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ILOVEMAKONNEN and Yellow Trash Caution ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’

By Charlie Maybee

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Atlanta-based rapper ILOVEMAKONNEN is back with a new collaboration, featuring Yellow Trash Can, titled “Don’t Tell Me What To Do.” The track echoes with a sea of bass while the autotuned vocals reverb through space like waves on the ocean.

Despite the confrontational title, there’s a certain restraint that permeates the song’s core. The vocals feel relaxed, but the way they get sampled and remixed gives them a choppy, rhythmic groove that balances the openness of the driving bass and drums. It bookends with choruses where ILOVEMAKONNEN repetitively asserts “Don’t tell me how to live / Don’t tell me what to do.” It’s a simple message that’s musically well executed in a way that is fun and endlessly listenable.

Sandwiched between those choruses, the verse lyrically places ILOVEMAKONNEN in a club scene where he proclaims, “I just got some money,” and he’s ready to party into the night with whoever he wants as he sings, “Took your old girl made her into my new lady.”

Any attempt at controlling him will fall on deaf ears because he is here strictly for a good time. It seems like if you’re not rolling with ILOVEMAKONNEN’s crew, then you’re going to get left behind, so take the hint and tag along for the ride. It is sure to be a night of debauchery with no end in sight.

“Don’t Tell Me What To Do” is available on major streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, YouTube, TIDAL, and Amazon Music. Follow our Alchemical Weekly Spotify Playlist for more great music featured on the site.

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Charlie Maybee

Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.

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