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About RJJ12 from USA: A fan since 1990. Favorite Mariah quotes, "It doesn't matter how I look, if I'm singin..." & "I can't even know what to say." I love R&B and Hip Hop, but I listen to any genre of music as long as the song is great. Love saaaanger/songwriters. I'm not a "yes" fan but I do give credit when its due.

Article: Mariah Carey recalls feeling the need to "disappear" (106,368) by RJJ12 from USA
I feel like she wrote it during the Stella era after the New Year's Eve fiasco. After that situation of being exposed and her vocal talent/ability being questioned I would have wanted to disappear as well. Most people don't know she writes but everyone knows she's famous because of her insane vocal ability. Once her use of pre records got exposed, most people figured it was over for her. I love that we are finally getting more details behind the writing of these songs. It's good to start with Portrait as it's from her most recent album. She's perceived of having everything anyone could ever want. Yet, with all her blessings, she is only human and has had her failures and dark periods in her life. Starting with this song will help humanize her and help spread the word that she is the pen behind the lyrics to all these great songs.
(Wednesday 8 May 2024; 19:04)
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After AI (106,357) by RJJ12 from USA
The AI stuff usually sounds horrible but this one really sounds like her. She probably had something to do with the original vocal arrangement on top of writing the song. I didn't really care for it before but with hearing how she might sound on it, I really like it. I hope we get a Rarities 2 where she adds songs she wrote for other artists.
(Monday 6 May 2024; 20:27)
Troll (106,219) by RJJ12 from USA
Lol at the soap opera reference Robert - lol. Or Jean Grey from the X-Men. Whiny and utterly useless to the team.
(Friday 19 April 2024; 04:39)
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Troll-C (106,218) by RJJ12 from USA
A hurt dog will holler. You love that I finally gave you attention. Yup, a troll is what you are. Stay underneath the bridge and away from this community once and for all. You can't sit with us and you don't go here.

Troll: a person who intentionally antagonizes others online by posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content. Internet trolls. In the late 1980s, Internet users adopted the word "troll" to denote someone who intentionally disrupts online communities.
(Friday 19 April 2024; 04:37)
Troll (106,212) by RJJ12 from USA
Is that troll back under the name C? Please get rid of its new alias.
(Thursday 18 April 2024; 21:46)
Mariah Carey style breakdown: a hyperfeminine princess? (106,201) by RJJ12 from USA
Mimi L. I saw this video and thought of you. I thought it was a very well put together documentary on her style.
(Thursday 18 April 2024; 01:45)
Fatigue/lack of energy (106,199) by RJJ12 from USA
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(Thursday 18 April 2024; 00:23)
No new album in 2024 (105,855) by RJJ12 from USA
I hope she continues to take her time. She said she was rushed into releasing Caution and she didn't get to craft that album exactly how she wanted to. I hope we get an upbeat r&b/doo wop song from her like Dreamlover and It's a Wrap when she dies come back out. I miss those types of lead singles. I'm glad she is jumping on remixes as this gives her added exposure to a younger audience without any risk. Hopefully artists of the moment will want to duet or ask for a feature. If one so happens to become successful, she can follow it up with her own lead single.
(Sunday 3 March 2024; 20:29)
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Similarity between Big Energy Remix and yes, and? (105,715) by RJJ12 from USA
Mimi L, they should have hired you as head of the promo team. I like your ideas.
(Saturday 24 February 2024; 16:27)
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Time of release UK (105,543) by RJJ12 from USA
Stacey great minds think alike. I've been listening to MB30 since its release. Mostly to Dreamlover, AILF Extended, Workin Hard Remix, IBTAY Remix. Ifs it's late I listen to My Prayer, Do You Think of Me and all the moody tracks on the second CD and sometimes let the live concert just play. She has been giving us new stuff each year. I'll take some quality unreleased tracks any day from her while we wait for a new album.
(Sunday 18 February 2024; 18:07)
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Yes and, my thoughts (105,459) by RJJ12 from USA
If I could thumbs up this post 50 times I would. Keep posting Tevin.
(Friday 16 February 2024; 03:16)
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Independent route? (105,239) by RJJ12 from USA
Hi RA. I heard his new single but it was meh. Without a strong single his album is going to flop. Hoping Mariah has some uptempo bangers. I need two uptempos back to back. After the success of Hiss, Meg The Stallion has a distribution deal with universal where she gets to keep 100 of her masters and publishing and is still independent. I would love something like this for MC.
(Sunday 4 February 2024; 00:54)
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Independent route? (105,208) by RJJ12 from USA
Usher has a new album coming out and is performing at the Super Bowl this year and using the promo of the performance to launch his new project. This will be his first project as an independent artist. I'm wondering if Mariah is contemplating doing the same thing and really taking her time to have several projects ready to go. The only issue is that major radio formats don't always play veteran artists past the age of 5. We will never really know if Caution would have been a hit as Epic only sent her singles to Adult AC and Urban AC radio formats instead of top 40 stations. Those small niche markets are where singles go to die a slow death without any hope of climbing. As an independent artist she can decide the singles and what radio formats she would send them to. Would a top 40 station play a new Mariah song? Maybe if it's uptempo but no present day Mariah ballad or mid tempo will get the time of day with major radio formats. Maybe her team can cut a deal with these stations in exchange for Christmas concert giveaways since her Christmas tours keep getting bigger and bigger. There has to be a way they can leverage her Christmas relevancy and dominance to help launch a new record and get it to chart well. Even at her commercial peak Mariah always got polarizing opinions, but it seems that present day Mariah is getting more love and acceptance than ever before.
(Friday 2 February 2024; 04:32)
Best Love Takes Time performance (104,615) by RJJ12 from USA
I disagree. Even with the lack of resonant belts and some imperfections, she really went there vocally and took some risks. She started to dive into the other parts of her voice to sing the song. I love all the passion she poured into this performance. One of my favorites. Shakiness and all. Here is the full Love Takes Time performance that night.
(Friday 22 December 2023; 15:12)
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I Don't Wanna Cry (103,579) by RJJ12 from USA
Same. Daydream will always be GOAT to me. I wonder if she found the "Ecstasy" song she made with Jermaine that she was looking for during Rarities. She claimed in an interview she couldn't find it. I'm hoping it's been discovered and is. Daydream session song. She said it sampled a particular song but didn't want to give away the idea.
(Tuesday 26 September 2023; 07:03)
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All I Live For differences Rarities/Extended (103,494) by RJJ12 from USA
Here is a video that points out the differences between the two versions. My theory is she found the Rarities version first and put that on Rarities. She found the extended version later and put that on MB30. A second theory is she found both but put the simpler version on Rarities and saved the extended for MB30 so she she had more to give us and help make the repurchase of an old album worth it. Not sure why some fans are complaining on why we got both and should have just got the extended. Honey was said to have 100 different vocal takes Puffy had to chose from. I wouldn't mind getting different Honey vocal takes on B30. I like both versions for different reasons. I prefer the verses from Rarities as she sings them much simpler and sticks to the melody more but I like the climax on the extended better. My version would be a blend of both. Th Rarities verses and the ending vocal climax of the extended.
(Friday 15 September 2023; 02:01)
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Working Hard remix snippet? (103,341) by RJJ12 from USA
Here is a second snippet that sounds a or better. This sounds really good.
(Thursday 7 September 2023; 17:14)
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Disc two (103,340) by RJJ12 from USA
Mariah said in an interview that she used everything she was working on for Butterfly. She stated there were no unreleased tracks from that era.
(Thursday 7 September 2023; 17:09)
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Working Hard remix snippet? (103,333) by RJJ12 from USA
What's your opinion based on what you heard?
(Thursday 7 September 2023; 03:35)
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Working Hard remix snippet? (103,323) by RJJ12 from USA
Since it's so close to the release date, here is a snippet DJ Terry Hunter played in July at a Chicago House Music Festival in July.
(Thursday 7 September 2023; 00:15)
It's a wrap for you baby challenge TikTok (102,077) by RJJ12 from USA
While you all argue over the definition of primary, joint, sole custody, 6 baby mamas, nonsense and drama, [It's a wrap] is going viral on [TikTok]. Kinds [sic] have discovered the song and made a dance to it. Someone mortified Mariah on Twitter and she even has her own [TikTok] up. What do you all think, a nice bump in streams or a possible top 10 hit a la Steve's [Lacy bad habits viral]?
(Monday 16 January 2023; 01:16)
Re: Honey/Heartbreaker mashup (101,378) (101,383) by RJJ12 from USA
I love the mash up too Stacy. It's brilliant. I also like how she incorporated Big Energy. Her set list is more youthful and upbeat. I like the new WBT version. I'm also not caring about pre records and shaky vocals. I will say I like the new ones in her current voice. I will say that her current live midrange sounded very Rainbowish in her tone. She sounds better live than in some of her recent recordings where she sounds like a chipmunk on the high parts. Bring on the projects.
(Saturday 1 October 2022; 18:46)
Re: Global Citizen (101,300) (101,308) by RJJ12 from USA
Here is a clip of her rehearsal. Spoiler alert as she did some interesting changes/mash up. Her voice sounds pretty good for as much as Mariah in 2022 can muster. Interested in watching the performance now.
(Saturday 24 September 2022; 04:16)
Re: I Stay In Love (101,298) (101,304) by RJJ12 from USA
I love this song. It's my favorite from the album and should have been the second single instead the trite Bye Bye. Bye Bye hit #20 solely based on the success of TMB. Had she released I Stay In Love as the second single while she was still doing promotion before she disappeared after her wedding it would have went number #1. I know people on this board hate it and call it a WBT clone, but every non lamb I play it for loves it and asks what album it's from and why she didn't release it. The label halfheartedly threw it out there during the fall with one performance and no radio adds or budget. Such a shame. That album was full of radio friendly songs that went to waste.
(Friday 23 September 2022; 20:17)
Rolling Stone Butterfly interview (101,279) by RJJ12 from USA
The Rolling Stone Butterfly interview was really good. I loved how she dived into the creation of the songs and how the interviewer noticed that it was Mariah who would lead Walter into a more R&B/Gospel/Soul leaning sound than his work with other artists, like a Celine Dion. I appreciate that even though he has publicly spoken poorly of her, she still speaks highly of him and gives him his flowers. Per this interview we can confirm that Walter was the second producer during the butter knife incident. I liked the bonus story at the end about her experience with weed brownies and how she almost thought she made a mistake with her then experimental approach to Breakdown. Here is the link for those that want to hear it.
(Wednesday 21 September 2022; 02:41)


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