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5 Reasons Why You Should Emancipate Yourself to ‘Mimi’ Right This Second

“I can’t sleep at night
When you are on my mind
Bobby Womack’s on the radio
Saying to me
“If you think you’re lonely now”…

Those are just a sample of the heart drenched lyrics laced all over “We Belong Together,” making it one of the reasons why you should get lost in The Emancipation of Mimi right this very second as Mariah Carey‘s monstrous tenth studio album (and gigantic comeback set) turns twelve years old today. 

Here’s a few more….so , let’s open off (??) the Bacardi and Mimi it up, shall we?

Yas, MC Kween, yaaaas. 

*And for much more in depth Mimi treatment, check it out in Philly Mixtape’s long-lost Mixtape Music Vault when it celebrated a decade of owning our wind blown lives*

1.”It’s Like That” will always be…like that.   “Them chickens is ash and I’m lotion.” Enough said. Well, that, Fatman Scoop and this Jermaine Dupri produced beat 4 lyfe, dah-ling.

2.”We Belong Together” will tear us apart until the end of music eternity…  Pass the Bon Bons, Kleenex, cookie dough, photo albums and the Rite Aid brand nighttime medicine because we still can’t when it comes to the powerhouse crying sessions that stem from Mimi‘s bulldozing ballad. Although “We Belong Together” spent fourteen weeks (!!) on top of the Billboard Hot 100 (plus..those vocal arrangements equal life), it’ll spend the rest of eternity ripping our love scorned worlds to shreds…and we’ll love every god damn second of it. Sigh….

3.Those other tracks and singles, though….   From the Calgon product placement/f@@k you vibes provided on “Shake It Off” to the sultry Snoop owning “Say Somethin,'” to the soaring “Circles” and “Fly Like a Bird” to the private jet ready “Get Your Number” to the Twista co-starring “One & Only”–they’re all here and so much more. But if you want an indefinite Mimi treat, spend some time with the Kanye produced “Stay the Night” and prepare to get taken away right this very second..because you will. 

….and we just can’t forget about those cuts from Mimi’s Ultra Platinum Edition including that other chart topping ballad, “Don’t Forget About Us,” “One & Only(Part 2)” (hey there again, Twista), and of course, “Makin It Last All Night,” because, well, that’s what it do. 

4.Without this record there would be no ‘Mariah’s World’…. Without drudging into MC‘s past (namely 2001-late ’04 ish and real quick…Glitter, a breakdown without Bone Thugz assistance, TRL, a popsicle cart paired with an oversized “Loverboy” t-shirt, Charmbracelet), the diva needed this album to work, and lucky for all of us who knew she could eventually pull through….Mimi werked and then some.

But just think, without this second coming of Mariah’s career (hey, twenty million worldwide can’t be wrong, right?), we wouldn’t have been blessed with a little “docu-series” on E! that we love to throw all of the shade/MC love at. Let’s face it–The Emancipation of Mimi is Mariah’s World and Mariah’s World is The Emancipation of Mimi

5.Because it makes us forget about this…  Well, maybe not since you’re about to watch it right now, but still…no matter what..Ms. Mimi is pure MC life that we’ll never be able to live without whether in good times or during the, um, not so good times. 

Even Wentworth Miller. 

Are you an entertainer, promoter or event planner who’s creatively got it like that in Philadelphia? Then Philly Mixtape wants to hear from you! For questions, comments and everything else in beat-tween (everyone’s welcome here, so don’t ever be shy), become a fan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and/or email Patrick DeMarco at iluvbeatz96@gmail.com and let’s promote it ALL up proper.

Mariah Carey cover photo courtesy of HQ Video Blogspot. 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Fly Away with MC’s ‘Butterfly’ Right This Second

In order to save some time here, let’s just state some MC facts….

Butterfly is Mariah Carey’s sixth studio album and it was released on September 16th, 1997. 

It was led by sexy single, “Honey,” which in turn became the diva’s 12th Billboard number one hit. 

Oh, and it’s also her best record. 

Since it was already noted that the above statements are all facts, there should be no questions as to the five reasons why you should grab your Jack Russell Terrier, draw a nice warm bubble bath and slip into the sensual (and Missy! Trackmasters! Q-Tip! produced) sounds of MC’s standout Butterfly album right this very second. 

1.Because “Honey” is lead single life… Just ask Agent M and then get down to the official Bad Boy remix once more…today, of course. Ready, set, Ma$e

2.Those vocal arrangements, though…  While pretty much every single Mimi album is known for that eardrum shattering trademark octave vocal range of hers (even the later ones..eek…pours tea), it was Butterfly that took all of that and brought it into the bedroom at ravishing love makin,’ heart breakin’ levels with a sexier, softer style of arrangements that put those pipes to werk. honey.

If you haven’t checked your boudoir life to the tones and coos of tracks “Baby Doll,” “Whenever You Call,” “Fourth of July” and…major Mariah pearl clutch (and 13th number one single) “My All”….plain and simple…check it now.

But if you want further evidence of a set full of a MC certified vocal style that truly hasn’t been stripped down like this since, lock the door to “Breakdown” and just…break it down. Plus, there’s never a bad time to have a reminisce sesh to the sped up spits of the one-and-only, Bone-Thugz-N-Harmony. 

That same vocal hypothesis (take a seat, E=Mc2…this isn’t about you) can also be said about “The Roof,” which is probably the most underrated song of Mariah‘s career. And again…no questions here, just music facts to fly away with. 

3.Because Mariah her damn self says its her favorite record, dab-ling…  You would think that for a diva whose had eighteen number one singles and fourteen studio albums that she wouldn’t be able to pick out her favorites, but anyone that’s followed MC’s career throughout the course of it all knows that this whole entire record is the one she’s still..obsessed with.

And for good reason because not only did it mark her true descent into her now ever so present R&B offerings (but of course “Vision of Love” for life), but it was this album that her former record label Sony (and reason number five) didn’t want her to do at all. But if you’ll recall, although there was quite a bit of Sony drama, the then twenty-seven year old diva stood her firm ground and made this glorious set for both her and all of us as it’s also proved to be a long lasting favorite. 

In a ’98 interview with Billboard about of all of that Sony mess, Carey spilled: “In the past, people were scared to let me explore different types of music that I loved and enjoyed. They [the studio heads] saw me as having this instrument, and they wanted to get the most use out of it. There were a lot of people around me who were afraid of change. I was a valuable commodity, and they didn’t want to lose that. I was encouraged to act drab, because drab sells records.”

Now, Let us praise the MC Kweens above that are indeed no drab parts of any music piece of this Butterfly. 

4.The title track, though… Because we still f@cking can’t and we most likely never will. But…we do. Sigh….

5.No more Tommy Mottola with this record… As it’s the reason why Agent M and the rest of Mariah’s current, um, world exists. The “Honey” pony tail rests. 

 

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6 Reasons Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is More Than ‘SNL’ Right Now (Again)

What do Jim Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Cheri Oteri, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Jane Curtain, Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Ana Gasteyer, Al Franken, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, Maya Rudolph and many, many, many more in common?

(And of course, Rest in Peace, Mr. Hartman, Mr. Farley, Ms. Hooks, Mr. Belushi and Ms. Radner). 

Besides being on a dream list of people we want to go on comedic vacation with, like, right now, their stars who helped shape and shake Saturday Night Live to where it is..in its monumental forty-second season. 

Which at just over halfway through, is quite a season as those sky-high ratings (last week’s Alec Baldwin owned episode served the brand its best in twenty-two years) are proving to be quite intergalactic. Of course, we all know why (right Alec and Melissa?), and since we love SNL when its more than just SNL–whether in its early hey day, the early ’90s (look those casts up..now), the ladies of the ’00s or the whole McCain/Palin fiasco–it’s always nice to show some love to the particular seasons that are giving it to all of us straight and fabulous. 

So, here’s six reasons why this current season is truly more than SNL once again, or perhaps maybe for the first time…ever. 

1.Because it’s taking higher learning to a whole new satirical level. No matter which side you’re on, you have to admit (that is…if you any inkling of a soul), that it’s a scary place out there for all of us right now. The writers of SNL are truly aware of this, and in fact, are taking those scary universal facts (no alternative bull shit here), and churning out the best satirical laced sketches that ever come across Lorne Michaels‘ approving glances. While oh, so, indeed, the murky material writes itself, there’s no denial that it’s based on the whole truth and nothing but the truth of what’s out there right now. 

At the end of the day, so help our scared shitless lives that we’ve got SNL to guide us through all for which it stands. And again, no alternative bull shit here, just a long-lasting sketch comedy/music show doing its very best to educate everyone through the power of satire. And if you think they’re not educating you, watch again and most of all…learn. 

2.No shade to Kate, but the cast feels like a cast and we really, really like that…and our wallets do, too. If there’s one thing that SNL truly succeeds in, it’s that keeps delivering comedians who blast off from Studio 8H and into a career in movies and/or late night talk shows. (see above list).

In fact, there’s been quite a few times during the show’s forty plus years run that we’ve placed our bets on who was going to leave that May (like you didn’t have a twenty on that year you knew Will Ferrell was going to leave), but this season, not so much, and it’s a good thing because our wallets certainly need a little break right now. 

Even twenty-five year veterans Keenan Thompson and Bobby Moynihan feel fresh against a glistening cast that includes Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett (hey, Mr. P), Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Pete Davidson, Sasheeer Zamata and Leslie Jones. By the way, pay attention to Colin Jost alongside the stellar Michael Che during a fresh Weekend Update…he’s sort of funny and cute. 

Of course, hats and everything off to Ms. McKinnon, who is the clear front-runner of it all (HRC and that Conway person for life), but she seems comfortable and ready to stick around for a bit longer. Because we simply do not know what we would do is she left us right now. But at least we can put our money away because this cast is giving plenty of new life with lots to keep serving up. Even Keenan and Bobby. 

3.Mr. Baldwin and Ms. McCarthy are their own god damn SNL brand. So, who would’ve fucking thought we the people would be getting two gifts that keep on serving it all kinds of way out–Mr. Baldwin as Him and Ms. McCarthy as Spicey. In fact, we can’t even talk about it…we just have to watch it all and pray that Michaels gives these two their own sitcom and/or brings on more funny ass A-listers as them all. Don’t speak it, just dream it and continue to watch..all of this

 

4.Your Dad is actually enjoying it again. Much like anything right now dealing in life/Beyonce, there’s two sides to every argument. SNL is no stranger to the great debate, but it’s coming from your Dad who lived for the show in its early daze and thinks the later material and cast “is fucking terrible” and “sucks.” And of course, there’s you who can’t stop watching the Real Housewives of Disney skit from 2011 with LiLo every damn day of your life. 

But with this season, something is changing with your Dad (whether he drinks Budweiser or Yuengling Lager), he’s actually enjoying SNL right now and…gasp…saying it’s actually funny again. Better yet, he’s actually having a conversation with you about it (well..maybe a step above that), and you just can’t fucking believe it. But, hey, this season is definitely doing it

Then of course, there’s Mom in her certified Mom Jeans, who would never argue with SNL‘s past or present antics and just says things like, “I really like that Melissa McKinnon…and that Alex Baldwin is good, too.” Further proving that there’s nobody better than Mom, or this season of SNL.

5.The musical guests also feel fresh and new…because they are. Of course, Saturday Night Live just wouldn’t be SNL without its endless roster of special musical guests, in which, well every single one of our favorite music stars have graced the side live music stage in Studio 8H at one time or another during the show’s run. 

Although this season, SNL has done a fine job of featuring more of those more  “buzzworthy” artists in which Big Sean, The xx, Marin Morris, Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes have all brilliantly owned a piece of that stage giving us another reason to bask in the glow of season forty-two and reminding us that were miles away from those whole Lana Del Ray/Ashlee Simpson messes from years back. Thank God for that because SNL musical guests are life right now. 

6.It’s proving that it will really last way past our lifetimes. Not that we ever had any doubt in SNL going to a hundredth season, since the current season feels almost like a Netflix reboot, it’s safe to say that a two hundredth season will most likely be in the comedic cards. Scratch that, it will. 

And lastly, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live.” Yes, it is. Perhaps now more than ever. 

See you on March 4th, Ms. Octavia Spencer