By Joanne Rosa
Norman Baker is mostly known for being the pop culture aficionado of Wendy’s Hot Topics Bureau. If you’re a true Wendy Watcher, you know that Norman is also our resident Lamb and Mariah Carey advocate. So when Mariah’s new album “Caution” dropped on Friday, Norman broke down why it’s not just the Lambily that’s so obsessed with her recent work.
“Caution” is Mariah Carey’s first full album since “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” dropped in 2014. Four years felt like an eternity to Norman, but it was worth the wait. “The turns her career took—the reality show, the Hallmark movies—I thought Mariah turned her focus from music to being a tabloid diva… It’s a hip-hop diva reclaiming her throne.”
The reigning hip-hop diva might be reclaiming the throne, but she is still the Mariah we’ve grown to know and love. “Caution” gave Norman serious vibes from her “Emancipation of Mimi” masterpiece from 2005. The album is also 10 tracks, which is a nod to her earlier albums containing 10 or 11 tracks at most. A commoner might not have noticed this, but our dedicated Lambily member did. They were short, sweet, and to the point, just like “Caution” is.
This isn’t to say her music hasn’t grown with the times. Norman made it clear that “Mariah’s music is constantly evolving” and can specifically be seen through her song “A No No” featuring a sample of Lil’ Kim’s “Crush on You” remix featuring The Notorious B.I.G. and Lil Cease. It’s no coincidence that this happens to be Norman’s favorite song on the album, but that will change as he becomes more familiar with the album. “Caution to DJ’s all over the city: when I hear ‘A No No’ at the club, I’m going to LOSE. MY. MIND.”
Now, you already know that Mariah is the inventor of hip-hop/pop collaborations (i.e. “Fantasy” with Ol’ Dirty Bastard). Oh yes; and if you don’t know, now you know hunty. Once again, she’s risen to the occasion by collaborating with Ty Dolla $ign, Slick Rick, Blood Orange, and Gunna in “Caution.” Norman likes the fact that artists featured are able to mesh so well with Mariah’s voice and musical style, while contrasting on a number of levels. Ty Dolla $ign is a current artist making waves in music and Slick Rick is a musical legend.
Mariah obviously chose to work with these artists for a reason, but she recently admitted to her dream collaboration. Mariah told Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live that she “would love to make a collaboration with Cardi B happen. I also love Lil Kim — I was hoping the three of us could do something. But if nobody puts it together, it’s not going to happen.”
Please Lord, make this happen!
Mariah Carey announced her “Caution World Tour” back in October, and it starts with North America in February 2019! Tickets are on sale now and those going are likely in for a special treat thanks to the Lambily. Many people considered Mariah’s 2001 “Glitter” album to be a flop, but not Norman. “Dahhhling, I’ve been contributing to the ‘Justice For Glitter’ campaign for 17 years!”
With that, the “deeply underrated album” rose to the top charts just one day before her “Caution” album dropped. “Since the Lambily got Glitter to No. 1, they lifted this huge burden of having to feel like ‘Oh, I can’t do stuff from Glitter because nobody knows it,’” Mariah revealed on WWHL. Since #JusticeForGlitter was derived, Mariah plans to put a medley together for the tour.
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