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


10. Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix) feat. Da Brat, Xscape (1996)
This remix makes me want to make up, break up, make babies, weep tears of joy, weep tears of heartbreak, and mourn the loss of the 90s. Suffice it to say I’m a little emotional right now. On an unrelated note, why are Da Brat’s braids still better than everyone else’s?

9. Obsessed feat. Gucci Mane (2009)
Is there anything greater than hearing Mariah Carey sing the words “Napolean complex“? No. No, there isn’t. Unless of course she’s singing it on one of the greatest diss records ever. Shouts-out to Eminem. And Gucci!

8. Jadakiss feat. Mariah Carey: U Make Me Wanna (2004)
Mr. Raspy and Madame Butterfly teamed up to bring us a classic ride-or-die chic song. And from this we learned that Jadakiss may be a gangsta, but when Mariah’s in the bulding he just wants to make loooove.

7. Heartbreaker Remix feat. Jay-Z
The moment when I officially developed insecurities about my body. Commence hating….. now!

6. H.A.T.E.U. Remix feat. OJ Da Juiceman, Big Boi, Gucci Mane (2009)
OJ Da Juiceman? Gucci Mane? Seriously, only Mariah could pull this off. And yes, when you’re finished listening to this, you’re allowed to go watch the original Ghost Town DJ My Boo video.

5. Honey (Bad Boy Remix) feat. The LOX, Puff Daddy, and Ma$e
Sigh. A lot’s changed since 1997! The LOX fired Puff Daddy. Puff Daddy became Diddy. And Ma$e retired to become a preacher. At least we can always count on Mariah… to never change her name, and never enter the ministry. Fingers crossed.

4. Fantasy Remix feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (1995)
We wouldn’t be here enjoying this epic jam session if it wasn’t for this song, the first ever Mariah Carey/seemingly misplaced but ultimately genius rapper collaboration. Brooklyn is, in fact, in the house. This one’s for you, ODB!

3. Oh Boy (I Need You) feat. Cam’Ron (2002)
When I first heard Cam’Ron’s Oh Boy sample on this, I knew M.C. was about to take us someplace special. I wasn’t disappointed. Throw in Cam’Ron’s unnecessarily thick Harlem accent to compliment Mariah’s super-sweet, pitch-perfect vocals, and you’ve got one of the greatest songs in the history of music, sound, and humanity itself. Oh, and then Cam goes and shouts-out Tweet? Done!

2. Jay-Z feat. Mariah Carey: Things That U Do (2000)
Easily one of my favorite hip-hop songs ever. Swizz on the beatz. Mimi on the hook. Pure madness. And, before seeing the Complex magazine list, I had NO clue this was Mariah. So yeah, I’m done. She reigns. Oh, Jay reigns too. But I already knew that :)

1. Breakdown feat. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Breakdown (1998)
Um. I graduated from Cleveland School Of The Arts. In Cleveland. Home of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. There’s no way this wasn’t going to be number one.

*Special thanks to the love of my life. This list would not have been possible without the moment when he almost walked out on our family because the Fantasy Remix was [originally] not in the top five. That’s when I knew ish was real. And although we remain in disagreement over number one, we’re trying to work through it. Mariah will help with that. She always does…


  • 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!!!!