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"Crybaby"
Single by Mariah Carey featuring Snoop Dogg
from the album Rainbow
Released July 20, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre R&B
Length 5:19
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Trey Lorenz, Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, Timmy Gatling, Gene Griffin
Producer Mariah Carey, Damizza
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Thank God I Found You"
(2000)
"Crybaby"/"Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"
(2000)
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
(2000)
Snoop Dogg chronology
"Chin Check"
(2000)
"Crybaby"
(2000)
"Story to Tell"
(2000)

"Crybaby" is a song written by American singer Mariah Carey, Trey Lorenz and rapper Snoop Dogg, and produced by Carey and Damizza for Carey's sixth studio album, Rainbow (1999). It features Snoop Dogg and its production is built around a sample of the 1988 song "Piece of My Love," originally performed by Guy and written by Teddy Riley, Aaron Hall, Timmy Gatling and Gene Griffin. Its protagonist reveals the struggles of dealing with insomnia and thoughts of past lovers as she "spirals out of control" and declares "I gotta get me some sleeeeeep." The word "crybaby" is never mentioned in the song, though Carey does say "I still cry, baby, over you and me...".

Commercial release

It was released as the album's third single in 2000, as a double A-side with the song "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)". Its release was the subject of conflict between Carey and her label Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment. Although the first two singles from the album became number 1 hits in the U.S., Columbia Records did not believe that any more singles from the project were strong enough. Carey believed otherwise, and began to publicly criticize the label through messages left on her official website. Columbia decided to release the single as a double A-side, but Carey said they did not promote it sufficiently and once again denounced them on her website.

"Can't Take That Away" was emphasized at Top 40 Mainstream radio stations and "Crybaby" at mainstream urban stations. It was actually intended that the former would chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the latter would focus on the R&B charts. The songs had very limited airplay, and because Billboard magazine rules at that time stipulated that the song from a double A-side with the most airplay (in this case, "Crybaby") would be credited only, "Crybaby" was eligible to chart. Double A-sided singles were credited together on the charts until 1998, when the Hot 100 changed from a "singles" chart to a "songs" chart, and consequently every song was credited individually.

"Crybaby" did not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart. It debuted on the Hot 100 at number 28 only after its release as a commercial single, but it's minimal airplay prevented it from ascending the Hot 100. It remained in the top forty for two weeks and on the chart for just seven weeks, becoming Carey's first single to miss the U.S. top twenty.

The single's music video, directed by Sanaa Hamri, shows Carey on a restless night in her apartment when Snoop Dogg arrives via her television screen to perform his rapped parts. The only known remix of the song is an unofficial one by Junior Vasquez which leaked onto the internet.

Charts

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 28
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[1] 23

References

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