Mariah Carey's 10 Most Essential Hip-Hop Collaborations


Mariah Carey just dropped her highly anticipated comeback single, "Triumphant," which features appearances from MMG artists Meek Mill and Rick Ross. This is a formula that's been used before by the E=MC² singer. Throughout her illustrious career, Mimi has built a reputation for recruiting the game's most relevant and hottest rappers to provide smooth sixteens to accompany her harmonies and mesmerizing melodies. In turn, MCs have frequently remixed Mariah's music, and some have even had the luxury of featuring her on their own smash records. The results speak for themselves and Mimi's track record validates that Hip-Hop and the soulful songbird do in fact, belong together. In light of "Triumphant," XXL Presents... Mariah Carey's 10 Most Essential Hip-Hop Collaborations —Christian Bonoan (@chrisakachise)

Mariah Carey ft. Mobb Deep "The Roof (Remix)"


This remix features a "Shook Ones Pt. 2" sample, and remains true to the Mobb Deep essence. The Queens MCs wreck havoc—no pun intended—towards the end, trading off bars that match the mood of the record.

Mariah Carey ft. Nas & Joe "Thank God I Found You (Make It Last Remix)"

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This underrated joint embodies the R&B sound of the '90s, and per usual Nas delivers lyrically, in the way only God's Son can. With Joe providing the vocal backbone, this throwback banger still bumps to this day.

Mariah Carey ft. Jadakiss & Styles P “We Belong Together (DJ Clue Remix)"


"We Belong Together" is one of Mariah's biggest hits ever. The track was everywhere during the summer of 2005. DJ Clue's remix made it a more uptempo joint and he recruited LOX members Jadakiss and Styles P for one of their coveted back and forth trade offs.

Mariah Carey ft. Ludacris & Da Brat "Loverboy (Remix)"

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Rappers frequently remixed Mariah's songs, with the hope of garnering some radio spins. Mimi evidently endorsed this DTP remix, making an appearance towards the end of the track.

Mariah Carey ft. Puff Daddy, Ma$e & The Lox “Honey (Bad Boy Remix)"


Diddy always proclaims that Bad Boy invented the remix. "Honey" was already a successful song on the charts to begin with, but once the Bad Boy MCs bodied the beat, it only further boosted the record's placement.

Jadakiss ft. Mariah Carey "U Make Me Wanna"

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The second Jadakiss and Mimi collabo on the list, proves the two certainly had chemistry when it came to making hit records. The instrumental showcases Scott Storch at his finest, and the duo delivered one of the better RnB joints of that year.

Mariah Carey ft. Camron - Oh Boy (I Need You)


Even though the beat was a a carbon-copy duplicate of Camron's "Oh Boy", this song still popped off due to Killa's buzz at the time. Both NY natives made their city proud by managing to mesh their unique sounds, and offering this banger that saw radio success.

Busta Rhymes ft. Mariah Carey & The Flipmode Squad “I Know What You Want”


This track features Mrs. Cannon alongside Flipmode, and remains Busta's most successful female swooning track to date. The visuals were one of the year's best, and portrays Mariah as the epitome of a ride or die chick.

Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z "Heartbreaker"


This single dominated the air waves in '99. In addition to Carey's catchy hook and melody, Hov's verse complimented the record, giving it a Hip-Hop edge.