Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Flipp Dinero – Leave Me Alone

OK Flipp, we won’t cover your next single then!


Ryo Miyauchi: That whiny, juvenile stretch of “leave me alone” has that nagging yet irresistible Bart Simpson ring to it, and it’s a sweet, made-to-go viral hook to scream at some imaginary hanger-on if isolated by just the hook. Though Flipp Dinero just sucks the fun out of it as he sings it as a response to some cheap blue-ball pettiness.

Anthony Easton: The backing of this is as high femme, temporal, and tinsel-y as a music hall dancer on a girl’s music box. His voice shreds through the prettiness, marring the decorative. It’s an old trick, but not an ineffective one. 

Joshua Minsoo Kim: Every point here goes to how Cast Beats and Young Forever’s arrangement makes it sound like Flipp Dinero’s wails are in a bout of capoeira with the production.

Taylor Alatorre: “Leave Me Alone” is not the type of single on which stable rap careers are built; the guy’s name is Flipp Dinero, for crying out loud. But it does occupy a unique emotional space within the contemporary rap landscape: not boastful or sad or horny or even all that angry, just kind of… reflexively annoyed. Many will hear no distinction between that and being annoying, which could be the reaction he’s going for. His voice might as well be a sign prohibiting entry to anyone over the age of 25. Those who can get past this barrier may instead hear an uncomfortably raw expression of everyday petulance, the kind that comes from a part of the brain we would prefer not to recognize. The little trinkets strewn throughout the production, like the repeated producer tag, save this from being solely a feelings dump, as does the lyrical fragment that hits harder than anything else here: “drunk as fuck.”

Edward Okulicz: I’d love to hear an instrumental of this, because I love the combination of dull throbs of bass and what sounds like a treated flute. It’s better than anything Flipp contributes, though he does provide a passable hook, largely carried by his strangely charming brattishness, drawing the syllables of “leave me alooooone” out like a child not getting his way. The effect is lessened by the verses revealing the truth of the matter (that he does actually give a shit about the girl), and also the “drunk as fuck/bitch you dumb as fuck” couplet, but it’s worryingly easy to tune both of those out.

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: “Leave Me Alone” aims for a Uzi-style combo of pathos and flexing (Flipp literally says flexing, fwiw), but doesn’t sell either particularly well, no matter how he rasps his voice or switches up his flows. The production does little better, with YOUNG FOREVER/Cast Beats offering up more a collection of shiny objects and interesting textures than a coherent beat.

Julian Axelrod: As soon as I made the Lil Uzi Vert connection, it was over. Flipp Dinero’s raspy whine picks up some steam in the third verse, but his familiar flow is one of the many elements that feel borrowed from a more inspired song. Uzi’s secret weapon is his ability to turn petty heartbreak into an anguished, soul-crushing odyssey, and this song’s sorely missing that sense of scale. Flipp’s nonchalance undercuts his sentiment. If you don’t care about this girl, why’d you write a whole song about her?

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3 Responses to “Flipp Dinero – Leave Me Alone”

  1. It just occurred to me that this song is pretty much just Big Sean’s I Don’t Fuck With You but updated for 2018

  2. I find the female voice oh~~ quite familiar. But I just can’t recall in which song I’ve heard it. Anyone cares to help? The original song might be published before 2007.

  3. It’s a vocal sample from the Roland M DC1 Dance Module, one of its more prominent uses being in Nelly & Kelly Rowland’s “Dilemma.”