(Fuck It) I Don’t You Back
Album: I Don’t You Back
In Eamon’s world, women and hoes are one and the same. In an interview with MTV in March 2004, he called women hoes about seven times. When asked where he grew up, he said that his parents never gave him hard times. “The only hard times I went through are with hoes.” MTV followed up it with a situation and the worst he could come up with is: “It sucks when you really like a girl, and then, maybe you’re not ready for it, but there’s always, like, that week that you can’t stop thinking about it every day. And this sh– just kills you.” Those aren’t hard times, Eamon, those are heartfelt feelings. There isn’t anything wrong with feeling anything positive toward women, Eamon. It seems like he got turned down one too many times for the prom and now he’s taking it out on the entire gender.
Usually in break up songs, the listener is supposed to sympathize with the singer who has been wronged. However, Eamon is disrespectful and nasty towards his ex-girlfriend. It’s to the point that it’s misogynstic, which is undeserving of any sympathy. He starts off reasonably hurt in the first verse, “I told you/I loved you/now thats all down the drain Ya put me through pain/I wanna let u know how I feel” In the chorus, he starts to take an unpleasant and angry turn. He tells her to throw away everything he gave her, everything he said, his affection. However, he then begins to put her down with the “F*** you, you hoe/I don’t you back.”
In the second verse, he talks about how she cheated on him. While this is an unforgiveable in normal circumstances, Eamon’s ex-girlfriend may have done it to escape his insecurities and feel loved. He crosses the line as he calls her a “burnt bitch” and then chides her for wanting to work it out. “Now ya askin for me back/Ya just another act, look elsewhere/cuz ya done with me.” His smug and self-absorbed demeanor make it at all about him. The only things that matter is his emotions and the wrongs done to him. But once it seems like his ex-girlfriend tries to stick up for herself in the third verse and makes her feelings known, he shuts her down (“you could ask anyone/I even said/ya were my great one.”) He doesn’t fail to realize that it was fault, too. If he would’ve told her what he just said, maybe the relationship wouldn’t be ending. But that would go against his belief system of “women only are objects and have blank minds to mold.”
Eamon’s voice is nasal and he is talking on pitch than actually singing.While singing the lyrics, his immaturity and lack of life experience shows. Each lyric is sung like a mini-tantrum and the most angry lyrics are delivered with giddiness.
The music is also incredibly simple. It appears as though he recorded the song on his cheap Casio keyboard at home by pressing the “drum” button and “scratch” buttons. According to him, he calls this “ho-wop.” It’s actually been around for years, as sample demos on any keyboard under “R&B.”