Jeremih Feat. Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana, “Don’t Tell ‘Em (Remix)”

Claire Lobenfeld

By Claire Lobenfeld

on 09.17.14 in Listen to This

Ty Dolla $ign’s harmony prowess gets me deep in my feelings, so when I saw that he hopped on a remix of Jeremih’s Snap!-interpolating “Don’t Tell ‘Em” summer hit, I knew that he’d be adding an extra swoony layer to the, “Only it’s you got me feeling like this… Loving while grabbing the rhythm of your hips” pre-chorus. And I was not wrong! Ty and Jeremih (and Trey Songz) ruled my entire summer with their buoyant carnality, so to see these two link up on a remix of the first single from Jeremih’s upcoming Late Nights: The Album makes my heart flutter. And they’re a perfect pair: They both know how to make straight forward pop R&B (see: “Loyal,” “Paranoid” for Ty; this track and “Birthday Sex” for Jeremih), as well as fluid experiments that push the boundaries of the genre without trickling into “alt-R&B” territory (Ty’s recent $ign Language  mixtape; Jerehmih’s cult classic Late Nights with Jeremih mixtape and this year’s collaborative EP with Shlohmo).

French Montana’s guest spot makes this a multi-region affair and he’s a welcome replacement for YG, whose verse on the original has a few bum lines — although, somehow has the only acceptable usage of “YOLO” in 2014.