Chances are if you don’t know the name Kent Jones, nor the title of Jones’ hit banger of the summer of 2016 – “Don’t Mind” – you’ve probably heard the infectious rhythm and beat and have asked yourself: What the heck is Kent saying in those other languages in between Jones “telling me this, telling me that?”
Brilliantly, Kent opens his song with a nod to an African-American woman “fo sure” – or African-American women, as it were – as the NSFW “Don’t Mind” explicit video details. Jones can’t necessarily be accused of being one of those African-American men whose exclusion of African-American women makes their penchant painfully obvious.
Trey Songz notoriously “got dragged” in the YouTube comments for his “Foreign” song praising foreign women. But, to each his own – and with Jones hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, the city of the historically black Florida A&M University, one can’t help but wonder more about the “Don’t Mind” genius who turns lyrics and phrases in the “Don’t Mind” song with aplomb.
Perhaps from Kent’s own leanings – or from learning lessons gleaned from reactions to scenarios like Kyrie Irving’s yacht party, as noted by TMZ – Jones will likely make sure to sprinkle black women around his “Don’t Mind” official remix video with DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, and Pitbull. Kent has created the multicultural machismo “Mambo No. 5” for the rap world, with women like interchangeable parts to a monolithic, mystical female.
At least like Rae Sremmurd rhymed, Jones doesn’t seem to have a type either.
“I ain’t got no type. Bad b****** is the only thing that I like.”
It’s the foreign languages in “Don’t Mind” that hit the ear and announce that something new and different is afoot in this rhyme. After all, it’s not every day that a rapper or R&B singer busts out in a tongue other than English – save for Pitbull. And speaking of Pitbull, the Miami native and Lil Wayne have jumped in on Jones’ “Don’t Mind” remix, spitting verses in other languages as well.
Warning: The lyrics in the “Don’t Mind” remix song might be offensive to some.
Lil Wayne rhymes about his “codeine urine” in the “Don’t Mind” remix, making folks worry about Lil Tunechi’s recent seizures all the more. As reported by Complex, the remix of “Don’t Mind” shows Weezy rhyming in French, with Pitbull giving Spanish shout-outs to all the women in Pitbull’s sphere, making sure to rhyme about Brazilian butts.
“I’m surrounded by Caribbean queens/I’m talkin’ Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Dominican things/I got Jamaicans and them Haitians…I got them Trini’s and them Beijing’s and they all for me.”
The remix lyrics to “Don’t Mind” are also on Genius, which can help decipher Lil Wayne’s French and more.
“Bonjour mademoiselle/Je m’apelle Lil Tunechi/Might want cover your ears/Cause Young Moolah, we boomin’.”
The original lyrics in “Don’t Mind” are just as intriguing.
“OKC” becomes a nod to Oklahoma, and a way to say, “Okay, see…” all at once. A girl in Cali with “high-grade” marijuana – one who will never be disowned by Kent – has weed that comes with diplomas. Jones even schools listeners about his lyrics in the notation section on Genius, explaining that Arizona has a derivative slang phrase within it that distinguishes the strong Kush cannabis from normal-strength weed, all the while focusing on the travel aspect of the song’s lyrics.
“Zona is slang for medium strength, regular weed, so I’m playing with words here. The Cali girl’s weed comes with diplomas ’cause it’s high-grade, get it? I’ve never been to California, personally. But Cali girls come to Florida all the time.”
As noted by Genius, “Don’t Mind” almost didn’t make the album, but Jones explains free-styling the lyrics and watching the “Don’t Mind” song go crazy, starting around the summertime in 2015 and spreading worldwide by the summer of 2016.
The lyrics to the original “Don’t Mind” song are also translated on Genius, along with funny debates over whether Jones sings “best top” versus “desktop” – as heard by listeners.
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