Mariah Carey: Shake It Off |

Sunday 21 April 2024

Mariah Carey: Shake It Off

Bring on the bold, fierce songs! Bangerz N Bopz serves up background info and insight into songs of various styles, especially songs that raise eyebrows and/or stir the pot. Featured records can be classic or brand new. In the 32nd edition of Bangerz N Bopz (2024), we break down "Shake It Off" performed by Mariah Carey.

"(I gotta shake it off) 'cause the loving ain't the same. And you keep on playing games like you know I'm here to stay." Oh, snap, Mariah Carey! Nearly a decade before Taylor Swift first informed us to "Shake It Off", Carey stated that she had to "Shake It Off".

"Shake It Off" appeared as the third track on her multi-platinum comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi, released in 2005. In the chorus of the hit, which peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard 100, Carey adds, "Gotta make that move. Find somebody who appreciates all the love I give. Boy, I gotta (shake, shake it off) gotta do what's best for me. Baby, and that means I gotta shake you off." We call stand to take Carey's advice!

Carey penned this contemporary R&B alongside Johntá Austin and producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox. Slickly produced, the instrumental is the perfect fuel for Mariah's fire. She sings with ease, agilely navigating these unfortunate matters of the heart. In the first verse, she states, "Well, at first I didn't know but now it's clear to me. You would cheat with all your freaks and lie compulsively."

Well, that's a compelling reason to exit! There's even more evidence to support her exit in the second verse: "I found out about a gang of your dirty little deeds. With this one and that one by the pool, on the beach, in the streets." The dude's been a bad boy, hence why Carey tells his trifling ass to "Save this recording because I'm never coming back home."

The Emancipation of Mimi was that album back in 2005 and "Shake It Off" was a key part of the success. Two decades later, we're still shaking off those dirty, no-good boys!

(The Musical Hype)

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