Three years after the release of her last non-holiday full-length opus, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” Mariah Carey returns with her first single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.
“Working with Ross and Meek on the same record was incredible,” Mariah Carey told media on a conference call today (August 2). “Obviously Ross is a star and everybody loves him. I’m a fan of his music. I really, really wanted to work with him. I love the tone of his voice. I think the contrast of his voice and mine would be something special. I always like to do collaborations that people might think are different.”
“Meek adds an excitement, a newness to the record that is pretty rare right now,” Mariah continued.
“Triumphant,” which Randy Jackson chimed in to say is “inspirational,” is the first single off Mariah’s 14th studio album. The singer touched on the untitled album while on the call. “I’m collaborating with a lot of my favorite people but the main thing is [that] I’m not trying to follow any particular trend,” she said. “I want it to be well received. I want to stay true to myself and the music that I love and make the fans happy.”
Mariah also spoke on how she felt of the current state of R&B and its mainstream cross-over, saying “It would be incredible if we can bring back the days where R&B songs didn’t have to cross over. It makes me sad that there are so many talented R&B artists that don’t get the chance that they should.”