A midtempo ballad that mixes a soft R&B beat with piano accompaniment, "Triumphant" is all about rising above a tough situation. "Reach for the stars," Carey sings. "Be all that you are and make 'em all fall down."
The track opens with Mill, whose verse quickly sums up the theme of the track. "The only way to make it to the top is if you go and get it from the bottom ... I remember they said that it ain't my turn/ But it ain't confirmed/ Then the tables turned," Mill raps. "Just look at me now/ Try to hold me down, but I ain't gonna stop/ 'Cause I'm gonna climb to the mountaintop."
"Meek adds an excitement, a newness to the record that is pretty rare right now," Carey said in a conference call with journalists Thursday just before releasing the song to radio. "Working with Ross and Meek on the same record was incredible. Obviously, Ross is a star and everybody loves him. I'm a fan of his music. I really, really wanted to work with him. I love the tone of his voice. I think the contrast of his voice and mine would be something special. I always like to do collaborations that people might think are different."
Carey is in peak form on her signature high notes, and the production comes courtesy of two of the pop legend's most trusted collaborators: co-writers/co-producers Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox. Cox told MTV News that the track is very personal to Carey.
"This song is kind of inspirational. It's close to her heart, and I think her fans are going to really, really be emotionally attached to this song," Cox tells MTV News. "I expect that this record's going to be a huge record. I expect that this is going to be one of her bigger albums."
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