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The Roof (Back In Time)

The Roof (Back In Time)


I like to come up with my own musical ideas, even down to the loops.

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey, Jean Claude Oliver, Samuel Barnes & Cory Rooney
Produced by Mariah Carey, Cory Rooney and Poke & Tone/Trackmasters
Inerpolates “Shook Ones Part II” by Mobb Deep


5:15     Album Version
4:24     Mobb Deep Radio Edit
5:32     Mobb Deep Extended Version
5:02     Full Crew’s Club Mix ft Rimes 'Imperial' & Rickardo 'The Dreadlocked Lyricist'
5:02     Full Crew Mix
3:56     Full Crew Radio Edit (No Rap)
4:00     Morales Radio Mix
8:28     Morales Funky Club Mix
9:13     Morales After Hours Mix
8:14     Morales Bass Man Mix


  • I like to come up with my own musical ideas, even down to the loops. Like the idea to use the Tom Tom Club for "Fantasy" was mine and I came up with the idea to use the Mobb Deep loop for "The Roof" which I did with the Trackmasters, which, by the way, is my favorite song on the album.”

    • Blues & Soul (UK) “Butterfly kisses,,, or in bed with Mariah!” by Jeff Lorez, September 23, 1997

  • "This is my favorite song at the album. I've recorded it with the Trackmasters, they are so cool. I had an idea to do something with a sample of one of mine favorite songs, so I went to them and together we put everything in place. There's only one version of this song on the album, but we'll definitely make a remix, hopefully with those [Mobb Deep] who did the original song.”

  • CS: How does it feel in that you know, you write all your own stuff, so you put your heart into that stuff and it obviously represents a moment in time. So then…

    MC: Right. Then it gets interpreted as…

    CS: Then you have to live with it being part of popular consciousness. You can’t, you may move on in your life, but you can’t move past it… Then that’s a part of everybody's life then, so you can’t move away from that, you know what I mean?

    MC: Right, well you could say the same thing about “The Roof.” “The Roof” was an actual documenting, documentation of one specific thing that could be interpreted in many ways, you know? So I feel like I wrote that song and… [cut off]

  • Q: Is there a song from one of your previous albums that you most embrace?

    MC: There are the songs that were the hits that I love and there were some songs that were never released that many people may not necessarily know like "Underneath The Stars", "Crybaby" (with Snoop), "The Roof" from the Butterfly album, "Babydoll" was another favorite, "Vanishing" from my first album is one that I still love. It's hard to narrow it down because they all represent something different for me - the more personal ones represent a certain era in my life and the fun songs represent, well, you know... fun!

  • EXCLUSIVE! Cory Rooney: There are some things that should be corrected/known about the music. There is no sample whatsoever! We replayed the entire loop because we wanted to be able to make chord changes without it sounding weird. The song was also produced by myself as well as the track masters. I played all the keys for replay based on MC’s direction for what she heard the song being like in her head. Just thought it was important to let people know that we all went the extra mile to make this song rather than being stuck with just using the sample. MC was in her zone that day for sure.

    • @CoryRooney in an Instagram direct message to For The Record, February 18, 2019




1997 Released on the Butterfly album.
2009 Included on the The Ballads/Love Songs compilation.


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