees her morph into her super-heroine counterpart. This is her first time dabbling in more bad-ass realms, taking a stab at cutting some nasty feelings clean off the bone, and she does pretty damn well.