Track Review: Mariah Carey, ‘I Don’t’
R&B diva Mariah Carey gets an unlikely assist from West Coast rapper YG on her new breakup anthem, “I Don’t.”
Mariah Carey and YG? What an unlikely collaboration to say the least. That is the case on Mimi’s new single, “I Don’t.” After flopping with the respectable but delayed Me. I Am Mariah, the diva is looking to rebound. Does “I Don’t” provided the formula for a comeback? Hard to know if this particular record reinvigorates her career, but it is a good start.
Upon the first listen, arguably, “I Don’t” slightly underwhelms. Give it another, and the magic begins to unfold more. Following a disjointed opening featuring YG, Carey reveals the status of her heart/relationship.
“Somewhere in another life / We stole a moment in time / Gave you everything that you needed / I was even down to repeat it / Said you would always be mine / Feeding me nothing but lies / I was so gone, I admit it / Had me messed up for a minute.”
Carey is over it, evidenced by the pre-chorus and successive chorus. “But I’m tired of cryin’, no more tears / Pity party of the year,” she sings. On the chorus, she points the finger at her ex-:
“‘Cause when you love someone / You just don’t treat them bad / You messed up all we had / Probably think I’m coming back / But I don’t, I don’t / ‘Cause boy, I was buggin’ / Thinkin’ somehow I could trust you / See, I used to love you / But I don’t, I don’t…”
Following his hook – not to be confused with the Mariah Carey chorus – YG drops a short verse. The effect? YG tells her to keep the ring:
“‘Cause every time you look at your ring, me, you gon’ dream that.”
Basically, Mariah Carey is saying BYE to her boo. She does so convincingly on “I Don’t,” even if the single isn’t game changing. It’s well produced, but not necessarily a tour de force. Still, Mimi and YG are onto something.
Mariah Carey • I Don’t (Single) • Epic • Release: 2.3.17
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