With her brand new album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse just a week away, and the full album stream now released, we are in full MC mode! So for this week’s Throwback Tuesday we bring you a gem from the diva’s catalog.
In case you didn’t know…Mariah Carey is a multi Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. With sales over 200 million albums and singles and 18 No. 1 hits, Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
“Breakdown” was released as the third single from her sixth studio album, Butterfly. The song was written and produced by Carey, Stevie J and Sean “Diddy” Combs, and features rap verses by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. It was one of the first of Carey’s album tracks to veer in a Hip Hop direction.
The song reached the top five on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as “My All/Breakdown”. While her notorious five octave range was showcased in the song, “Breakdown,” was more of a slow and sultry song where she maintained some vocal restraint until the end to match the staccato of her guests, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Because of this vocal arrangement and styling, you can truly feel the emotion she unleashes at the end of the song. In the music video, Carey goes through a variety of different colorful outfits, with matching make-up. Two scenes predominantly occupy the video. The first shows Carey dressed in flamenco style clothing, while dancing on a chair with two other female dancers. The other features Carey and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony gambling in a casino.
Check out the video above!