Riff: Cassie – “Don’t Play It Safe”

Jan 8, 2018

Don’t wait, baby/Don’t play it safe/Go take the reins/Show me some things, yeah

from Don't Play It Safe lyrics by Cassie

Producer Kaytranada braids together a willowy beat for Cassie to hold court over. It’s a minimal landscape with subtle melodies masterfully packed into tight crevices; common practice from one of the freshest producers in the game. Despite the easygoing nature of the beat, Cassie is driving to the bucket hard; demanding that her man not play it safe. She feels she’s worth the risk and that her love is a gamble that every man should be willing to take. Time is running short and she wants to make a move now before it’s too late. Her aggressiveness is matched only by her passion, which is a dual threat that in her opinion makes the relationship worth pursuing. The sultry vibe is full of lust and she’s bursting at the seems.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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