PITNB Relives And Re-lurves Mariah Carey’s 15 Greatest Hip-Hop Collaborations


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!

Mariah Carey’s 15 Greatest Hip-Hop Collaborations

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.

Don’t stop jamming now! Page 2 has The Top 10!

  • YoursTruly

    ~SIgh! Forgot how much I loved her til I remembered all the words ! Thank you SHANNON!!!! :-)

    • Shannon

      YoursTruly, so glad you got to relive and re-lurve; that was definitely the point! Thanks for commenting :)

  • nicole

    oh Shannon – i swear you’re after my heart with your music posts lol

    • Shannon

      nicole, don’t think for two seconds that I don’t have an ‘Aaliyah’ one in the works. What are some of your top specials? I love how hard you’ve been going for her lately!

    • nicole

      where do i start?
      Back & Forth
      At Your Best
      One In A Million
      If Your Girl Only Knew
      Ladies In Da House
      Come Back In One Piece
      Loose Rap
      If Your Girl Only Knew
      We Need A Resolution

      and thats all i can think of off the top of my head lol

  • Iris B

    !!! THIS…IS…AMAZING. I saw when you put up Mariah on Facebook, but I squealed just now going back to this.

    • Shannon

      Lol, that was my lil sneak peek ;)

  • Iris B

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I just saw number one. To this day, I play Breakdown. It’s probably my most favorite song of hers.

    • Shannon

      Iris B. In this moment, we are one.

  • jenn

    i used to riiide hard for dipset so #3 has a special place in my heart. this is one of thee best lists, ever.

    • Shannon

      jenn, yeeahhh! Killa Cam is a household fave over here :)

      So glad you’re enjoying!

  • Isabelle

    She is THE remix girl.

    • Shannon

      Isabelle, yes. It’s in her blood now, lol.

  • David

    My list:
    1) Fantasy remix feat ODB
    2) Breakdown feat. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Breakdown
    3) my all/stay awhile remix So So Def Mix With Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz)
    4) Honey (Bad Boy Remix) feat. The LOX, Puff Daddy, and Ma$e
    (ma$e did come back with an ill-fated comeback)
    5) Migrate feat T-pain
    6) Heartbreaker Remix feat. Jay-Z
    7) Don’t Forget About Us (Remix feat Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
    8) We Belong Together (Remix Feature Jadakiss and Styles P.)
    9) Side Effects Feat Young Jeezy
    10) I Still Believe/Pure Imagination (Damizza Remix Feat Krayzie Bone & Da Brat) or I Still Believe (Stevie J. Clean Remix Featuring Mocha & Amil)
    11)Say Somethin’ (So So Def Remix feat Dem Franchize Boyz)
    12) I’ll Be Loving You For Long Time (Remix) Feat. Ll Cool J
    13) Obsessed (REMIX) feat. Gucci Mane – 192
    14) Candy Bling (I Remember) Ft. T-Pain
    15) One and Only (featuring Twista)

    IT was so hard putting it in order so I’m not sure of the order but its my top 15

  • David

    I made a list on here but I think it disappeared and didn’t post so I’m not going to redo it but some of my favorites that didn’t make shannon’s list were:

    My All/Stay Awhile (So So Def Mix With Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz)

    I Still Believe (Stevie J. Clean Remix Featuring Mocha & Amil)

    I Still Believe/Pure Imagination (Damizza Reemix Featuring Krayzie Bone & Da Brat)

    Side Effects Feat Young Jeezy

    Candy Bling (I Remember) Ft. T-Pain

    Notable mentions:
    Don’t Forget About Us (Remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)
    I’ll Be Loving You For Long Time (Remix) Feat. Ll Cool J
    Say Somethin’ (So So Def Remix – Radio Edit) featuring Dem Franchize Boyz

    • David

      Oh I forgot to add Thank God I Found You (Make It Last Mix) feat nas and joe

    • Shannon

      David some of the comments have a delay when they post, sorry you had to post again! But I love your list! It was so hard to leave some of these out– I love the Make It Last Mix, and the Jadakiss/Styles P We Belong Together Mix. Another one that it PAINED me to leave out was Busta Rhymes/Flipmode/Mariah I Know what You Want. All classic!

      Thanks again for taking time to share the list with us!

    • Iris B

      “Fog the windows getting very sentimental/ Sipping Cosmos with the cherry in the middle…” *Drops Mic*

      Love Nas for that one.

  • colleen

    Heck yes Shannon. This list is da bomb. Thanks for sharing.
    But I do need some Busta and Mariah on this list! That’s one of my top 5 for sure.

    • Shannon

      colleen, i KNOW right? I may have to add a separate page for bonus tracks. That song was amazing!

    • Shannon

      Also, thank you colleen for bringing ‘da bomb’ back. It’s so appropriate, esp on this post :)

  • Danica

    Shannon, I used to feel “Breakdown” in my core — way, down deep. *flashback* Loved your top 15!

    • Shannon

      Danica, lol. That song still takes me someplace special… ya’ll are lucky I didn’t include the chopped&screwed version. Nuts.

      So glad you enjoyed!

  • Erica Croce

    Shannon! I love all you do but I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t remember that Murda Ma$e retired to become a preacher then CAME BACK…and then only faded into obscurity when his comeback album didn’t do well.

    Oh well. And Heartbreaker and the Honey Remix are my two favorites…maybe Breakdown after that? I don’t know. Still love you though. Shouts-out to wherever Ma$e is these days.

    (Oh, and the other day I was reading an article somewhere else and it contained the original “shout outs” phrase but in my head, I read it as “shouts-out”. That’s just the way it is now. Always.)

    • Shannon

      Erica!!! LMAO. TRUST ME– I remember when Ma$e came back; I do not like to bring that up, but you’re right it should have been said.

      Shouts-out to Murda Ma$e/Rev. Betha indeed! Shouts-out to the first person (probably someone from Harlem) who started saying shouts-out rather than shout-outs. He/She shall live on in infamy, here at PITNB, forever.

      Love you Erica!!!!