Mariah Carey: “Bring back the days when R&B records didn’t have to crossover”

A few days ago Mariah Carey, mainstream R&B’s last mohican (with the obvious exception of Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz), set the internet’s universe and commercial radio a light when she finally released her highly anticipated Rick Ross and Meek Mill featured single,  “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” to the masses.

To help kick start her single and forthcoming album’s campaign, the vocal powerhouse hosted a conference call for press and media outlets. During the almost 40-minute Q&A session the Grammy Award winning singer fielded questions ranging from what fans should expect from her forthcoming LP, working with Hip Hop’s dopest emcees, artists she hopes to work with and deciding the name of the new album.

Early on during the call Mariah spoke on wanting classic R&B sound to return back to its former mainstream success. “It would be incredible if we could bring the days when R&B records didn’t have to crossover and just be hits on their own,” she says. ”

I remember back when those records were the soundtracks of people’s lives. I remember when I was pregnant with dem babies they only responded to the songs with the classic R&B feel. It just makes me sad that there are so many great R&B artists out there that don’t get the chances that they should.”

However at 19 minutes in Mariah discussed her displeasure at mainstream Hip Hop and R&B’s current and in my opinion disturbing fixation with Fake Dubstep Electronic music/Uptempo dance music – and not wanting to fall into that trap.

“[While] I was pregnant (forever), I was being tortured by Techno music and I was complaining to anyone who would listen. I remember one time I made dinner for [music executive] L.A Reid and we were both sitting there like ‘What Happened?’

“What started to get to me was when Hip Hop and R&B music seemed to be getting bowled over by [Electronic music/Uptempo dance music]…. I decided to re-sing all the vocals for “Triumphant” like I used to do way back in the day… so at least it would have some sort of passion and soul to it. Then the Dance club remixers could do whatever they wanted to do, because I sang it at their tempo,” said the Def Jam recording artist.

“I was like, ‘What am I going to do.’ I’m not talking about all that type of music but I just really didn’t want to do that type of music. I didn’t want to go that direction just because it’s in,” she said.

Listen to the entire call below.


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