Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)
Oh, man, this song from the '80s — I loved it growing up
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey, Ernesto “DJ Clue?” Shaw, Ken “Duro” Ifill, Michael Lawrence “Mystikal” Tyler, Tom Browne & Toni Smith (Thomassina Carrollyne Smith)
Produced by Mariah Carey, Ernesto "DJ Clue?" & Ken “Duro” Ifill
Samples “Funkin’ For Jamaica (NY)” by Tom Browne
3:38 Album Version
ABOUT THE SONG
As she said in June, the album captures the musical feel of the movie's 1982 setting. "There are songs that are definitely going to take people back and make them go, 'Oh, man, this song from the '80s — I loved it growing up,' " she said. "Or people who never heard the songs before might be like, 'This is cool.’
"When you see the movie, you're gonna see the uptempo songs and the songs that are remakes in there as they would have sounded in the '80s," she continued. "But the album is the way that I would make the record now, and the ballads can stand on their own as songs from a Mariah Carey album.”
"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" is an uptempo reworking of Tom Browne's 1980 track. Guest star Mystikal dominates the song by rhyming three verses. "Ain't nothin' you could do with the man/ Except for shake your ass and clap your hands," he declares. Mariah spryly sings, "Don't stop bay-beee, its ex-ta-see/ Turn me up a little," on the hook.
Mystical: Man, when I found out that she wanted me to be on her song for the soundtrack to her movie, it was really exciting to me, it was like, alright, the kinda stuff that I want to be doing right now…. It was exciting because I had missed the chance to perform with Mariah on her previous album [ed: “Did I Do That?” from Rainbow] because they couldn’t catch up for whatever reason, and I was like “ugh!" They came running to me “Man, Mariah wants you to be on the song” when I heard that I was like, my chance I ain’t gonna miss it this time, and I wasn’t going to miss it for nothing.
Mariah: I don’t think any of us have ever been even near, well, I don’t if those guys who live down here have been near a swamp.
Mystical: I’m from New Orleans but I never got a chance to go see the bayou and the swamp the way we did on this video. Oh, man.
Mariah: There was an alligator in the water, there was a lot of things.
Mystical: That was cool, that was cool.
MTV News October 2001
[ed. Talking about the top 3 songs that make the soundtrack of your life]
MC: Can you pick just three?
SS: Umm, I have, I have. Like “Funkin’ 4 Jamaica,” I love that…
MC: And I remade that song!
SS: You sure did, honey! You know another one that I hold dear to my heart that you redid was Rainy Davis’ “Sweetheart.”
MC: Rainy Davis! I love her!
SS: What! Girl! When you did “Sweetheart”…
MC: Do you know Val Young? ‘Cause I did “If You Should Ever Be Lonely” with Heartbreaker.
SS: Buffalo, New York, yup. I told you, I’ve been there since we were babies together, coming up. I was coming up in radio, you was coming up in music. But every time you came out with a song, it resonated, because I grew up at the same time.
WBLS 107.5 NYC “Mariah Carey Talks New Music, Rebirth of Glitter and Listening to WBLS Throughout The Years” with Shaila Scott, November 20, 2018
2001 Released on the Glitter soundtrack.