I used to just run the tape, and let her just freestyle on the mic for 15, 20 minutes.
Just let them be free, and they'll run into what it's gonna be. The way people write songs now is by email -- you miss out on that interaction between creative people.
Hall: I worked on her single the year before, "Dreamlover" -- I produced and co-wrote that with her. They wanted a little bit more of an urban sound for Mariah.
I was a young, up-and-coming producer, so I wasn't going to say no.
So I guess what I gave her was a little bit of urban -- but not too much.
Enough for her to be edgy, but the core fanbase was still happy.
I reached out to Puff right away, who said, “Absolutely not, she's whack.