Why Dontcha Call Me No More
|"Why Dontcha Call Me No More"|
|Single by Yahzarah|
|from the album The Ballad of Purple St. James|
|Released||March 15, 2010|
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Label||Foreign Exchange Music|
|Songwriter(s)||YahZarah and Phonte Coleman|
|Producer(s)||Nicolay and Phonte Coleman|
|Yahzarah singles chronology|
Writing and recording
The song was written by YahZarah and Phonte Coleman and was produced by Nicolay and Phonte. The song features several instruments including the keyboard, tambourine, live handclaps, drums, the acoustic, bass, and electric guitars.
Release and promotion
In March 2010, "Why Dontcha Call Me No More" was released as the first single of the album and available as a free download on the Foreign Exchange Music's website. The song was available as a free download from The Foreign Exchange Music's website. The song received over 1,000 downloads within the following week.
The music video was released to YouTube on May 19, 2010. The video was directed by Matt Koza. The music video was shot back-to-back with Yahzarah's theme song "Yahz", which precedes to "Why Dontcha Call Me No More".
The theme of the video was based around 80's cartoon Jem (TV series). Most of video effects were green screen with Yahzarah wearing a pink dress. The other scenes involved Yahzarah performing with band and her discovering that her boyfriend was cheating on her with another girl. The latter ends with her confronting him with her friends and leaving with her new boyfriend (Jesse Boykins III). The video also features cameos appearances from Nicolay and Phonte of The Foreign Exchange, Aimee Flint, and Zarinah.
The choreographer was Seku Grey and make-up artist was Jessica Williams. Hair and styling was provided by Yarde Noir and Jermal Harris. The 2nd unit cameras were operated by Bunker Seyfert. In addition to the release of the music video, behind-the-scene clips and photos are available on The Foreign Exchange Music's website.
The song received positive feedback from fans and reviewers of the song. Andy Kellman of Allmusic.com stated,
The album allows the singer and songwriter to flash her vocal and thematic flexibility in ways her previous albums did not. Most salient is “Why Dontcha Call Me No More,” a gracefully hurtling kiss-off. It could be covered by No Doubt and taken to the Top Ten, but it’s probable that the song would lose some of its bite. YahZarah, whose voice here resembles that of Gwen Stefani, albeit with none of the cutesiness, delivers one of the most commanding scorned-lover performances in recent memory. At the point where an ad-lib or something innocuous is expected, just as handclaps and “whoa-oh”s enter, she slips in an additional verse that begins with “I hope you have a little girl, and she’s the apple of your eye” — uh-oh — and ends with “I hope somebody makes her cry” and a vaguely brainsick laugh.
- Vocals: Yahzarah
- Written by: Yahzarah and Phonte Coleman
- Keyboard: Nicolay
- Acoustic Guitar: Nicolay
- Bass Guitar: Zo!
- Electric guitar: Chris Boerner
- Drums: Lil' John Roberts
- Handclaps and Tambourine: Yahzarah and Phonte
- Produced by: Nicolay and Phonte
- .Foreign Exchange Music.Retrieved on June 6, 2010.
- Behind the scenes at YahZarah's videoshoot (Part 1).The Foreign Exchange Music.Retrieved on June 6, 2010.