1995, Mariah, 25 years old, 5 octaves pop vocalist decides to feature a black musician in her remix of her #1 lead single 'Fantasy', which changed pop music forever.
Prior to the 'Fantasy' remix featuring co-founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol' Dirty Bastard, no one had thought/dared to mix hiphop and pop. The two came together and remixed her lead single of her off of her 5th album Daydream. The result was a mix of hiphop/pop perfection. The track gave birth to a new musical genre titled 'hip-pop' as Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes once put it.
It wasn't an easy move for Mariah to make, as her husband/label CEO at the time wanted to keep her image as "plain jane/girl next door" allowing her to enter the hiphop/rnb field would tarish that. Mariah pushed for more creative control and succedded ultimately having to divorce him later on to gain full control.
“The record companies didn’t understand my collabs with hip-hop artists and producers, such as ‘Fantasy’ with ODB or ‘Heartbreaker’ with Jay Z,” Carey told Variety in August. “Now anyone would kill to have a record with Jay Z. I got a lot of flak for that.”
Mariah continued her collabrations with hiphop/rnb artists further into her career, having tracks featuring the likes of Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and DJ Clue after the Daydream era.
Many saw the success of this formula and emulated it into their works-
- Mariah would rerecord all her voices for her remixes and even going as far to change lyrics and arrangements so theyre pretty much new songs. see 1 vs 2
- Mariah was the first pop girl to do the changing up their image thing with the use of hiphop/RnB
- Mariah stated that the Fantasy Remix was made up half the sales of the Fantasy single and is what pushed it to be #1
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ONTD, what is your fav remixes?
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