Now Playing: Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel + Plus news on her Remix Effort


Once I fell behind on my album reviews (too much good music being released!) I made a conscious effort to at least continuing purchasing good music, since good music is what this Blog is all about anyways, right? So on a whim while picking up my Jay-z tickets a couple weeks back (concert was great!), I picked up Mariah’s newest effort, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The linear notes showed that Mariah had solely worked with producer dream team The Dram & Tricky Stewart, which definitely excited me. The album did not disappoint. It starts off strong with one of the year’s most cunning and vengeful tracks, Betcha Gon’ Know where Mariah taunts a cheating lover,

“Betcha Gon Know how it feels and we fade to black
And you see your whole world collapse
I’m gonna lalalalala laugh…..
Right in your face boy”

Mariah is scathing on the opening track. She also gives a more in-depth treatment to the Dream’s demo for Can’t Wait to Hate You, that we posted on a while back. Mariah’s version, renamed H.A.T.E.U includes more of her writing and more of her signature high-pitched vocals. Many of the songs on Memoirs include more heartbroken love songs from Mariah – a bit unexpected since she is happily married to actor Nick Cannon.  She is feisty, unapologetic and extra sassy on songs like Up out My Face and Standing O. But Mariah also has her standard beautiful love ballads as well, including Angels Cry and I Want to Know What Love is (a remake of Foreigner’s original hit). One can see the influence Trick & Dream have had on Mariah on songs like Ribbon. With the chopped & screwed DJ voice in the background, Mariah sings,

“I got your lovin’ on my mind
You got me wrapped up, packed up
Ribbon with a bow on it”

MariahCArey – Betcha Gon’ Know

Mariah Carey – H.A.T.E.U

Even though Memoirs has not been as successful on the Charts, it is some of Mariah’s better work since the original Emancipation. It has been revealed that Mariah will be releasing a remix album soon that will include a lot more features (Trey Songz, R.Kelly, Gucci Man and Big Boi to name a few) as well as remixes to most of Memoirs songs. R.Kelly tweeted recently that he just finished recording a prelude to Betcha Gon’ Know in the wee hours of the late night. I know I am beyond excited for this effort that may also include new songs as well. Mariah is currently filming a video for H.A.T.E.U. Below are two proposed track listings for Mariah’s remix album.

1. Betcha Gon’ Know, Pt. 2 featuring R. Kelly
2. Obsessed featuring Gucci Mane
3. H.A.T.E.U. (So So Def Remix) featuring OJ Da Juiceman, Big Boi, & Gucci Mane
4. Candy Bling (I Remember) featuring T-Pain
5. Ribbon featuring The-Dream & Lil’ Wayne
6. Inseparable featuring Trey Songz
7. Standing O featuring Kanye West
8. It’s a Wrap (Tricky Remix) featuring Mary J. Blige
9. Up Out My Face featuring Nikki Minaj & Fatman Scoop
10. More Than Just Friends/One More Chance (Remix)
11. The Impossible featuring Jodeci
12. Angels Cry (DJ Clue Remix) featuring Jadakiss & Fabolous
13. Imperfect
14. Skydiving featuring Timbaland
15. They Don’t Know Me
16. 100 Percent

Second rumored tracklist:
1. “Betcha Gon’ Know (Remix featuring Diddy & R. Kelly)”
2. “Obsessed (Remix featuring Gucci Mane)”
3. “H.A.T.E.U. (Remix featuring OJ Da Juiceman, Big Boi & Gucci Mane)”
4. “Candy Bling (Remix featuring T-Pain)”
5. “Ribbon (Remix featuring Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri)”
6. “Inseparable (Remix featuring Trey Songz)”
7. “It’s a Wrap (Remix featuring Beyoncé)”
8. “Up Out My Face (Remix featuring Lil Wayne)”
9. “More Than Just Friends (Remix featuring Alicia Keys & Lil Wayne)”
10. “The Impossible (Remix featuring Jodeci)”
11. “Angels Cry (Remix featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)”
12. “I Want to Know What Love Is (Remix featuring Styles P. & Jadakiss)”
13. “Call Me Now” (Japan bonus track)
14. “That’s a Smash” (Japan bonus track)

*tracklistings via The Doc Report


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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. […] to perform one of my favorite songs off her latest album (check out my album review of Memoirs here) , H.A.T.E.U.  This is a tough song to sing live but Mariah does it justice, hitting all of her […]

  2. Call Me Now is a UK track, and is set to be the next single here instead of H.A.T.E.U.

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