For her last studio album, the ridiculously-titled Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah Carey took a huge risk. She kissed many of her usual collaborators goodbye, and enlisted The-Dream & Tricky to produce almost the entire disc in their trademark style.
As we all know, Memoirs was met with mixed-reviews and tanked on the charts, potentially destroying any chance of Mariah ever experimenting with her music ever again. At least, that’s the impression she’s given with the details of her just-announced comeback single, “Triumphant (Get Em)”.
Due in August, the new song was co-written and co-produced by classic Mimi collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox, and contains obligatory Mariah rap features from Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
JD and B-Cox have teamed up on multiple Mariah albums over the years, crafting songs like “How Much” from Rainbow, “The One” from Charmbracelet, and “We Belong Together” and “Shake It Off” from The Emancipation of Mimi. They contributed separately to multiple tracks from E=MC2.
“Triumphant (Get Em)” marks the first time Mariah’s worked with Meek Mill, but Rick Ross previously appeared on the official “Touch My Body” remix.
Mariah’s post-Emancipation albums have been extremely hit-and-miss (although I like them more in retrospect than I did at the times of their releases — especially Memoirs), and right now it sounds like Mariah is reverting to a safe and dated formula in response to Memoirs flopping.
On the plus side, even an old Charmbracelet or Emancipation b-side would still shit on the majority of the stuff on the charts these days. Right?
R.I.P. pop Mariah. Hello urban Mariah.