It's Like That
It's all about having a good time and really just a fun party record
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Johntá Austin, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels & Jason Mizell
Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri & Manuel Seal
Samples “Hollis Crew” and “Here We Go (Live)” by Run DMC
3:23 Album Version featuring Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri
3:25 Club Version featuring Fatman Scoop
8:54 Morales Classic Mix
8:22 Morales Club Mix
3:23 Morales Radio Mix
3:37 New York Mix
6:58 Pound Boys Mix
3:34 Scott Storch Remix featuring Fat Joe
3:30 Scott Storch Remix Instrumental
10:25 Stereo Experience Dub
10:44 Stereo Experience Mix
4:05 Urban Remix featuring Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri
ABOUT THE SONG
Q: There are some very "street" lyrics on the album. "Them chickens is ash/I'm all lotion." What does that mean?
MC: Chickens are girls. If you don't moisturise, your skin goes all dry, like ash. This girl is telling a guy in a club, "I'm hot. My skin is soft! I'm the one!" But please make it clear this is not me talking. It's a character in the song. I got to call Jermaine [Dupri] about this. He'll think it's hilarious...[Carey retrieves a Blackberry from her bag and calls Jermaine Dupri but he is on voicemail.] - Q Magazine “Little Miss Strange” April 1, 2015
MC: I've never felt so free making a record, though I was worried about even putting the lyric "This is Mimi's emancipation" in there. I worried that it was too corny. Now it's the album title….At least I didn't have to explain the lyric "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion.”
LORRAINE ALI: Aha! I forgot to ask you for a translation.
MC: And I almost escaped without explaining. Can we leave it up to the reader to see if they know what it is?
MC: See, I did it as an empowering thing, so the girls could know they're hot, or pip, or whatever. See, they're not the chickens, they're the lotion. [Laughs] Never mind.
LA: You realize you're going to have to include a decoder ring with this album.
MC: I totally am. [Sighs] It's just one more thing I have to remember to do. - Newsweek “Emancipation Proclamation” by Lorraine Ali, April 17, 2005
"It's Like That" is a song that to me, it's just very much like, it's all about having a good time and really just a fun party record. I went to Atlanta and I was working with Jermaine Dupri. We wrote "Always Be My Baby" together and we've been friends for a really long time. He's just a great person and a great producer and writer. I just wanted a record that was really fun, really for the clubs and and just for the people that were getting ready to go out at night. You know one of those let your hair down, just have a good time, this is my night type of thing, like this is my song when I go out to have a good time and that's how we came up with the song "It's Like That". We were just having fun. - AOL Music Commentary, April 25 2005
“I went out to work with Jermaine, Jermaine Dupri for all you guys out there, and we had worked together for such a long time - we’ve known each since, I don’t know, forever. The first song we ever did together was Always Be My Baby and we got together again this time - we did two songs for the new record which were like my two favorites, and then LA Reid was like “you know, why don’t you and Jermaine see what else you come up with.” And I was kinda like, we’re never going to beat those two songs we did, and we ended up coming up with It’s Like That and another song called We Belong Together which is another one of my favorites from the record. Basically the song is one of those songs - when we were writing it, it was kinda like you know, we wanted to give you that vibe like when you’re getting ready to go to the club and you want to leave all the drama from work or school or whatever’s going on in your life behind and you just want to go out, have a good time, not think about too much, but just be lost in the moment of feeling good and that’s the vibe that the song gives me.” - Mariah interview on B96 Radio, 2005