Shake It Off
I thought we could come up with something better than “get away”
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox & Johntá Austin
Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox & Johntá Austin
3:53 Album Version
5:03 DJ Clue Remix ft Jay-Z & Young Jeezy
4:12 DJ Clue Remix Edit ft Jay-Z & Young Jeezy
5:03 DJ Clue Remix Instrumental
ABOUT THE SONG
Jermaine Dupri worked with her recently as well, putting what he calls the "JD bounce" on a track called "Shake 'Em Off" and then stepping out of the producer's chair to duet with Carey on a song called "Can I Get Your Number." "Mariah is singing unlike we've heard her in a while," Dupri said. "Sh-- is hot.” - MTV: With Help From Kanye, R. Kelly, Snoop, Mariah Readies New LP by Jennifer Vineyard, October 29, 2004
“‘That’s probably one of my favorite songs on the album,’ she admits. “‘Shake It Off’ can apply to anything. Whatever personal dramas we go through, put that song on and you lose the anxiety or intensity of the moment. I’ll listen to that song when I’ve just come out of an annoying meeting. I gotta shake this off.” - HX Magazine Issue 709 “Free At Last” by Lawrence Ferber, April 8 2005
"Shake It Off" is definitely one of my favorite songs from The Emancipation of Mimi. It was the first time I went down to Atlanta to work with JD. I don't really know how to explain how the song happened, but Jermaine is just incredible with the beats. We started singing different melodies and coming up with different lyrics. At first Jermaine was singing, "I gotta get away," and I was like, "That's a cool concept and stuff, but I feel like we could do something more specific." We were just sitting around and "Shake It Off" just came out of the blue like it happens when you're writing. To me it just says so much because it's like, when you're going through some drama and you just want to get through it, you put that song on and it takes you out of whatever mood you're in. - AOL Music Commentary, April 22, 2005
“Shake It Off is one of my favorite songs on The Emancipation of Mimi, so I'm really excited about how well it's doing in America right now. It's just one of those things when you listen to the lyrics - shake it off - just means whatever kind of problems, or whatever kind of thing you're going through, you’ve got to let it go and shake it off, basically.” - NRG Radio France Interview, 2005
On one of the new songs, “Shake It Off”, you reference the “Calgon, take me away” commercial. Did Calgon cut you a check?
That’s funny! They need to be aware of that! When JD and I were writing that, Jermaine came up with that concept. Originally, it was “I gotta get away.” I thought we could come up with something better than “get away”, so we put our heads together to get “Shake It Off.” When he said, “it’s like the Calgon commercial,” I was like “what did they say in the Calgon commercial?” I did not remember it. We were all debating back and forth, so we asked Bow Wow because he was in the studio and he knew about it, contrary to my belief that anyone young would know what that meant! Even though Bow Wow knew it from a Snoop rap and he thought Snoop was saying, “Calvin got a gun!” So, it was pretty funny, but it’s cool because it’s like the Calgon commercial, “I really get outta here, go somewhere” – and the song turned out amazing! And yes, we do need a nice check from them so we can promote the Calgon bubbles in the next video!” - FMQB Magazine “The Emancipation of… MARIAH" April 2005
"I think people can relate to [the song] no matter what you have to shake out — be it a bad day, a guy, a girl, whatever it is," Carey said. "It's one of those fun songs, where we're not taking ourselves too seriously, but it does say something, and it is real."
Carey worked on "Shake It Off" with Jermaine Dupri, but only after she rejected "Say Somethin' " (which she recorded with Pharrell Williams and Snoop Dogg) as the first single from The Emancipation of Mimi.
"L.A. Reid was totally into 'Say Somethin' ' as the first single," she said. "And I was like, 'It's great, but I don't know.' ... It's very Pharrell. He very much goes in that jazzy kind of direction, which is great. I could go there with him, but it's just not where I would naturally go.
"L.A. was like, 'You and Jermaine make magic,' " Carey continued. " 'Why don't you go work with Jermaine?' And I was like, 'Well, I love Jermaine. Is he free?' "
Dupri offered to start working with the singer the next day. "So I went down there and did two records with him in two days," Carey revealed.
The easygoing nature of their recording sessions was an exact match for what Carey wanted for her Emancipation proclamation, she said.
"To me, the spirit is very kind of free and fun and lighthearted," she explained. "It wasn't like I consciously said, 'I'm going to have a good time.' But I mean, it was just where I'm at in my life, naturally." - MTV News “Mariah Plans a Double Shot of ‘Technical’ Videos” Jennifer Vineyard, June 21, 2005
Jeezy — whose current single is "Soul Survivor" — just completed what may be his highest-profile guest appearance to date, rapping on the remix of Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off" along with Jay-Z. "M.C. hit me up," Jeezy said, explaining how he got down with the track. "When Hov said he was doing it, I was like, 'I'm all for it.' I felt if I'd kept it 'hood, I was gonna be good. I got the feedback from the 'hood, so it's all good. Mariah is known for doing remixes with street cats from Mobb Deep to O.D.B., so to be a part of that was a good look for me and the Def Jam movement." - MTV News, September 16th, 2005, “YOUNG JEEZY OPENS HIS HOME TO GULF COAST DISASTER VICTIMS” by Jennifer Vineyard
Jeezy is still out promoting his debut LP. He says he's all booked up for the next several months but still has time to sneak in a few videos. Although nothing has been solidified, he's hoping that Def Jam shoots a video for Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off" remix, a track that features Jeezy and Jay-Z. "When I got the call [from Mariah], I was like, 'I don't know if that's me,' " he remembered. "She was like, 'Nah, it's gonna be your type of beat.' I'm like, 'Oh, for real?' Then when Hov called he said, 'I'm gonna do it with you.' I was like, 'Dag, this is big.' But when I did it, I kept it me and kept it 'hood. At first I ain't think she was gonna like it but she called and said she loved it. From there it was a wrap. That's history.” - MTV News, September 28th, 2005, “YOUNG JEEZY EXPLAINS SYMBOLISM OF THE SNOWMAN” by Jennifer Vineyard
"L.A. was like, 'You and Jermaine Dupri make magic together, why aren't you in the studio with him?' " Carey recalled. "I said, 'I love Jermaine, is he free? I know he's doing a million things, Usher and this and that.' But Jermaine said, 'Come on down.' "
When she arrived at Dupri's studio in Atlanta the next day, the two of them worked nonstop, popping off two songs in two days: "Get Your Number" and "Shake It Off."
Up to that point, Carey and Reid had planned to make "Say Somethin'," a collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, her new album's first single. But once Reid heard the Dupri-helmed songs, Carey recalled, "He was like, 'Oh no! Now we've got to change the single, make these singles one and two.' "
Carey agreed. "Nobody could tell me that 'Shake It Off' wasn't going to be my first single. It was my favorite song, just from the demo.” - MTV News “ROAD TO THE GRAMMYS: THE STORY BEHIND MARIAH CAREY'S 'WE BELONG TOGETHER’” by Jennifer Vineyard, January 27, 2006
2005 Released on The Emancipation of Mimi.