"At first Mariah was pushing for something more ghetto. 'No it's too out there, too urban,' I said. 'Lean it more towards the middle.' I didn't want her doing all the syrupy ballad stuff her past label executives tried to push her into. We finally agreed on what she called a 'thugged-out ballad.'" - Jermaine Dupri (co-writer)
''I had a great feeling about it when we finished writing the song, and I was flying back from Atlanta at some crazy hour of the morning. But we were listening to it on the plane ride on the way home, and even from the demo version, I really felt something very special.'' - Mariah Carey
''It was so crazy, because Mariah's energy about the song was almost felt like she knew it was going to become what it did." - Jermaine Dupri (co-writer)
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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