Today is September 13th, 2018 and marks the hopeful comeback of part time music icon and part time skinny legend Mariah Carey with “GTFO.”
Not that she’s ever left. Since 2014’s criminally underrated Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, the diva has dropped her second #1’s compilation album (when will your fave?), embarked on her Vegas residency and a tour, appeared in her not-a-reality-show-but-an-eight-part-event Mariah’s World, made her directorial debut with A Christmas Melody, and even gifted fans with another underrated single: “I Don’t.”
In short, ya girl’s been busy. Never too busy to continue to be writing and producing behind the scenes though. “GTFO,” written by Mariah alongside Bibi Bourelly (“Bitch Better Have My Money”) and Jordan Manswell, is hopefully the first sign of a fifteenth studio album on the way.
In classic Mariah fashion, “GTFO” is a slow burn of a breakup track, and much like “I Don’t,” she’s over it.
“How ’bout you get the fuck out” is the main hook and it pretty much says it all. The lush beat samples “Goodbye to a World,” a Porter Robinson deep cut that features vocals from AVANNA, a Vocaloid. Mariah rarely samples modern songs, much less any from the EDM genre. We don’t know whether the sample was selected by her or co-producer Nineteen85 but we know how picky she is, and it’s kinda brilliant.
“How ’bout you take your tings and be on your merry way, how ’bout you fly off with a wink, bye bye, baby,” is one of the particularly pleasing melodies in the song. The songbird coos firmly in her whisper voice throughout, not even treading into the further echelons of her voice. Audiences will probably cite this and the overall vibe of the song to current minimalist R&B influencers like Tinashe, The Weeknd, and FKA twigs, lest we forget Mariah has tackled the sound time and time again throughout her career. (Speaking of underrated, let’s talk about Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel shall we?”)
“GTFO” isn’t the lead single anyone would expect from a Mimi album, nor is it the most exciting release, but it proves that she can time and time again still produce incredible music. Mariah’s artistry and involvement in her music has been overlooked for almost three decades, but with each release she continues to prove to those who care that her bar has never been lowered.
Now get the fuck out there and stream “GTFO.”
*Edit* “GTFO” is a first helping from Mariah’s upcoming untitled 15th album, due out later this year. The first official single, “With You,” is slated for release October 5.