I Was Wrong About Mariah Carey’s Newer Material

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The Island Def Jam Group, Mariah Carey

Yesterday morning I listened to Mariah Carey’s 43 Best Songs playlist on Spotify. I’ve always been big on classic, pop-ballad Mariah. You know, the artist her first husband, Tommy Mottola wanted her to be. I’ll admit that is kind of selfish on my part since she has always been influenced by hip hop artists. But as I listened past those songs she created in the early years of the 2000s decade, I (re)realized something. No, Mariah’s voice isn’t up to the same par it used to be when she released “Vision of Love” in 1990. It’s not even at “Hero” level. But she’s found away to utilize her voice in other ways. Integrating rap/urban/club (read: black) elements in her music means she gets to be a vocal actress. Breathy vocals and rap-sung verses do her favors on the non-single “Migrate” from 2008’s “E=MC²”.

Looking back though her discography, it’s easy to see that Carey has always tried to tread the line between maintaining a pop audience but still being authentic to herself and the kinds of tunes she wants to reflect her. Rap mixes pepper her collection. Fused with club songs are the revamped style of ballads she’s adopted within the past decade or so. Continue reading

Mariah Carey Debuts “Triumphant”

The Island Def Jam Music Group and Mariah Carey

The Island Def Jam Music Group and Mariah Carey

Today Mariah Carey released her new single “Triumphant” featuring Meek Mill and Rick Ross. The track doesn’t follow the current dance-pop trend instead it stays true to her personal sound. It’s the norm for Mariah: urban pop with hip-hop features. It’s an encouraging anthem with big beats and solid vocals from MC. The horns get the song’s message across–that anything is possible. It’s not clear that Rick Ross or Meek Mill serve much of a purpose on the track except to make the song more appealing to those that want an edgy song but the three of them gel well.

The singer says she wrote it during a hard time:

Listen to the song below

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