Singing sensation Mariah Carey fell in love with hip-hop music because it provided a respite from her tough New York upbringing.
When the BUTTERFLIES singer was only aged three she witnessed the relationship between her interracial parents hit the rocks - along with her older siblings Carey was subsequently raised in poverty by her struggling mother.
The 35-year-old escaped from the realities of her life by listening to hip-hop and is proud to have been a fan of the genre before it became mainstream.
She recalls, "I grew up listening to it. Some people came to hip-hop when it developed mass appeal. I started with the SUGAR HILL GANG.
"I know and respect what hip-hop artists do, and they know that."
Carey tells THE NEW YORK POST, "I was dying to work with ODB on a remix of Fantasy, may he rest in peace.
"I pulled the wool over my record company's eyes, because they had no idea what or who I was talking about when I mentioned ODB. That record was also the first time I worked with PUFFY (SEAN "P DIDDY" COMBS).
"It was a turning point for me because it was an official street record. I'd be walking around New York and hear it blasting out of Jeeps."11/04/2005 17:39