From The Vault: Mariah Carey – ‘Fantasy’

Published: Sunday 27th Mar 2016 by Joe

Though Christmas is Mariah Carey‘s usual holiday of predilection, this year sees the premium diva serve as the Queen of Easter as she is celebrating her 46th birthday today.

For the occasion, From The Vault takes it all way back to the year 1995 when the songbird released what was to be one of her biggest singles to date. ‘Fantasy’ is our chosen pick of the day.

After four albums in as many years, Mariah clearly had no plan to slow down anytime soon. Seizing on her monstrous momentum, she released blockbuster effort ‘Daydream’ led by  ‘Fantasy’ – which was produced by Carey alongside Dave Hall.

Keen on bridging the gap between R&B and Hip-Hop, an Urban remix was produced, masterminded by Puff Daddy and featuring guest vocals by Wu Tang Clan’s Old Dirty Bastard. Though the idea of having girl-next-door Mariah and gangsta rap king ODB on the same song puzzled many initially, it proved rather beneficial to both the artists’ catalogues and careers. More broadly has changed the music industry forever from a  fusing genres standpoint.

To this day, ‘Fantasy’ is Mimi’s fifth biggest release in the US where it has reached the top of the Billboard chart – her ninth at the time – for 8 consecutive weeks. Elsewhere, it achieved commercial success too peaking at #1 in Canada and Australia and #5 in the UK.

Disappointed with the outcome of some of her previous videos, the diva added yet another title to her already impressive resume when she chose to direct the video for the single.

Set at an amusement park, the visual captures that care-free aura the song evokes and sees Mimi letting her hair down on a rollercoaster, roller-blading and partying. An alternate edit for the remix featured ODB interwoven.


Though the world can be tough on her – sometimes justifiably – no one can diminish Mariah’s influence in Pop Culture as we know it. During her 26 years in the industry she has been through the highest of highs as well as lowest of lows but somehow has managed to consistently remind the masses why they fell for her. How? By way of her timeless talent and iconic hits such as this.

Two decades on, we’re still bopping to ‘Fantasy’ – which still sounds oh so sweet.

Happy Birthday Ms. Carey!

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  1. LB March 27, 2016

    Yonce wishes she could be as great as Mimi

    • GiselleKNOWSBEST March 27, 2016

      Shet yo ugly jug head ass up

    • Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 27, 2016

      Rihanna wishes she could be as great as both.

      • rosy3 March 28, 2016

        Girl rih is mention in right behind Mariah stfu

      • Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 28, 2016

        Lmfao b**** u wish.

  2. Kitteneyez March 27, 2016

    Today a queen was born

  3. GODRIAH March 27, 2016

    Congrats Mimi on your anniversary!!! ??? Thank u so much for giving us such memorable hits like Fantasy, Hero, Always Be My Baby, My All, We Belong Together, and other worldwide classics!!! U will always have a special place in my heart.

  4. LmfaoHoe March 27, 2016

    Wasn’t the anniversary for Emticipation of Mimi a few days ago? Wish ya had did a post about that era and the album. Shake It Off, Its Like That, Mine Again, WBT, fly like a bird, Don’t forget about us, ext that album was The Comeback and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us again. IDC what anyone says MIAMTE was good too. Wish she didn’t pay Faded, Cry, Beautiful (too an extent), Camouflage, and You Don’t Know What Your Doing dust.

  5. Gee March 27, 2016

    The fantasy remix is what we know today as the hip pop formula. Twenty six years later this woman is still considered one of music’s greatest talents and one of the few left from a generation that prided it’s self on talent. Eternal light and blessings to you Ms. Carey on your anniversary as you refer to today. 3/27.

  6. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? March 27, 2016

    Mariah is QUEEN ?

  7. King Mark111 /.\ March 27, 2016

    I always hate the “whats you gonna do when you get out of jail”. That 90’s gangsta crap set our people back decades.
    Oh the 90’s, wasn’t even a day (not a single DAY) that you didn’t hear a MC song on the radio or a video on MTV.

    • ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 27, 2016

      Not one single lie detected about the 90s “jail” line. Mariah knew better than to encourage that.

    • UWasntThere March 28, 2016

      How were u around in the 90s but your dumb a*** don’t know that part was a nod to the tom tom clubs song which fantasy samples?! I hate disinformation spreaders !!!!

    • Anonymous March 28, 2016

      The “What you gonna do when get outta jail ” part stems from the original sample which was “Genius Of Love” by The Tom Tom Club in the 80’s. Why does there have to be an underlying meaning behind it?

  8. RASHAD March 27, 2016

    Nastalgic memories of when she was relevant! Happy birthday & many more to come ????????✨?????

    • rosy3 March 28, 2016

      She is still relevant b****

      • RASHAD March 28, 2016

        I think other wise! ?????

      • Teflon Boy March 28, 2016

        Tbh if you saw her on tour in the UK this last week you would eat your words.., she was phenomenal and even myself as a fan had to realise that much of our impression of Mariah is due to negative articles and blog write ups. Not saying she doesn’t add to it by generally being terrible at tv live performances (usually recorded in the morning) but we’re in an age where bad news travels faster than good news. There’ll be no coverage of her literally slaying her live stripped piano backed vocals to the gawds this past week but anyone who was there will have seen she has at least 20-30years more life left in that amazing voice and when rested, healthy and not dehydrated from champagne (Come on, we all know she enjoys a splash darhhling) it’s as vibrant and powerful as ever.

  9. Yorgo March 27, 2016

    Sales predictions for K Michelle’s album? lol

  10. ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 27, 2016

    A Mariah post right after an Ariana one? Ooh, TGJ is being extra shady today. I see y’all didn’t have a good Easter family dinner. Nevertheless, this song is such a funky, feel-good classic. I love her “The Adventures of Mimi” performance of it.

  11. Meteorite March 27, 2016

    ☄✨✨”…Cause you got the night to light up the sky! Meteorite in front of every eye! A shooting star! Your fame is flame!…” ☄✨✨
    Happy 46th Anniversary Mimi! Been listening to your discography all day! So many memories attached to each and every song, and I thank you for being my soundtrack for so many years and so many more to come!

    • ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 27, 2016

      Yes! “Supernatural” reminds me of “Meteorite” a little bit. What do you think about “Dedicated” and “You Don’t Know What to Do”?

      • Meteorite March 27, 2016

        Lol yeah now that you mention it, I can see Supernatural as like the B-Side of Meteorite.
        Dedicated I enjoy, it has that front porch and chill vibe.
        You Don’t Know What To Do, I love breaking my neck trying to sing, my puppy always looks at me cross eyed though lmao. Yeah I’m that bad haha, but hey.
        Overall MIAMTEC reminded me in so many ways of Butterfly. It actually was a good album, just sucks that must of the world has gone tone deaf and doesn’t understand good music anymore.

  12. MUSICHEAD March 27, 2016

    I love Mariah! Vision Of Love, Can’t Let Go, Fantasy, Breakdown, My All, The Roof, We Belong Together and Inseparable are my favorites.

    • ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? March 27, 2016

      Don’t forget “Babydoll”! Such a smooth, sultry, sensual jam that can put you right to sleep. It’s perfect for listening to while drinking wine late at night also.

  13. Stephon Jackson March 27, 2016

    All the versions of this song slay. The dance mix, ODM mix, Bad boy mix & the original pop radio/album version mix. Carey co-produced is all too. Classic #1 hit for sure.

  14. IG : @mixedboy March 27, 2016


  15. Tran anti no honey love time but it okay girl March 27, 2016


  16. Rebecca S for Queen Bey, Princess Rih, and R&B legend Monica March 28, 2016

    I love Mariah`s music, such an amazing catalog.

  17. .:: Centurion ::. March 28, 2016

    I like the album version better but the single featuring Ol’ Dirty Baśtard is great as well.

  18. JOHNVIDAL March 28, 2016

    The world tough on her? You mean haters like you??? LMAO It´s hilarious having to read some articles by Sam.

    Anyway, Mariah, reigning in a period when every single big name and talented artist was out. Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and all this crap are absolute jokes. Mariah still outsinging them in 2016 and being a better artist overall than them.
    Mariah is truly the last one of her breed. Monstrous and blockbuster are perfect words to describe what some Mariah or some other true greats eras and albums were. Only Adele can compare to that in that front.
    About the album itself: I´m tempted to consider it her very best ever. Too much greatness musically and too much unique vocal style. True legend.

    • #JACKIE March 28, 2016

      You’re so jealous and bias. Most of Moo’s #1s have been forgotten and she hasn’t been able to carry a note since 1994. Shut the f*** up.

      • Guest March 28, 2016

        But when has Ciara ever?

      • JOHNVIDAL March 28, 2016

        Oh really? LMAO

      • #JACKIE March 28, 2016

        And what was your point in posting that video? I could barely hear her but could still hear the struggle in those vocals. Kii. Like SLAYty said, Mooriah is good for a throwback??

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