Mariah Carey has had a slew of chart topping hits. And with each one, you can bet for sure there was an interesting story behind how each was made; collaborations and all. In a recent Mariah Carey duet style list compiled by Billboard, A&R Cory Rooney had some interesting things to say about her collab with Ol’ Dirty Bastard on “Fantasy (Remix).”
As he recalls, ODB fell asleep three different times, and came in belligerently screaming on the phone. Here’s how it all started once he placed the call to recruit the late Wu Tang Clan member:
“I reached out to ODB and he wanted $15,000 to rap on the record,” Rooney said. “At the time, that was a lot of money, but it really wasn’t for Mariah Carey’s budget — so, no problem. He finally showed up, three hours late, and when he got there, it was about 10:30 at night. He had been drinking, and was on the phone when he walked in. Irate, screaming at some girl how he’s gonna come kill her, he’s going to kick her a**…and then whispering, ‘I love you.’ Then screaming again. This went on for an hour. “
Rooney continued to state that following ODB’s entrance, he had further requests to make. “He finally came out and was like, ‘Yo, pardon me, this bi**h is driving me crazy. I need some Moet and Newports before we get into this record.’ I said, ‘It’s 12:30 at night now bro, I don’t know where we’re going to get Moet from.’ He started yelling at the assistants, calling them white devils, saying, ‘You white devils, y’all don’t want black people to have sh*t.’ They went out for like an hour, and the only thing they could find were some Heinekens. He was so disgusted, he threw a bottle on the floor.”
When it was time to begin the recording process, ODB continued to fall in and out of a slumber while managing to piece together his verse.
“At this point Mariah had been calling every hour on the hour, wanting to hear something over the phone. Tommy was pissed because Mariah was keeping him up, so he finally got on the phone with ODB — and after that, finally we started to record,” Rooney revealed. “He said one line — ‘me and Mariah, go back like babies with pacifiers’ — then paused, said, ‘Yo, I need to take a break,’ and went to sleep for 45 minutes.” Once ODB woke up, he would continue the same routine.
“He would come up with a line, punch that in, go to sleep. He went to sleep 3 different times in the middle of trying to get that one verse done,” he said. “If you listen to the record now, on his verse, you can hear that it’s punched in in pieces. He actually told the engineer, ‘Y’all better have your sh*t set and record it right, cause I’m not doing it twice.'”
Welp at least they got the job done, right?