Mariah Carey is thirsty...for some hip hop. While we loved hearing Mimi belt through R&B ballads like "The Art of Letting Go" and "You're Mine," neither gave her the exciting chart hit she needed. In comes "Thirsty," a hard-hitting, hip hop-leaning new track from the woman who knew a Jay Z feature was hot before anyone else.
Appropriately opening with audio of a champagne bottle popping and pouring, the song features a Hit-Boy-produced beat reminiscent of Jay & Kanye's "N****s in Paris"—which makes sense, as Hit-Boy crafted that Watch the Throne hit.
The elusive chanteuse dropped two versions of the new track, one featuring previously-unconfirmed guest star Rich Homie Quan (stream below). On his verse, the rising Atlanta rapper—he's in the XXL Freshman Class of 2014—details how he "walked in like the man of the year with these thirsty girls in my section."
For her part, Mariah serves boastful lyrics about a mate using Mimi's star power for fame. While she croons venomous lyrics ("You used to be Mister-all-about-me, now you just thirsty for celebrity / Best thing that happened to your ass was me"), it's all delivered in the flowy, breathy delivery that only Mariah could make sound so effortless.
Unlike previous collaboration singles like "Triumphant" and "#Beautiful"—where Mariah almost felt overshadowed by her guests—the big-voiced diva is quick to snatch back the song's spotlight from her guest. She follows RHQ's verse with a catchy, mocking chant, "Boss now / You tryin' to be a boss now? / Thinking you a boss now?"
"Thirsty" plays similarly to Mariah's cocky Top 10 hit "Obsessed" which came with a video that not-so-subtly called out a "thirsty" Eminem. Whether or not radio drinks up Mariah's latest offering, mean girl Mariah is, again, a win.