Mariah and Randy: Who's Quizzing Who?
May 12, 2005

With 15 number one hits and counting, multiplatinum superstar Mariah Carey's back and breaking free creatively with her 10th album "The Emancipation of Mimi."

"You're getting the side of me that's carefree and fun," Mariah told her old friend, Randy Jackson, when he caught up with her to talk about her new music and his new fame, in a rare interview only for "Extra." And the pair has had a lot of fun working together over the years. Randy even shows up in Mariah's latest video.

Randy: Are you good? Are you happy?

Mariah: I am fantastic to be sitting with you darling.

R: So M, this has been called your most revealing album to date.

M: The personal side of me on this record is the fun side that you would know, or anybody who really knows me would know that when I say something silly, like (sings) "them chickens is ash and I’m lotion," we're having jokes, it’s fun.

But M, (as Randy calls her) decided to have a little fun with Randy's "American Idol" fame by turning the interview tables on him.

M: I remember when you told me about the show and I was in Italy and you said -- what did you say to me? It was early stages?

R: I said, "I'm doing this show, I don't know, man, it's kind of interesting."

M: And now I walk down the street with you and you get mobbed and I am like, "This is Randy Jackson, this is my Randolph Jackson," and I'm so proud of you and happy for you. How do you feel that fame has changed you from the Randy Jackson that we've known?

R: I think I am still the same humble guy from the south. It's like, for me, I always say if I ever change, my mom would come out from wherever and beat the hell out of me: "What do you think you're doing, boy!?" So I'm still that guy.

M: I am happy for you and your family, and its great.

R: Ladies and gentleman, Miss Mariah Carey, yeah yeah!

M: Yes, Randolph.

R: Thanks, M.

Mariah will be joining Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand and Halle Berry, among other superstars, for a big party at Oprah's California estate this weekend.

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