From The Vault: Mariah Carey – ‘The Roof’

Published: Sunday 27th Sep 2020 by Joe

Today’s From The Vault pick is a track that continues to shine – even though it didn’t on the charts.

Mariah Carey’s ‘The Roof’ is this week’s selection.

Included on Ms. Carey’s 1997 ground-breaking ‘Butterfly’ album, ‘The Roof’ was released as the set’s third single. Produced by Mariah alongside Poke & Tone + Corey Rooney, it’s built around a sample of classic Hip-Hop jam ‘Shook Ones (Part II) by Mobb Deep.

Detailing the events of a sexy encounter on a rainy night with a mystery man – recently revealed to be former flame Derek Jeter – it showcased a more mysterious and sensual side of the singer.

Due to conflicts with her label at the time, the track was only given a limited European release, where it didn’t necessarily set the charts on fire.
Through time, Mimi’s dedicated fanbase has often alluded to sabotage when it comes to this specific single.

Diane Martel and MC co-directed the song’s sexy video which showcases the songbird riding a limousine and reminiscing about that rainy night on some New-York rooftop, where magic once happened.

The video mix of the track featured a verse from Mobb Deep, who also make an appearance.

As the visual progresses, Mariah is seen standing in the rain through the limo’s sun-roof as her way of trying to relive that very special moment.

Sadly, ‘The Roof’ was never the hit it was designed to be, but it truly is the definition of a fan-favorite and rightfully so. With its slick and hard production, poetic lyrics, as well as its edgy video, it represents Mariah in top form in all her areas of expertise.

We can’t wait to read about how this song and plenty others came about once her memoir ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey’ hits the stands on Wednesday (September 29).

30 years into her career, the diva still knows how to keep us magnetised to the magic that is her talent.

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  1. KB September 27, 2020

    This song!

  2. #WAP September 27, 2020

    I don’t even remember this song

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

      But the lambs sure do! 💁🏼‍♀️💋

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

        Imma cut u into some lamb chops. Stupid trashy ashy bish👵🏿 Fake marilyn monh-O-E

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

        LMAO 😂. I might be stupid but I’m still smarter than you ho. 💋💋💁🏼‍♀️

  3. Fancy BISH September 27, 2020


    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020


      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020


      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

        Hot n bothered n tired 🥱🥱. We love to see it 🤣😂💋💋🖕🏻🖕🏻💁🏼‍♀️

  4. WWWD September 27, 2020

    Mariah doesn’t look like she was really Slob on the knob like Derek Jeter really would want…she doesn’t want to hurt her vocals the d*** being shoved down her throat,,,rich men love to have their d*** sucked

  5. Late September 27, 2020

    A whole bop! I remember seeing this video played heavily on BET, but it didn’t receive much play on MTV. The sample is obviously a classic, but what I love about this song is the fact that she actually had Mobb Deep rap on the song as opposed to just sampling their song. This showed just how much of a fan of theirs she was!
    Also, we didn’t need confirmation that this song wasn’t about Tommy, because it was wayyyy too steamy. The wordplay, the imagery, the metaphors…everything about this song screams classic r&b mixed with hip-hop

  6. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

    30 years and She still dance like a miltank😂🤣😂🤣💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

      LMAO 🤣🤣🤦🏼‍♀️!! Miltank?? I’m officially dead 💀. You are one crazy ho. I had to look this one up. It’s a Pokémon. You’re using Pokémon references????😂😂😂😂🙅🏼‍♀️🙅🏼‍♀️ Now the trolling makes sense. You’re some adolescent 15 year old trying to start trouble. Boy go sit in the timeout corner. 💋💋💋🖕🏻🖕🏻😂

  7. Theelusive1 September 27, 2020

    This SONG and VIDEO are BLAZIN 🔥🔥🔥🔥. MARIAH AT HER SEXIEST. Still in rotation

  8. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(Not 👵🏿marilyn monTroll👵🏿) September 27, 2020

    One of my absolute faves from the masterpiece that is the Butterfly album. This record gives me all the feelings. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Pat September 27, 2020

    My favorite Mc era

  10. #TheTruth September 28, 2020

    This song is fire 🔥 Sonically, lyrically… it hasn’t aged, that’s what you call a classic.
    One of my favs if not my favorite from MC.

  11. Shayla Queen 👑 September 28, 2020

    This is EASILY in my top 3 Mariah songs. So excited for the vinyl reissues!

  12. Gigi September 28, 2020

    Queen! This is a great song.

  13. so f_kn OVER YE September 28, 2020

    2nd FAV Mimi video after Breakdown. always stanned this vid when I was younger and couldn’t ever figure out why it didn’t go further until she revealed in her book how it was about Derek Jeter and how he was a major catalyst in her issues with Motola. the other major catalyst was Motolas gayness

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