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TikTok Trends: Tessa Violet Hits Us in the Y2K Feels With “You Are Not My Friend”

Tessa Violet cover for "You Are Not My Friend"

You may know Tessa Violet for her viral song on TikTok, “YES MOM.” On March 21st, the influencer/musician dropped her newest single, “You Are Not My Friend.”

“You Are Not My Friend” Is 2023’s Y2K-Style Breakup Anthem

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet evokes the feelings of high school scenes in an early 2000s coming-of-age movie with her latest single. “You Are Not My Friend” tells the tale of removing toxic relationships from your life. It’s an upbeat, pop-punk realization that you’re better off without someone – whether romantic or platonic. The song feels like the older, more mature version of Olivia Rodrigo‘s debut album, “Sour.” With spiteful, edgy lyrics paired with nostalgic guitar riffs, Tessa Violet creates a safe space within her song. In the final verse, Tessa comes to terms with the reality of her relationship:

“Sorry that I ever met you / Sorry no one ever gets you / Sorry that I let you bring me down / Now I write another chapter / My own ‘Happy Ever After'”

Tessa Violet paints pictures we know all too well. From bending over backwards for people who wouldn’t do the same, she has created a black licorice bubblegum pop song that serves as a moving-on anthem. And she is unapologetic in her decision to kick that person to the curb for the sake of self betterment. After teasing the song for so long on TikTok, it’s a relief that it is finally available on all streaming services. “You Are Not My Friend” is the modern-day, younger cousin to P!nk’s “So What?” and Avril Lavigne‘s “Complicated.” And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love throwing it back to the 2000s with up-and-coming artists like Tessa Violet.

Tessa Violet On Tour

Tessa Violet is currently on tour opening for Half Alive. Catch her in a city near you, and check out tickets here! Until then, be sure to stream “You Are Not My Friend,” and let us know what you think in the comments!

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