What do you do next after you take over the world with an unavoidable hit song and successful debut album? If you’re “Boo’d Up” singer Ella Mai, you take a brief hiatus (that includes a killer collaboration with Usher) while you formulate what you’re coming with next. Well, the next is here as the singer gears up for her second coming by dropping her new single “DFMU.”
The song (the title of which is an acronym for “don’t f**k me up”) finds Ella going back to the sound of “Boo’d Up” with a piano-driven DJ Mustard production. This one is a little moodier, however, as Ella is all about protecting her heart. A new man has entered the picture who might just have the key to her heart. But before she goes giving it away, she gives a warning, singing, “Don’t f**k me up, don’t let me down / You know I wanna be around / You tug-n-warrin’ with my heart / Didn’t think it’d evеr be so hard /Crazy I’m lettin’ down my guard.”
For the single’s video, the singer hits the road with her man by her side. Automobiles actually play a key part in the clip. She’s shown riding along with her beau at times, while the vehicle is crashing into water at others. The concept shows that love can sometimes seem as simple as a Sunday drive or it can be a horrendous crash. It all depends on who you let take the wheel of your heart.
With Ella Mai once again mining a ’90s feel (including interpolating the melody of Donnell Jones‘ classic “Where I Wanna Be” for the pre-chorus), it feels like she’s revisiting the same territory. Does it work this go ’round? You tell us when you check out both the song and video right here.