Staten Island vocalist Eamon appeared in late 2003, when his bold single "F**k It [I Don't Want You Back]" took urban radio by storm. With its spare melody and stripped-down production -- not to mention its profanity-laced dismissal of a two-timing lover -- the song stood out immediately, and blew up request lines nationwide. Jive jumped on the fervor, fast-tracking a video for "F**k It," and slating a full-length LP for January '04. When the debut dropped, it further showcased Eamon's strident lyricism and streetwise, doo wop-inspired vocals.
We have all been in love once or twice in our lives...for those of us who loved more than once, it usually means that somewhere over the course of our relationships we have felt used, abused, taken advantage of, lied to and cheated on...we've all said, "F It!!!" Well, 19 year-old singer/songwriter EAMON, hailing from the streets of Staten Island is your voice! With vocal hero's ranging from Frankie Lymon to Wu Tang Clan, this young singer is ready and willing to take the world by storm with his new single, "The F It! Song".
Eamon is certainly no rookie. He's been on stage since the tender age of 9 years old, performing often with his father Walter's successful Doo Wop group. Having appeared at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City and the 20,000 seat New Jersey Meadowlands, it is no stretch to call Eamon a seasoned performer.
While working in the studio at only 15, Eamon met writer/producer Milk Dee of "Top Billin" fame. Having worked on projects with MC Lyte, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jason Downs (UK), Ad Rock (Beastie Boys) and Sinead O'Connor, Milk is no stranger to talent. He saw something special in Eamon and the two immediately started working together along with co-producer Mark Passy. The result is a soulful street sound that takes the listener on a wild lyrical ride. Take a seat, strap in and prepare to call that "old love" that did you wrong and tell them... F It!!!!!
Eamon's 'dirty mouth' not meant to shock
America's next big RnB star, Eamon - whose debut single is full of swearing - says he's not out to shock and all the cussing is just his way of keeping it real.
The rapper was at number one in the US chart for six weeks with 'F*** It (I Don't Want You Back)'. He swears 33 times during the track, which should be a very high entry this weekend on the Official Chart Show.
Radio 1 caught up with Eamon, who reckons there are worse things than swearing:
"I'm not talking about gang banging or guns or stuff like that because that's not what I'm about. I don't do that type of stuff so I'm not lying about it."
"I think people are happy that I might have a little dirty mouth but I'm still doing my thing."
"I never write a song to shock anybody but when people hear me saying what I want to say and not using substitute words, it's like, 'Oh wow, you know what, I'm feeling that because that's what I would say'."
The single is all about an ex-girlfriend, but she's released her own version having a go right back at him. There's a little less swearing in hers, but the same backing track and tune.
Eamon told us he's getting over the split though, and keeping his feet on the ground in the face of his new found fame:
"I've got a good family that keeps me down to earth, so I ain't going to do anything stupid. I haven't travelled overseas yet - I can only imagine how it's going to be over here. Can't wait!"
His album, called 'Don't Want You Back', is out on Monday.
You're ****'d! says Eamon
Crikey! Potty-mouthed doo-wopper Eamon almost broke our bleeping machine! All we wanted was some tips on how to handle the ladies and he has our reporter blushing from one end of the studio to the other!
Q: Would you ever dump someone by text? Email? Phone?
Eamon: Email's horrible, that's a really immature way to dump someone. Phone is cool though. The best thing is to do it in person, but it's hard. I understand why people can't always do it in person. Texting is like email really. I have finished with someone over the phone. I just said, "I really don't think we should talk anymore." If someone really ****ed me off though, I'd just call them and say "**** you, you **!" I don't get into that many relationships though. [Really? A charmer like you? You don't say.
Q: Have you ever dumped anyone on behalf of someone else?
Eamon: I've never had to do it for anyone else, but I've arranged it for myself. You know when you know such a nice girl and you just don't want to break her heart... Well it just all got messed-up and I tried to hint to her, but it wasn't working. So, I just asked my friend to do it for me. I don't think we spoke again after that.
Q: When was the last time you were dumped? How did you take it?
Eamon: I don't think I've ever been dumped.
Q: That's quite a claim to fame.
Eamon: Is it? Well, I just don't have that many relationships. In my experience, if I don't want to date a girl anymore, we just stop talking. I've never had a girl say to me "look, I don't want to be with you anymore." It just doesn't happen. Usually it's a mutual break-up.
Q: What's the lamest excuse you've heard for getting the boot?
Eamon: Something like "it's the summertime, I want to have fun!" That's just stupid to me, because if you really like a girl and she cares for you, you want to hold on to it. I'd tell a girl straight too, unless we were arguing like cats and dogs. Then I'd tell her, "**** you!"
Q: Would you ever dump someone in a song?
Eamon: No, that's corny!
Q: Would you ever dump someone live on TV?
Eamon: That would hurt too much.
Q: Even if it was someone who really wronged you?
Eamon: Still no. That's giving her too much pleasure. You know, that's like I'm thinking about her too much. Giving her too much props.
Q: What's the best remedy to being dumped?
Eamon: Going to the gym and staying busy. Write some songs down. Staying active and just hanging out with friends is good too. Or just **** around loads! A nice girl will soon take your mind off things.
Eamon is Ho-Wop ''Sinsation''
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.
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 ...
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--.
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."
Eamon Playing Warm-Up To Britney On U.S. Tour
Foul-mouthed crooner 'excited' to be Spears' special guest. While Britney Spears has been getting racier and more provocative with each step, she's not yet ready to go blue. She'll leave that to Eamon, who will open the first two weeks of her next North American tour, which starts June 22 in Hartford,Connecticut.
The author of "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" and other profanity-laced R&B swooners will hop onboard for such markets as Mansfield, Massachusetts (June 23), Darien Center, New York (June 26) and Milwaukee (July 1).
"This is big," enthused Eamon of the opportunity to play with Spears. "She really packs out places. I'm really excited and I just wanna get out there."
Clearly, Eamon is thrilled to be booked in arenas, yet he's fully aware that singing about hoes and bitches might not endear him to Britney's followers.
"Me and Britney aren't really the same type of artist, but I'm a fan of hers," he said. "I think she's cool and really talented. But she does her thing and I do mine, and I'm excited to do it for people, and I hope they like it."
Spears has 11 North American shows left to perform with Kelis and Skye Sweetnam, running from Monday night in Orlando, Florida, through April 14 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. On April 24 she'll head to Europe, where she'll play with Justin Timberlake's 'NSYNC bandmate JC Chasez, who is plugging his debut solo album, Schizophrenic (see "JC Chasez Opening For Britney In U.K., Lines Up Solo Dates"). Her European dates run through June 6 in Dublin, Ireland, and include a stop at Rock in Rio - Lisbon.
Eamon's I Don't Want You Back Debuts At #7 On Albums Chart
Though Norah Jones and Kayne West sold enough albums last week to hold onto their #1 and #2 positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a little room must be made in the top 10 for embittered soul singer Eamon.
Its hit single, "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)," has been the #1 single for nine straight weeks on the Billboard singles sales chart, and the seriously censored cut continues to gain spins at radio and video outlets.
Though Eamon's chart debut is impressive, he doesn't come close to approaching Norah Jones, whose Feels Like Home sold nearly four times as many copies in what was its second week on shelves. Jones' second LP racked up another 395,000 in sales for a total of more than 1.4 million.
Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout, sold more than 196,000 copies on the heels of the omnipresent singles "Through the Wire" and "Slow Jamz." Six spots down at #8 is Twista's Kamikaze, a West co-production that also features the latter hit.
Evanescence sold about 30 percent fewer copies last week compared to the week following their Grammy wins for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance, but they still managed to make the most progress in the top 10. Their Fallen moves from #7 to #3 after selling more than 127,000 copies.
The rest of the top 10 finds Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below holding onto its #4 spot (with more than 122,000 copies sold); Kenny Chesney's When the Sun Goes Down continuing to set, dropping two to #5 (115,000); Josh Groban's Closer slipping one to #6 (113,000); The Very Best of Sheryl Crow moving up two to #9 (72,000); and Incubus' A Crow Left of the Murder down one to #10 (65,000).
Two weeks ago, stores saw their biggest non-holiday-season week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, so figures from this past week mostly represented a decline. Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, however, was the only top 20 album to sell more copies last week than in the days leading up to Valentine's Day. The quintet's debut, which has been steadily rising thanks to second single "This Love," jumps 18 places to #14, having sold more than 58,000 copies.
The soundtrack to "50 First Dates" leads a crop of albums making significant gains further down the chart. The reggae-flavored album, featuring contributions from Seal, Wyclef Jean and 311, leapt 50 spots to #30. The Lostprophets take a 32-spot vault to #41 with Start Something; St. Louis emo band Story of the Year's Page Avenue advances 55 spots to #61; teenage soul singer Joss Stone's Soul Sessions similarly steps up to #71; and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Fever to Tell climbs 58 to #93.
Other notable debuts include the Indigo Girls' All That We Let In, at #35; the soundtrack to "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," peppered with tracks by the film's star, Lindsay Lohan, at #56; and the Latin-pop soundtrack to "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" at #176.
Eamon Thanks Two-Timing Girlfriend For Controversial Hit Single
Radio play leads to record deal for 'F--- It' creator. 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."
Eamon Distances Himself From Frankee Track, Welcomes Her To Ho-Wop World
The back-and-forth about Eamon's "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" and Frankee's response song, "FU Right Back," stopped for a minute, but now both songwriters are back at it.
Now the pop/R&B singer is clarifying his position. "I was not involved with 'FU Right Back,' " he said in a statement. "I have never met Frankee and she is definitely not my girlfriend or ex-girlfriend."
Written from the perspective of an ex-girlfriend, Frankee's "FU Right Back" calls Eamon out for being lousy in bed and nearly giving her crabs (see "Eamon's Alleged Old Flame Burns Him With Dis Track"). Eamon said last week that he was amused by the Frankee song, but the more people ask him about it, the less entertained he becomes. At this point, he seems interested only in distancing himself even further from her song.
"The only way I was associated with ['FU Right Back'] was when I was asked for licensing permission by Frankee's representatives, which makes me a writer on her song by copyright law," he said. "But I really didn't expect all this to come out of it. They are having fun with it, it's cool, but in the end they are paying me for their 15 minutes of fame and I welcome her to my world of ho-wop!"
Eamon's new assertion comes closer to Frankee's claim that she and a friend conceived and wrote "FU Right Back," which combines "F--- It (I Don't Want You Back)" with new lyrics. "I don't know where he got that story from [that girls were auditioned to create a dis track,]" Frankee said. "After hearing the record, I started thinking that maybe it was about me and I actually have a friend at a record label, and I presented the idea to her, so we wrote the song together."
Eamon did it 33-times in 2-minutes
Digital telly bosses are in a right tizz after being forced to cop an earful of a recorded message - including the f-word used 33 times in two minutes. Sounds like the MegaStar offices, except divided by eight over a 30-second period. The filthy fury in question was - by the proxy gift of music - from sweary Mary hip-hop person Eamon, in the guise of his monster hit of a few months back, F*** It, I Don't Want You Back. Punters to Sky Plus were treated to a blast of the track on a loop, as they waited for some bod to bother to answer the blower at the call centre in Middlesbrough. Thirty-three times, as we said. On a loop.
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