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Feuding stars Eminem, Mariah Carey “Obsessed” with each other
If President Obama still has some Bud Light in the fridge after his “beer summit” Thursday to defuse racial tensions, he might want to mediate an even bigger crisis: The escalating feud between Mariah Carey and Eminem.
Long after the stars may or may not have had a brief romantic entanglement, they have been sniping at each other in song. In the latest development, Eminem on Thursday released a new track “The Warning,” in which he goes into explicit — often embarrassing — details about their alleged fling in 2001. (Carey has said it never happened.)
“Enough dirt on you to murder you,” Eminem says in one of the mildest lines on the song, which also targets her husband of 15 months, singer/rapper Nick Cannon.
“Mariah, it ever occur to you that I still have pictures? However you prefer to do, and that goes for Nick too. Faggot, you think I’m scared of you?”
After firing out various insults at the couple, Eminem threatens to release voicemails she left for him, and then a Carey soundalike is heard making romantic utterances. Eminem does at least hold out an olive branch of sorts at the end, offering to call a truce.
His song was a direct response to Carey’s new single “Obsessed,” which comes from her forthcoming album “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.” Carey’s song does not mention Eminem by name, but the object of the song is described as being “delusional” and “fired up with your Napoleon Complex.”
“Why you so obsessed with me? Boy, I wanna know,” she sings. “Lyin’ that you’re sexin’ me when everybody knows it’s clear that you’re upset with me.”
In the video, she plays both herself and a goateed stalker in a hoodie, which Eminem in his song took to be a representation of him. Carey has said that it is no one in particular. Coincidentally or not, a remixed version of the video features rapper Gucci Mane sporting a medallion with the number “1017″ (Eminem was born on Oct. 17).
Eminem, whose caustic tirades against celebrities such as Britney Spears, Moby and Jessica Simpson, are eagerly dissected by his fans, ignited the firestorm with a song on his recent album “Relapse.” In the tune “Bagpipes from Baghdad,” he called Carey a “whore” and Cannon a “punk.” Cannon responded with an angry blog, and Eminem uncharacteristically appeared to back down when he told a BBC interviewer that one of the lines was “a little harsh.”