This week, we salute an Urban classic by a Rap heavyweight and a vocal wonder.
Today’s pick is ‘I Know What You Want’ by Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey.
After the dancehall-dipped ‘Make It Clap’ failed to enter the Top 40 of the US charts, the ‘Want’ was chosen as the second single from the rapper’s sixth album ‘It Ain’t Safe No More.’ With guest verses from Busta’s Flipmode Squad, it heavily featured Mimi – who was in a an interesting phase in her career (post-Glitter, Pre-Emancipation).
After a number of years under-performing, the track was no doubt a reminder of the commercial clout Mariah still had.
‘Want’ brought both artists back in the Top 5, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 in 2003 – and #17 in the Year End Charts. It also reached the third position of the Australian and British tallies and was a chart topper on the overall European Hot 100 Singles.
The Chris Robinson visual presented Busta as a bodyguard falling for the wife of the man who hired him. Elsewhere, Mariah and the Flipmode Squad are seen lounging in a lavish mansion…just because. Ever the businesswoman, Carey flaunted pieces from her ‘Automatic Princess’ jewelry brand throughout the vid.
With a fresh duet about to drop ant day now, could Busta and Mariah be on their way to a brand new rap-sung classic? We seriously hope so! Though the musical landscape is way different that a decade ago, talent is still talent – and most of all a great song is still a great song.
Busta, Mimi, the ball’s in your court.