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One of potty-mouthed pop singer Eamon's favorite expressions besides "F--- It" is "bugged out." His favorite music is bugged out, his fans and strangest experiences are bugged out. And he was totally "bugged out" the whole time he was in Los Angeles last month to attend the Grammys.

Eamon was dazzled by the costumes, performances and parties and practically spellbound when he met one of his favorite rappers, Jay-Z. "He shook my hand and he went, 'You got that new joint, right?' " Eamon recalls. "I was like, 'Yeah, man,' and he said, 'Ah, good sh--.' I was totally bugged out. Jay-Z knew who I was. That's crazy."

Now that Eamon's album, I Don't Want You Back, has debuted at #7 on the Billboard albums chart, and his "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" is getting regular spins across the country, the 19-year-old singer from Staten Island, New York, has a lot more bugging in store. He's already been invited by Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah to work on a future project, and additional collaborations are in the works.

MTV News' Jon Wiederhorn recently sat down with the cursing crooner to find out where's he's coming from with his salty songwriting. A warning to those with delicate sensibilities — some of the language in the following conversation is, well, bugged out ...

  "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)"
MTV: So how did your parents react when their 16-year-old son wrote "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)"?

Eamon: My mother thought it was absolutely insane, but my father, as soon as he heard it he was like, "That's a hit song."

MTV: Your music blends the smoothness of R&B with the grittiness of hip-hop.

Eamon: I call it ho-wop. It's the flavor of hip-hop, the flavor of doo-wop, and hoes. The whole album is just me writing and saying what I feel and not holding back at all.

MTV: Were you always a fan of doo-wop?

Eamon: My pops had a doo-wop group with his friends. I used to sing with them every once in a while. I just grew up on that music since I was a baby.

MTV: When did you discover hip-hop?

Eamon: I remember being 6 years old and looking at this Fat Boys record, and I was amazed. That sh-- is all great to me. And it's bugged out how you combine those two types of music to make ho-wop.

  "Somethin' Strange"
MTV: Some of your, um, "ho-wop" seems to be influenced by R. Kelly.

Eamon: Damn, yeah. I was doing a lot of ho-wop type of stuff, and I didn't think it would really work. But then when I heard "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" by R. Kelly, that sh-- is doo-wop. I was like, "Damn, so this sh-- really can work."

MTV: You're appealing to a really young audience with songs like "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)," "Get Off My Di--," "I Love Them Ho's (Ho-Wop)" and "I'd Rather F--- With You." That's a lot of adult content that you're feeding to teenagers.

Eamon: It's adult sh--, but it's not. Everybody curses now, and teenagers swear more than anyone. I've got a 3-year-old nephew running around the house saying to me, "F--- you, you ho." It's f---ing insane, man.

MTV: Has anyone ever asked you to tone it down?

Eamon: Yeah, it's so funny when I do TV shows and they're like, 'Yeah, you gotta keep it clean, man.' I'm like, "How the f--- do I keep it clean? My sh-- is called 'F--- It.' Get the f--- out of here. Don't put me on the show if you want me to keep it clean."

MTV: Your music would be engaging and emotional even without all the potty language. Why do you swear so much?

Eamon: It's just the way I talk, maybe 'cuz I'm from Staten Island. The thing is, I'm not saying "f---" just to say it. Every time I curse, I mean it. It might sound weird and funny, but I f---ing mean the sh--.

  "On & On"
MTV: Some people think "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" is a novelty song, and that you're a one-hit wonder.

Eamon: Most of those people haven't heard the album, and they're just jealous punks. There are least one or two songs for everybody that likes this type of music. Whoever says I'm a one-hit wonder can go suck a di--.

MTV: "Love Them Ho's" is being considered for the second single. What's that song about?

Eamon: It's about the road. Going on the road, having a blast on the road and getting crazy.

MTV: So it's about the groupies?

Eamon: Yeah, the hoes!

MTV: What's your craziest ho experience?

Eamon: The craziest is when girls come up to me and go, "Yeah, we'll pay you." They'll pay me to hang out with me? That's some bugged out sh--. That never happened to me when I wasn't singing.

MTV: You grew up on Staten Island?

Eamon: Yeah, I was born, raised, still living here. My dad is a counselor. He's got his own private practice, and my mom is a nurse. My parents are the sh--, man. I love them. They've stuck by me forever. They made it really nice for me. I never went through any hard times. The only hard times I went through are with hoes.

MTV: What's the hardest thing you went through with a ho?

Eamon: 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.

MTV: Had you done any professional recording before "F--- It?"

Eamon: Yeah, I did some stuff with these dudes one time, and the sh-- came out really wack. I wanted to do something more hip-hop, but at the time Hanson was the big thing, and they wanted to do stuff like that. And I was like, "F--- that."

MTV: How did you go from doing that to writing songs like "F--- It"?

Eamon: I wanted to have my side to it, and not give a f--- about all this bullsh--, and not have to write all these clean, nice songs. So my producer, Milk Dee, was like, "Do what you want to do, man." I was like, "Whoa, sh--. You shouldn't have told me that."

MTV: What do you think of the rest of the pop music scene?

Eamon: There's so much bullsh-- around now in pop and hip-hop, and everybody's talking about the same f---ing sh--, like get the f--- outta here. That sh-- is horrible. I don't hate anybody, but that sh-- pisses me off. It's bullsh--. So I wanna change things up and make people go, "Aw, man, this is the hot sh--. Eamon talks from the heart. He's real."

MTV: How has your life changed since you started blowing up?

Eamon: I've still got the same friends I've had forever, but there's a lot of different people calling me up, being all cool and sh-- all of a sudden. Also, people that I don't know are saying they're my cousins and sh--. Someone will come up to me and go, "Oh, yeah, I met your cousin so-and-so." And I'm like, "Cousin? I don't even know that motherf---er."


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