“Once [Fantasy Remix] came together, the only thing missing was…

“Once [Fantasy Remix] came together, the only thing missing was a rapper. Puff said he wasn’t going to rap on it, but Mariah suggested ODB, because she loved what he did with SWV. She loved his records, period; all the Wu-Tang stuff. We would ride around in her limo, and she’d have a little pink boombox, listening to friggin’ ODB records. And the look on Tommy’s face…like, “This is the most ignorant shit ever.” He was miserable. But it’s what she loved.”

“One night, we went to dinner at Sylvia’s in Harlem; me, Tommy, and Mariah. On our way back, we were riding in the limo and every club, every car was bumping “Fantasy.” Mariah put her sunglasses on, and tears came down her cheeks, because she couldn’t believe her record was getting played all through the hood. That was the beginning of her not turning back to pop. She once told me though she was grateful for her success, she would trade in all of her record sales to get the respect that Mary J. Blige got. She said, “Mary doesn’t have to sell 28 million records to be respected; people respect Mary, and I just want to be respected like her.”” [X]