Rap star Rick Ross released his new album, Black Market, on Dec. 4. On one of the tracks, he remakes a Mariah Carey song with the pop superstar herself.
Ross and Carey first worked together on her one-off single from 2012, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," with fellow rapper Meek Mill. He got her into the studio once again for "Can't Say No," one of the new tracks on Ross' Black Market album. The collaboration heavily samples Carey's 1991 No. 1 hit, "Can't Let Go," from her Emotions album. J.R. Rotem was enlisted to produce the standout cut, which opens with a heavenly melody similar to Mariah's original before the club beats and synths set it. Carey seemingly laid down new vocals as she sings, "You're all I know / I can't let go." Ross slides into the song with social media-savvy verses that detail the strength of his hustle and player game. "Snapchat wh*res and I got her role playing / She got her own man / Tell him that your phone dead," he spits. Ross holds his own per usual but it's Mariah killing it like the early '90s all over again that make her the song's MVP.
Ross' Black Market album also features John Legend, CeeLo Green, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Future. The record opened at No. 6 on the Billboard chart upon release. Mariah returned to the music scene this year with "Infinity" from her re-issued hits compilation, #1 to Infinity. It marked her first release with new label, Epic Records, and peaked at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She has more dates booked next year for her Las Vegas residency show, Mariah Carey #1's, at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.