In my experience, there’s two sides to jealousy in a relationship: anger and sadness. It doesn’t matter which one is the initial emotion, but they feed off of one another until it’s impossible to avoid turbulence. Gianni & Kyle carry that sentiment on “Jealous”, a brand new joint from the buzzing duo that finds them trading sung vocals with bars as they strike a delicate balance between rap and r&b. It’s a perfect sonic approach as the crooned hook of “when you don’t pick up the phone, I get jealous” feeds into the softer side of resentments, while the rapping in the song’s latter half is all about unadulterated frustration: “Under influence and booze and liquor is the only time I’m coming through, yeah; how you manage, what your plan is? Fucked around and got my heart where your hand is.”
Driven by dramatics that harken back to the ’90s stylings Gianni & Kyle previously invoked on Backstreet Boy Meets World, the song is melodramatic in the best way possible through its lyrics and sound. There’s enough tension going on here to warrant a sequel, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for an update (and maybe visuals with a ’90s r&b aesthetic to match).
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