As much as he loves knowing fans want to hear his hit song "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" again and again, singer Eamon is even more excited when people hear the track for the very first time.
"People smile at first and they're like, 'Yeah, it's got a nice
melody,' " he said. "But when it comes to the chorus, everybody's like, 'Whoa! What the f---?' I f---in' love that."
"F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" begins as a swaying R&B ballad about a failed relationship. Then, as strings and gospel-style background vocals cut through the refrain, Eamon flings the "f" word at the former object of his affection and ends with the line "F--- you, you ho, I don't want you back."
Eamon and producer DJ Milk (who has also produced for his sister MC Lyte) wrote the song in 2000 and played it for various record labels. Even those that liked it found its language too objectionable for radio.
"The only people really down for it were my producers, my manager and my pops," Eamon recalled. "People were like, 'Yo, that will never get played. You're playing yourself. You're a fool. Why don't you start writing some nice, clean songs?' I was like, 'Yo, this is what I do!' "
Eamon got tired of hearing the same thing over and over. So a few years later he sent the song to a DJ at New York's Hot 97, who started spinning "F--- It" on the air. Suddenly, Jive Records took an interest and signed the profanity-spewing singer.
"F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" is blowing up for several reasons. The tune is catchy, the contrast between mellifluous music and scathing language is novel and, just as importantly, the song addresses universal themes of betrayal, hurt and anger.
"I never wrote 'F--- It' thinking, 'Oh wow, this is gonna shock
people,' " the singer, hailing from Staten Island, New York, explained. "I sat down at the keyboard and came out with these lyrics because I was pissed. I had been with this chick for a few months, and my boys were telling me she was cheating on me. I wasn't believing it. Then some sources close to her said she was really doing this stuff. I was like, 'F--- you, you ho!' So I went home and wrote the song."