Last week we heard some new music from Mariah Carey and a lot of ya’ll had mixed feelings. I, for one, found the original Triumphant track to be a bit of a disappointment, since we didn’t get to hear very much from the diva herself. And on top of that, Mariah is the undisputed (in my mind, lol) queen of the hip-hop collab! She’s produced much better songs than what came of her link-up with Rick Ross and Meek Mill (though I heart those two like cray), and I’ve got the proof inside. And… on a personal note… I can’t even front. Making this list was the most fun I’ve had since last week when I started working on PITNB’s Best Videos Of The 90s list (forthcoming!!!). I really, really hope it’s as fun for you guys to experience it. Like… OMG. How could I have forgotten about the H.A.T.E.U. Remix??? And how did I not know that there was a remix to The Roof??? Featuring…. Mobb Deep?! That’s it. That was it! If I was ever for 22 seconds, not in love with Mariah Carey, that’s all changed now. She is the queen of all things; she has literally collaborated with every rapper that I would collab with if I had a killer five-octave range. Now if we can just get her in the studio with A$AP Rocky and/or Andre 3000 my life will be semi-complete. All hail the woman who makes Gucci Mane sound good. Gucci! The ill countdown is popping off inside!
Oh, and special thanks to Complex– they just published a complete history of all forty-one of Mariah’s collaborations with rappers. But when I saw that they didn’t rank the songs, or post the videos, or give any commentary, I thought it might be nice to pull this together. Enjoy!
15. Up Out My Face feat. Nicki Minaj (2010)
Ok, truth be told I don’t absolutely love this song… which is why it’s #15. But, there’s something about this collaboration that makes perfect sense; the Barbie and the Butterfly were destined to make a track together. And this is the perfect track for them. Plus Mariah goes in about those Legos (@ 3:36). LMAO!
14. Heartbreaker Remix feat. Da Brat and Missy Elliot (1998)
This song almost didn’t make the list. And then Missy started rapping. And I was like, “Oh yeah.” Also, peep the faux wedding between Brat and Snoop. FTW!
13. Loverboy Remix feat. Ludacris, Shawnna, Da Brat, Twenty II (2001)
Oh my gosh. Remember TRL????? Nobody does booty shorts like M.C. circa 2001. Nobody.
12. Shake It Off Remix feat. Jay-Z and Young Jeezy (2005)
I. CANNOT. WITH. THIS. BEAT. If you’re not doing a slow wind to this then I cannot help you. If you’re not sure what a slow wind is, please google it and start doing it as soon as possible. I didn’t even know this remix existed 24 hours ago… so how was I even living a full, complete life? The answer is, I wasn’t.
11. The Roof (Back In Time) feat. Mobb Deep and Big Noyd (1998)
In a parallel universe, this same list exists, but with some variation. And this song is number one. ‘Cause it’s just the best.