“Psychofreak” by Camila Cabello (ft. WILLOW)
It’s safe to say that “Psychofreak” is deeper than your usual Camila Cabello fare. It isn’t so much that what is being put forth is deep in and of itself. Rather, this piece appears to be multi-subjected, on top of utilizing some pretty complex metaphors here and there.
But comprehensively put, what it generally speaks to is the vocalist being under a significant degree of psychological and emotional stress. And this appears to be the result of two primary reasons. The first verse puts forth that this is in part caused by, most simply put, the vocalist missing her ex. And this is an idea which seems to be buttressed by Willow Smith in the pre-chorus.
Meanwhile, the second verse rather instead Camila alluding to some type of less-than-ideal psychological effects of having been hard in the game “since (she) was fifteen” years old. In the process of doing so, the singer also implies that she does not have any beef with her former Fifth Harmony bandmates, as many people actually believe. In reality, this verse is actually the most metaphorical passage of the song. But overall, the vocalist gives the impression that being a music star isn’t as easy as is generally presumed.
And yes, Camila does successfully put forth that “sometimes”, all of the above has her “feeling like a psychofreak”. As the chorus further goes on to symbolically expound, more specifically it’s as if she at times feels alienated and unstable.
Facts about “Psychofreak”
“Psychofreak” marks the first collaboration between Willow Smith and Camila Cabello. This collabo is featured on the latter’s third studio album, a project entitled “Familia”. Camila is actually four years older than Willow, with the pair respectively being 25 and 21 years old as of the dropping of this track.
And of course Cabello was also down with Fifth Harmony – a very-successful girl group – for a couple of years before her own solo discography commenced in 2015. However, Willow, being the daughter of Hollywood superstars Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett, had dropped her first single (“Whip My Hair“) to much fanfare way back in 2010.
The producers of this song, Ricky Reed and Tom Peyton, also co-wrote it with the following:
- Scott Harris
The director of this track’s music video is Charlotte Rutherford.
What Camila Cabello has said about this song and her collaboration with WILLOW
According to Cabello, “Psychofreak” is a song that deals with “anxiety” and her journey in the music industry. She referred to it as being among her Top-3 favorite songs from its album (“Familia”).
In relation to her collaboration with Willow, Camila had nothing but praise for her. She referred to the collabo as a pleasurable experience with an artist she has so much respect for.
When was “Pyschofreak” released?
Cabello first teased this song in September of 2021 via Instagram. Her management then released it on 8 April 2022.
This is officially the third single birth by Camila’s “Familia” album. This album (which is her third studio project), also yielded the following songs as singles:
- “Don’t Go Yet”
- “Bam Bam” (with Ed Sheeran)