Mariah Carey Takes Credit For Creating Pop/Rap Collaborations With “Fantasy”

Mike Wass | May 15, 2015 2:23 pm
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As a life-long Lamb, I’m programmed to agree with just about everything Mariah Carey says. However, the pop icon might have reached — just a little — by taking credit for creating pop/rap collaborations with 1995 chart-topper “Fantasy,” which featured Diddy and ‘Ol Dirty Bastard on the Bad Boy remix. “If I wanted to be cocky I would say this song helped pave the way for a specific genre of rap collaborations that followed,” she claims in the #1 To Infinity booklet.

“And many careers that were made on this specific model,” Mimi continues. “Whenever I hear the song, it still makes me smile. I freaking love it! RIP O.D.B.” While “Fantasy” is perhaps responsible for ushering in the era of rap remixes, pop/rap collaborations have been a thing since the 1980s. Is Mariah really going to pretend that Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat didn’t top the charts in 1989 with “Opposites Attract”?

Mariah’s boast:

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