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.