Apparently [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] has responded to [artist id="502642"]Eminem’s[/artist] taunts from his track “Bagpipes From Baghdad” with her own stinging account of things on “Obsessed,” the first single from her upcoming album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
The bouncy number debuted Tuesday (June 16) and from the onset Carey seems to be giving her side of the story. “I was like, ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?’ ” Carey says before the music begins.
The singer never mentions the rapper by name, but the lyrics suggest Em may be the target, as Carey talks about the target’s drug problems. “It must be the weed, it must be the E/ ‘Cause you be poppin’, you get it poppin’,” Carey sings. Em recently opened up about his battle with drugs on his latest LP, Relapse.
On the album’s “Bagpipes From Baghdad,” Em raps about taking Carey back from [artist id="1233784"]Nick Cannon[/artist]. (Carey has denied Eminem’s claims that they dated for six months.) “Nick Cannon better back the f— up,” Em warns the actor/musician on the track. “I’m not playing/ I want her back, you punk.”
Carey hadn’t responded publicly, but on “Obsessed,” however, she seems to be getting her laughs in, particularly on the song’s chorus.
“Why are you so obsessed with me/ Boy I wanna know/ Lying that you’re sexing me/ When everybody knows/ It’s clear that you’re upset with me,” she sings in an Auto-Tune-tinged voice.
Throughout the song, Carey calls the track’s subject “delusional” and “confused” and says that the person must be “losing their mind.”
Singer/songwriter [artist id="2801312"]The-Dream[/artist] confirmed in a previous interview that the song is definitely directed at someone — but the “Dancing on the Moon” singer who, along with producing partner Tricky Stewart, helmed most of Carey’s next project, would not confirm exactly who. “Obsessed” is currently streaming on Carey’s Web site.
At press time, a rep for Eminem had not granted MTV News’ request for comment.