22 Apr Throwback Thursday: Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey – “I Know What You Want” (featuring Flipmode Squad)
In March of 2003, Busta Rhymes released “I Know What You Want” as the second single from his sixth studio album, It Ain’t Safe No More….
Produced by Rick Rock, the song is a collabo with Mariah Carey and Flipmode Squad. The beat is as sick as they come, and all rappers involved came with their best bars. However, no one would dispute that the hook is what really sells the song. With perfect sing-along lyrics and a tuneful melody to boot, the chorus has a singing Busta Rhymes going back-and-forth flirtatiously with a breathy Mariah.
The music video stars actor Michael Jai White and video vixen Tae Heckard, who play a married couple. Heckard’s character seems to be falling for her bodyguard, played by Busta Rhymes, but nothing happens between them. By the video’s end, there is an apparent kidnap of Heckard’s character, but in the recently released sequel, we learn that that’s not quite what happened.
“I Know What You Want” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming one of Busta Rhymes’ biggest hits and tying with “What’s It Gonna Be” (featuring Janet Jackson) as his highest-charting song. Join me in revisiting this classic!