After Maroon 5 embraced an early leak of “Whiskey,” their collaboration with A$AP Rocky from upcoming album Red Pill Blues, on Wednesday (Oct. 18), the band officially released the song today (Oct. 20).
“Not going to stop a good thing,” Maroon 5 tweeted upon finding out that the song had made its way onto SoundCloud prior to releasing the track themselves, including a link to the stream. But just two days later, the band shared a video with an image of a girl sporting a denim jacket with Maroon 5’s name on the back and the name of the song illuminated.
“And I was so young/ ‘Til she kissed me/ Like a whiskey/ Like a whiskey,” Levine croons on the track, which has the frontman reflecting on a slow burning romance that has him realizing he “would’ve waited a thousand nights/ If she never said goodbye/ I admit that I/ Would’ve sold my soul for a little more time.” A$AP Rocky comes in for a final verse, offering some alcohol-inspired wordplay (“Punch drunk love, it’s a fine line/ Dom Pérignon, she the fine wine,” he spits).
The slower-paced track marks the third collaboration to be released form Red Pill Blues, following SZA-assisted lead single “What Lovers Do” and the bouncy Julia Michaels team-up “Help Me Out.” As previously announced, there’s one more collab coming with Lunchmoney Lewis on a track called “Who I Am.”
Listen to “Whiskey” below.