JD Disagrees With Song of the Decade


Vibe / January 21, 2010

For years, Jermaine Dupri has been known for making hits, but never did he expect to make the biggest song of the 2000s.

According to HitsDailyDouble.com, Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” is the most popular song of the decade (2000-2009) based on airplay, record sales, and online streaming. The song, produced by Dupri, is the second single released from Carey’s album The Emancipation of Mimi.

“My style of production does not sound like pop music when you first hear it. Fortunately, they end up going that way. I had no idea what it was going to do; I just knew it was a good Mariah record,” Dupri told the site. “In my mind, it doesn’t sound like the song of the decade––it’s too different. It doesn’t sound like anything else.”

Dupri says that the creation of the song came on a whim.

“The first two [songs] we did, ‘It’s Like That’ and ‘Get Your Number,’ were more uptempo,” he said. “When we got back together in the studio, my idea was, let’s try some ballads this time—let’s flip the switch. We put a condenser mic in the studio so we could record every idea we came up with. When we went to play it back, you could hear the song coming to life. I cut the vocal myself at first, and she followed my direction to a ‘T.'”

And the rest is history. ––Linda Hobbs