I was recently able to listen to several new Mariah Carey tracks that didn’t make it to her latest (unfortunately flop) album. She apparently recorded over 100 tracks and one has to wonder why some of these didn’t make the cut. We are actually happy that the song “White Privilege” didn’t make the cut. In the song, Mariah seems to claim she is a victim of the latest buzz phrase, “white privilege.”
“What if I were white?” she asks in a high voice. “Would you not make fun of my body?” she continues. She blames criticism of her weight based on her race. The song makes you scratch your head, but her voice really shines at the end. If the song made a good point, we’d be all for it. But it makes you cringe at Mariah’s victimization.
Mariah gets even more ridiculous on her remake of “Gangster’s Paradise,” a song Coolio made popular in 1995. She sings in a ghetto accent and one hopes Mariah is singing the song as a parody. If she is actually singing this in a serious manner, she has major issues. Thank God this didn’t make the album.
There is some good news here. “Hope Street” is one of the best songs Mariah Carey has ever recorded. It sounds completely different–like something Joni Mitchell would sing. She sings in a low, husky voice and sounds absolutely perfect. “Play with Me,” another folk influenced song, has Mariah wishing she would be a child again. In the song, she mourns the loss of her innocence.
I am hearing that a couple of the songs may make it onto a movie soundtrack in the near future. Let’s hope it can help Mariah’s career.