It's nonsense, but I love it.
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams & Snoop Dogg
Produced by The Neptunes
3:44 Album Version featuring Snoop Dogg
4:12 So So Def Remix featuring Dem Franchise Boyz
3:49 So So Def Remix Edit featuring Dem Franchise Boyz
4:10 So So Def Remix Instrumental
3:47 Morales Radio Edit
9:45 Morales Stereo Anthem Mix
9:35 Morales Stereo Dub
8:15 Morales Stereo Experience
ABOUT THE SONG
LORRAINE ALI: My favorite song here is "Say Somethin'." Pharrell and Chad, of the Neptunes, make the most unique tracks out there. This song has an Asian-influenced melody and jazzy beats, but it will be a huge hit with hip-hop fans. This is so far from anything I've heard you do.
MARIAH CAREY: You're right. It is a totally different approach for me musically. When I heard it at first I thought it was a cool and interesting track, but I didn't know if it was very me.
LA: But you're totally comfortable here, and even a little slap-happy with the lyrics.
MC: Thanks. I wrote that line "Something like volcanic/You and me seems organic/Just like stars and planets." It's nonsense, but I love it.
LA: Then Snoop comes in right after your celestial bit and drops the megaromantic line: "This track is from the Neptunes. Baby, follow me to the restroom."
MC:[Laughs] I know. It's so sentimental, isn't it?
Newsweek “Emancipation Proclamation” by Lorraine Ali, April 17, 2005
"Say Something" is a song that came about when I, for the first time, went to work with The Neptunes. Obviously I'd never worked with Pharrell before and it was just a really cool experience because, musically, he's got a lot of diverse influences. It was cool that he took me to a difference place than I would naturally go. It was just a great session because Snoop was in the other room working on his record and Pharrell was like, "I really think it would be hot if we put Snoop on this." I love Snoop. We've worked together in the past. We did a song called "Crybaby". That's one of my favorite songs. He came in and he did his part and it just took the song to a new level. That's lot of people's favorite song on the new album.
AOL Music Commentary, April 22, 2005
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.”
MTV News “MARIAH CAREY PLANS A DOUBLE SHOT OF 'TECHNICAL' VIDEOS” by Jennifer Vineyard, June 21, 2005
These days, even the dullest record executive recognizes the value of rap/pop smash-ups. On “Mimi,” songs like “To the Floor,” featuring Nelly, and “Say Something,” with Snoop Dogg, aren’t afterthoughts. They are songs that will be the mainstream releases. Carey is quick to point out that it was luck and timing that created both of those songs. “I’d never worked with Pharrell [Williams] before, although we’ve been friends for a while. This was the first chance we had to record together. We got into a studio in L.A. and Nelly was in the next room working on his record and Snoop was in another room working on his, and somehow we all ended up in the same studio together. It became a big party.” That in itself is unusual for Carey, who in the past demanded secure solitude when recording. The L.A. “party” sessions stand as another indication of her emancipation. “It was a little weird because I’m used to doing my vocals alone, but it was fun to party with these guys.”
NY Post PARIAH CAREY – NEW ALBUM, NEW ATTITUDE – BUT MARIAH’S STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS by Dan Aquilante April 10, 2005
"She's so soft," Snoop said in a light, pimpish voice while recollecting working with Mariah. "She's beautiful too. I always tell her this story: When I was locked up in jail, that song 'Vision of Love' was the hottest song in the world. I used to always say, 'Man, if I could meet her!' So I worked with her, then Pharrell hooked it up for me to work with her again this time."
Snoop has similar praise for the song they collaborated on, "Say Somethin'." "The beat was just sick and it was bangin'," he said. "I was like, 'All right, give me that, M.C.' I took [the song] down to my studio and flipped my style to it.
"When I played [the finished version] for her, she was like, 'Oh, I love it!' I said, 'OK, give me a hug, baby.' She was just as soft as a cotton swab! Lord have mercy! Jesus, M.C.! What I wouldn't ... " he paused. "Let me stop."
Mariah's label was so enamored with the record, they initially wanted the song to be the first single from The Emancipation of Mimi, instead of "It's Like That."
"[Island Def Jam head L.A. Reid] was totally into that as the first single," Carey said in March. "Everybody was really happy and ready to go. I was like, 'It's great, but I don't know. It's very different for me structurally' — not to get technical or whatever, but in terms of the chord changes and the feeling, it's very Pharrell. He very much goes in that jazzy kind of direction, which is great. I can go there with him, but it's just not where I would naturally go."
M.C. and the D-O-double-G are getting back together next week in L.A. to shoot the video for "Say Somethin'," and Snoop promises that he'll be extra sharp for the clip.
"I gotta get real slick and sly, get my face real smooth like a baby's butt," he said. "Get my nails filed, get my hair did. I don't know what I'm gonna do for you, M.C., but I'm gonna do something real fly that's gonna be memorable. It's gonna be so we can go down in history and look real fly doing it."
MTV News "SNOOP GUSHES ABOUT MARIAH: 'SHE'S SOFT AS A COTTON SWAB!’" by Shaheem Reid May 18, 2005
"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
Mitchell Healey: Speaking of beds, in "Say Something" you talk about "how we'll kiss and **** You strike me more as the making love type.
Mariah Carey: Of course! That was Pharrell being a bad influence on me, darling! That was done for the moment of writing it, and kinda because Pharrell was challenging me if I would say that. And I was like, "Yeah whatever." No, I don't think I've ever - I've never - had a one-night stand, because of my own fears, really.
MH: Well it kinda lets Mimi kick things up a notch.
MC: It's the performer onstage giving you a moment. It's a [she sings, in her best pillow voice] "Do you think I'm a nasty girl?" moment. 12, 13 years old in the mirror singing lyrics to Vanity 6 that people shouldn't even be singing when they're grown...
V Magazine “Carey On" with Mitchell Healey (Spring Preview, Issue 39) 2006
2005 Released on The Emancipation of Mimi album.