This samples "Genius Of Love," a 1981 hit by The Tom Tom Club. King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew, who co-wrote "Genius Of Love," spoke to The Celebrity Café about Carey sampling the track: "You know, the music business is a funny ol' business. I didn't even know I was on that record until a fan at a Crimson concert asked me to autograph it. As it turns out, my playing was sampled from the song 'Genius of Love,' which I co-wrote with the Tom Tom Club in 1981. In fact, I've never met Mariah Carey; but I love the money she sends."
Mariah directed the video, which shows her rollicking at an amusement park. The video was shot at Rye Playland in Rye, New York. It is near Long Island, where Carey grew up. She got the idea to shoot it there while driving by it one day. Some of the Tom Hanks movie Big was shot on the same Rye Playland Boardwalk where this video was made.
This was Mariah's 9th #1 hit in the US. It was also only the second single to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The first was "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
The raps at the beginning and end of the song are by Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB). A member of rap group the Wu-Tang Clan, he had constant problems with the law until his death in November 2004.
Sean Combs (then known as Puff Daddy) produced the "Bad Boy" re-mix, which featured rapping from Ol' Dirty Bastard. This was one of the first times Carey utilized Hip-Hop elements, previously she was better known for her ballads. She told The Sun April 10, 2008: "It gets so annoying when people make out I have gone all Hip-Hop just to get in on a trend. I sang with Ol Dirty Bastard, may he rest in peace, back in 1996 for the remixed version of 'Fantasy.' I love him and I miss him. Working with him was a highlight for me because it was such a random union. But for younger kids on the street, that's the version of Fantasy they know - the line 'Me and Mariah.'"
This spent 12 weeks at #1 in Canada, which at the time was equal with 6 other songs for the most weeks at the summit in Canadian chart history. In 1997 their record was overtaken by "I'll Be Missing You" (13 weeks) and "Candle In The Wind '97" (14 weeks).
Tina from Monterey, Cahav loved this song since i was like eight!!...does that make me a s1ut?
Danielle from Richmond, KyThis song is really old and all but it was one of my favorites by Mariah Carey and ive loved her songs ever since.
Dennis from Chicagoland Burrows, IlGood thing she did something about being thought of as 'conservative'. she really showed 'em right Ozzzy? Everyone loves a slut, don't they?
Ozzzy from Sydney, AustraliaBy the way, she directed this not because there were no directors she wanted to work with, but because the ones she did want to work with would, according to Columbia Records, make her "too sexy", and that wouldn't go at all well with the conservative, middle class white girl image they forced down Mariah's throat at that time.
Wolf Chinnery from Hemel Hempstead,,, EnglandThis woman is possibly the singularly most over rated cruise liner performer i have ever heard.In fact ,,thats an insult to cruise ship cabaret artists,,,she is just a overly vocal twat!!
Candice from Vancouver, CanadaAnd oh yeah now everyone thinks I'm crazy. Now most of my friends don't like Mariah Carey anymore.
Candice from Vancouver, CanadaWhen I went to an amusement park, I was singing this song when I went on rides. My friends say the song is annoying. I call this "the Shoe Song" because at the beginning it goes "Shoo do do do do do do do, Shoo do do do do do do yeah". It was so funny when I went on a ride that spins around and rocks (and it's very big, for people who are afraid of heights, I recommend you not going on this ride), I was singing this song and everyone else were screaming like they are crazy. I can't wait to go on that ride again! Haha