If you thoroughly enjoyed our recent Album Tales deep-dive into the creation of Mariah Carey’s Music Box (1993), here’s a li’l extra something-something: five examples of Mimi’s sampling nous.
Fantasy feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (1995)
It has to be said that Mariah’s remix of Fantasy, her Ol’ Dirty Bastard collaboration, is a masterclass in hip hop-infused pop. “I knew hip hop added exciting, young energy to almost any other sound if done correctly,” she writes in her book. “I knew Puff would be the perfect producing partner for the Fantasy remix I was dreaming about.” This song’s catchy, squelchy Tom Tom Club sample (Genius Of Love) shines even brighter in the remix.
Honey feat. Ma$e & The LOX (1997)
This song ensured Mariah was fly with the hip-hop kids. Q-Tip brought World’s Famous Supreme Team’s Hey DJ sample to the table. It just so happened that The LOX – who Mariah rated highly – were also recording at NY’s Hit Factory studios so they were summoned to join the session and, voila! Honey also interpolates a sample from The Body Rock by The Treacherous Three.
Heartbreaker feat. Jay-Z (1999)
Producer DJ Clue presented the idea for Heartbreaker based around a sample from Stacy Lattisaw’s Attack Of The Name Game, and Mariah dug it. Then DJ Clue thought of Jay-Z, he was down to rap on the track and the rest as they say is history.
The lead single from Glitter, Loverboy is built around a sample from Candy by Cameo. However, the original version of Mariah’s song contained a sample of Firecracker by the Yellow Magic Orchestra. Wha’ happened? Well, Mariah got wind of the fact that Jennifer Lopez was also sampling this YMO song for her own track, I’m Real, she switched to Candy since J. Lo’s album was dropping a month before her own. Mariah believes this is a perfect example of ‘Sony Tony’ sabotage since she got in first and had already paid to use the Firecracker sample. The original version of Loverboy (containing the Firecracker sample) appears on her recent release, The Rareties.