The Beautiful Ones
The song was the closest to where I'm at in this stage in my life
Written by Prince
Produced by Mariah Carey & Cory Rooney
Cover of “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince
7:00 Album Version featuring Dru Hill
ABOUT THE SONG
"The Beautiful Ones" is my favorite Prince song ever. It makes me think over growing up (in Long Island), when the "Purple Rain" soundtrack was so big. I used to sit at home and think about this kid, Matt who I was in love with and cry listening to "The Beautiful Ones." It's really the only remake that I've done thats from that period - teenage years. It works well because Sisqo from Dru Hill who sings the first verse has that gruff, masculine sound and I'm doing a lot of airy stuff, so the contrast works and Devante (from Jodeci) produced [ed. Devante didn’t produce the record, he programmed it, per Cory Rooney] it which gave it another element.” -Blues & Soul (UK) Issue: September 23, 1997 “Butterfly kisses,,, or in bed with Mariah!” by Jeff Lorez
"The Beautiful Ones" is my favorite Prince song ever. I've been toying with the idea of doing a Prince song for a long time. The song was the closest to where I'm at in this stage in my life. - TV Hits (Australian Magazine) October 1997
SOREN: Were you a huge "Purple Rain" fan when you were younger?
CAREY: Yes. My friends and I went to see "Purple Rain” oh, numerous times.
SOREN: I think I wore a lot of bad fashion during that period. How about you?
CAREY: A lot of people wanted to be Prince in my school, you know.
- MTV UNPLUGGED Interview with Tabitha Soren 1997
1997 Released on the Butterfly album.