Although Mariah Carey‘s current predicament is anything but glorious, the singer remains one of the most remarkable artists of all-time. A status she achieved by way of big hits, as well as lesser known numbers too.
The diva’s doomed single ‘Crybaby’ is this week’s From The Vault pick.
After much debate with her label (which was, at the time, still run by her newly ex-husband), the track was released as a double-A-side single, alongside ‘Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme).’ Both songs were included on Carey’s seventh studio album ‘Rainbow.’
‘Crybaby’ featured King of G-Funk Snoop Dogg and was built around a sample of Guy’s ‘Piece Of My Love.’ It was penned and produced by the singer alongside Damizza.
The single is renown for being Mariah’s first ever to miss the Top 20 after it peaked at #28 on the Hot 100; thanks largely to issues with her label.
Its visual took a literal approach to the song’s lyrics and depicts Mimi unable to sleep at 5 AM. Snoop makes an appearance in a via a video monitor. Sanaa Hamri assumed directorial duties, a role she also took for for the visualization of sister-single ‘Can’t Take That Away.’
Echoing earlier sentiments, we truly love us some Mariah Carey and we wish for nothing more than for her getting back to this level of brilliance. Even if chart glory – which we think she IS still capable of – isn’t in the cards for her next project, can we get a plate of slay as far as quality and cohesion goes. MC is too much of a force to only be relevant for being a revolving Instagram meme.