Most of my friends who are singers really love that song
- Mariah Carey
Written by Mariah Carey & Mark Shemer
Produced by Mark “Scram Jones” Shemer & Mariah Carey
Samples: “A Life With You” by Adeaze
2:46 Album Version
0:00 Album Mix featuring N.O.R.E. UNRELEASED
2:45 Diplomat Remix featuring Cam’ron & Juelz Santana LEAKED
ABOUT THE SONG
MB: Is it true that you are working with Mariah Carey?
Scram Jones: Yeah, well I did a song on her album. Basically, I met her at N.O.R.E.'s studio. I was there working the boards, and she walked in with Damon Dash. As you could imagine, the whole studio was focused on them. Everybody is socializing, drinking, and whipping out the video cameras, and I'm just sitting there in front the computer. [Laughs] I had my beat CD right there, so I figured it was too good of an opportunity to miss. I popped in my beat CD, and started going through it in the background. I got to my like sixth beat, and she was like, "What beat is that?! What beat is that?!" [Laughs]
MB: So that beat, is it more of an R&B type track, or is more street?
Scram Jones: It's got a real melodic feel, but the drums are still hard, so its still got the definite hip-hop feel. It wasn't even a beat that she like din the studio, but those beats she heard got her to call on me for other ones. She wound up picking one out, and actually putting N.O.R.E. on it. it actually worked out for both of them, cause N.O.R.E. ended up getting a hook from Mariah for his album, too [ed. Friendz]
MB: Damn, so that was a good look for everybody then.
Scram Jones: Hell yeah.
MB: It's crazy that you can go from working with an Immortal Technique to a Mariah Carey. Those are such opposite ends of the spectrum. Not many producers can touch both sides of the game like that. Why do you think you have the opportunities to work with such diverse people?
Scram Jones: Me, I like all spectrums of the music. Whether it called underground, you know, like I like guys such as Immortal Technique. That Mariah Carey thing basically happened by being at the right place at the right time, but at the same time, just having a variety of beats. You can't just dwell in one sound. It's really about just trying to make as many different sounds for different people. So, if somebody like Mariah comes along, you can pull a rabbit out of the hat. Just to be able to be like a chameleon, and have something for everybody. That's what I try to do. If I make a certain beat a few times in a row, then I'm trying to go somewhere else next time. Variety is definitely the key word.
Scram Jones Interview by Matt Barone, September 21, 2004
"Your Girl" is a record that I did with Scram Jones who is a hot producer that I just happened to run into when I went to the studio with N.O.R.E. one night. We went to visit N.O.R.E. at the studio and Scram Jones was there. I didn't know who he was, but he was playing beats and they were hot. I was with my nephew slash cousin, who got Scram Jones's number for me because he saw me loving that beat but there was nobody that worked with me there, so he just took his number and we got together and I did the song. Most of my friends who are singers really love that song, like it's one of their top favorite songs, because of the style of the singing, the background vocals, and that whole thing. It's one of those happy uptempo records but it's still giving you very thugged out moments because that's kind of Scram Jones's thing.
Mariah Carey AOL Music Commentary, April 22, 2005
BallerStatus.net: What are some memorable studio sessions you've had, and who are you working with now?
Scram Jones: When it comes to the underground cats or artists that haven't been signed, most of those sessions are right at my crib. They're just informal sessions, we just kick it. I go to N.O.R.E.'s studio too, and that's where I met Mariah Carey and got something on her album… Another time, Mariah Carey and Damon Dash walked in, and I'm working the boards, and I'm thinking, "I've got my beat CD right here (laughs)." So I'm popping that in and going through the tracks, and one of them grabbed Mariah's ear. I grabbed the connects up and sent her the music; and she actually picked something else off of the CD, not even the one that she liked (before). That was a historical moment for me.
BallerStatus: Scram Jones: Working Magic On All Spectrums
2005 Released on The Emancipation of Mimi album.