Remember the Mariah Carey famous answer (which basically turned into a meme?) the one when she answered ‘’I don’t know her’, when an interviewer asked her takes on Jennifer Lopez? Well, In her new memoir titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the 50-year-old diva manages to spill some tea on how her feud with JLo started.
It all started when her ex-husband, then Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola was trying to allegedly derail her career and tried to use a sample Mariah had on her 2001 hit “Loverboy” to give to “another female entertainer on their label (whom I don’t know).” WHO SHE DOESN’T KNOW!! Yes, Mariah actually wrote that instead of having to outright name J.Lo, whose music career was being guided by Tommy after his split from the elusive chanteuse. Whew! The shade.
Mariah married Tommy in 1993 when she was just 24 and he was 44—and do note that he was one of the most powerful men in the music industry. Eventually, the couple split up in 1997 and divorced a year later, as she later claimed he was way too controlling.
Here’s where Jenny from the block enters the story. The ‘’If You Had My Love’’ singer had found musical success with her 1999 debut On the 6 and was following it up with a 2001 album J.Lo at Sony with Tommy. Mariah claims that her ex-husband tried to “sabotage” the Glitter soundtrack when he got wind of her choosing to sample Yellow Magic Orchestra’s 1978 song “Firecracker” on Glitter‘s lead single, “Loverboy.”
There was no way he would allow me to have a huge success after leaving him and Sony. He was not going to let me or Glitter shine
“Tommy was furious when I cut the strings he used to manipulate me,” Mariah writes. “There was no way he would allow me to have a huge success after leaving him and Sony. He was not going to let me or Glitter shine.” Wow. Mariah then continued, “After hearing my new song, using the same sample I used, Sony rushed to make a single for another female entertainer on their label (whom I don’t know).” Sure enough, a sample of “Firecracker” showed up on Jennifer’s single “I’m Real” off of her second album.
At the end of the chapter from her new book, she wrote: “And after all that sh*t, “Loverboy” ended up being the best-selling single of 2001 in the United States,” all while declaring “I’m real,” leaving a parting shot at Jennifer. Gosh.