DJ Clark Kent: “That was some homeboy shit. I was DJ’ing a bunch of parties, and she was coming to a bunch of them. She was hearing what I was playing, and [she liked my taste]. That, and she was doing a movie that was set in the time of all the records I was playing, which was like the late 80’s, early 90’s. So [the song that I sampled,] ‘Candy,’ was crackin’.
“She was coming to the parties I was doing because she liked that Slick Rick ‘Why, Why, Why’ shit I did. But I knew her since the beginning of her career. She flew me out to Canada [when she was filming Glitter], and that’s when she heard the beat. And she was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that one.’
“What’s crazy is that was B.I.G.’s beat. He just never did it. He asked for it. ‘Clark, hook up ‘Candy.’ That was our era. That was what we grew up on. I would do all the after parties on the Junior M.A.F.I.A. tour, and he walked in [to one of the parties] and heard me playing that and was like, ‘Yo, freak that, yo!’
What’s crazy is that was B.I.G.’s beat. He just never did it. He asked for it. ‘Clark, hook up ‘Candy.’ That was our era. That was what we grew up on. I told her, 'This was Biggie's.' And she was like, 'And he didn't do it?!?'
“I told her, ‘This was Biggie’s.’ And she was like, ‘And he didn’t do it?!?’ He probably just forgot, because we were doing so much.
“If you know [Mariah], working with her is different than if you don’t know her. She might be a little like, ‘What’s going on?’ But with her, she gets to know the producers that she works with. It’s almost like she has to be your friend to work with you. She’s very particular. It has to go down the way she says.
“She wrote the song, and had a lady sing it first so she could hear what it sounded like. Then she wrote all the other parts around it. Then, she was like, ‘I want it to be this way. I want this to be this many bars, and the track to drop out here.’ She’s in to her production.
“Superbowl Sunday, I’m in Miami, and the Giants are about to play. I’ve got 50 yard line tickets. I get a call. ‘Clark, I need you to come to Cali today so we can finish the song.’ I’m like, ‘It’s the Superbowl today [and I’m going to the game]. Are you serious?’ And she’s like, ‘Oh, I was gonna have the jet bring you to L.A. and then put you up at the Beverly Wilshire and then we could just go in the studio and knock it out.’
“I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ And she’s like, ‘Be a lamb.’ And I’m like, ‘Ahhh, you’re bugging [Laughs.]!’ And sure enough, she squoze until I’m getting on a fucking jet to go to L.A. She had the private jet waiting in Miami.
“She set me up in the Bevery Wilshire in a super suite. And then, I go to the studio, and she wants to record. And I’m like, ‘I swear, every TV in this studio better be on the Superbowl, yo.’”