In celebration of Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas Residency show “The Butterfly Returns”, allow us to rewind to 1999, when Mariah was sizzlin’ hot during her “Rainbow” glory.
It’s an undoubted fact that Mariah Carey was a distinguishable icon throughout the entire 90s decade. From the break of 1990, Mariah was on fiyah with an assortment of enormous powerhouse hit singles. From “Vision of Love” and “Emotions” to “Fantasy” and “Honey”, Carey was a #1 hit-making machine.
Scrolling through her catalog, we dug up a deep album cut that didn’t get much love from the public as it should have had. The Usher-featured “How Much”, sampling Tupac’s “Me & My Girlfriend”.
The song is a shared romantic duet between Mariah and the “My Way” maestro as they coo and ooh to one another on a list of reasons “how much” they adore another. What makes this an irresistible ear-catcher is not only Jermaine Dupri’s addictive beats that reigned throughout the late 90s/early 2000s, but Mariah’s signature breathy harmonies.
Her vocal dips take our auditory senses on a fun rollercoaster ride as she segues sleekly into the chorus: “And basically each day, I need you more/And more/Have you ever been so enamored baby/That’s how much I love you…”
A crazy good tune that should have at least cracked a position or two on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 during its prime. Nevertheless, here is our Throwback Thursday pick with Mariah Carey featuring Usher on “How Much”, lifted from her emblem “Rainbow” (1999):