Mariah Delivers Uplifting Olympic-Style Song With ‘Triumphant’

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Hip-Hop Media Training (NEW)

Mariah Carey is taking a new turn with her latest single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," the first release from her 14th studio album. "Triumphant," a collaboration with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox, is much mellower than her typical debut singles from her albums.

The slow-paced ballad offers subtle pulsating beats and easy flowing raps from hip-hop kingpins Meek Mill and Rick Ross, who dominate the first half of the song as Mariah sings the chorus and background vocals. Mariah sends a message of hope, singing listeners through tough times as she encourages them to "reach for the stars" and "keep on climbing."

Generally, she announces an album with more upbeat and not so serious fun songs like "Dreamlover," "Fantasy," "Honey," "Touch My Body" and "Obsessed."

Though it's a different approach for Mariah, a victory song is right on time for the Olympics. We can expect her fans to make "Triumphant" YouTube videos with pics of team U.S.A. superstars Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglass.

In a post on Twitter, Mariah said the song has special meaning. "I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it," she wrote on Twitter. "When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN."

Mariah's last studio album of pop songs is 2009's platinum Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel that include the top 10 hit and Eminem diss, Obsessed." Despite covering Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" and teaming with Nicki Minaj on "Up Out My Face" and Ne-Yo on "Angels Cry," none of the albums other four singles reached the top 40.

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