Mariah Carey has had some pretty great collaborations during her long and extremely successful career.
But we doubt any went quite like the time she brought the late Wu Tang spitter Ol' Dirty Bastard into the studio to record the 'Fantasy' remix. In an interview with Billboard, A&R rep for song Cory Rooney explains the hilarity that followed.
I reached out to ODB and he wanted $15,000 to rap on the record. At the time, that was a lot of money, but it really wasn't for Mariah Carey's budget -- so, no problem. He finally showed up, three hours late, and when he got there, it was about 10:30 at night. He had been drinking, and was on the phone when he walked in. Irate, screaming at some girl how he's gonna come kill her, he's going to kick her ass...and then whispering, “I love you.” Then screaming again. This went on for an hour."When ODB was done with his lady friend, he started making demands.
"He finally came out and was like, “Yo, pardon me, this bitch is driving me crazy. I need some Moet and Newports before we get into this record.” I said, “It's 12:30 at night now bro, I don't know where we’re going to get Moet from.” He started yelling at the assistants, calling them white devils, saying, “You white devils, y'all don't want black people to have shit.” They went out for like an hour, and the only thing they could find were some Heinekens. He was so disgusted, he threw a bottle on the floor."According to Rooney, ODB's recording style was unique.
He would come up with a line, punch that in, go to sleep. He went to sleep 3 different times in the middle of trying to get that one verse done. If you listen to the record now, on his verse, you can hear that it’s punched in in pieces. He actually told the engineer, “Y'all better have your shit set and record it right, cause I'm not doing it twice.”Rooney also revealed that ODB's foot smelled so bad that they had to clear the room when he dozed off with shoe off, and that he demanded another 15K to rerecord one of his lines, and another 15K to be in the track's video.
When the limo picked him up to bring him to the video shoot ODB proceed to drink every drop of alcohol in the vehicle's bar. He clearly remembered the Heineken debacle from earlier.