A little more than a week after it was announced that she would be earning $18 million to become a judge on American Idol, Mariah Carey has a brand new single to match her brand new evaluative career.
For the occasion, Mimi has enlisted the help of the Maybach Music MCs Rick Ross and Meek Mill, as well as veteran R&B producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox. The end result is a track that blends the best of modern hip-hop production with ’90s R&B, leaving Mariah plenty of room for vocal heroics. She even does some of her trademark glass-shattering falsetto throat whistling on the track, proving she’s still got it going on.
Before you accuse Mimi of trying to stay relevant by collaborating with rappers, check your facts — Mariah Carey is no stranger to collaborating with hip-hop’s biggest stars. She teamed up with Ol’ Dirty Bastard in 1995 on the “Fantasy” remix, she did a song called “Breakdown” with Bone Thugs N Harmony in 1998, and she’s collaborated multiple times with Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Mystikal, and many, many more. The hip-hop bloodline in Mariah Carey’s music is nothing short of authentic.
We’ve got two mixes of the song for your listening pleasure. First, we’ve got the official single version featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, and then we’ve got the “Vintage Throwback Mix,” which sounds a lot more like a classic ’90s Mariah dance track. We’re not going to tell you which version is better — it all depends how much Maybach you like in your R&B.
Official Single Mix
Vintage Throwback Mix