Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri are a proven combination of musical magic. In the studio they've created songs that stood the test of time. Now, after sharing a working and personal relationship that spans well over a decade, the two are back at it with a new album. While JD has also taken on the manager role for Mariah, he'll also be producing on her forthcoming album, The Art of Letting Go.
"We've always had similar tastes in music," Mariah told MTV News of their relationship. "So we met because he was already producing great records and I wanted to work with the person behind the music that I was listening to and loving. That's when people were [shocked] — 'she's trying to work with rappers.' They didn't know what to do with that."
The diva also talked about her connection to the fans.
"The way I interact with my fans, it's a different thing than most people," Carey explained. "I've [had] this type of relationship with my fans since I first knew I had fans, which was not till my third album. It [sounds] crazy but it's actually true. I never felt like 'oh I'm famous.' I think now, people have one song -- even if it's one song, they're like, 'look at me I'm famous....All of a sudden, fame takes over, [but] you have to stay you, you have to stay grounded and my fans have kept me grounded."