Macklemore’s longtime collaboration with Tones And I is apparently in the box, and now we know what it looks like.
The Grammy-winning rapper shared a snippet on social media, with the musician looking particularly pleased with himself as he tested the mute on his car’s audio system. “Can you guess who sings on the hook,” he wrote.
It is, of course, Toni Watson, better known as Tones And I, who can be heard singing “I’m on fire” and fleshing out the song with the empowering line “You can’t take my voice from me.
The Australian singer and songwriter, who had a monster hit with “Dance Monkey” in 2019, is a huge fan of Macklemore, as is much of her homeland. Almost a decade ago, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” came in first on the fan-voted Hottest 100 triple-j countdown.
In a follow-up post, Tones revealed that “Chant” would be released “very soon.” The song is “special” she continues.
Tones teased the upcoming release last September with an Instagram post of the couple posing in the studio, and gave the update in January during an interview with triple j.
“This year I could finally release a song with my favorite artist – Macklemore,” Tones explained.
“It’s been a long time since he first surprised me in Seattle in 2019,” she continued. “He wanted me to record vocals on a track we’re doing together, so I had to do it in person.”
There’s no word yet on a release date, although in this interview earlier in the year, Tones confessed, “I’ve already started this next album which comes out in August; It’s very different.”
Tones’ second album is the sequel to Welcome to the mental hospitalwhich reached No. 1 in Australia after its release in July 2021, and featured its follow-up hit “Fly Away”, which peaked at No. 11 in the UK
The “Dance Monkey” record appeared on Tones’ 2019 EP The children are coming.
This viral hit topped the sales charts for months, including in Australia where it held the top spot for an all-time high of 24 weeks. “Dance Monkey” also ruled the UK chart for 11 weeks, a record for a solo female artist; he cracked the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100; has led the charts in around 30 territories and is recognized as the #3 most-streamed song on Spotify.