There's no official word on whether or not Mariah Carey's new single "Obsessed" is about Eminem, but there is plenty of evidence that suggests it. While it's a catchy song and may end up being the summer jam of '09, it falls pretty flat as an Eminem dis.
Plenty of artists have attacked Em over the course of his 10-year career, and all of managed to fall flat on their faces. It's not surprising, as Marshall Mathers is one of the most formidable battle rappers ever to storm on the scene (his schooling of Papa Doc at the end of "8 Mile" is pretty accurate). It also doesn't help that most of the MCs who have gone after Em haven't exactly been heavyweights. Does Mariah sit at the top of the heap? Here are the other contenders.
» Everlast, "Whitey's Revenge": Eminem's exchange with the former House of Pain rapper was based mostly on the perception that neither one respected the other. It produced several tracks on both sides, but while "Whitey's Revenge" is pretty tight, Eminem's track "I Remember" is absolutely savage, ranking up there with some of his best dis work. Advantage: Eminem
» Ja Rule, "Loose Change": Was there anybody that Ja Rule didn't have beef with? Not only does Rule go after Em, but he also takes shots at Dr. Dre and 50 Cent on this song. Again, "Loose Change" isn't necessarily a bad dis track, but when you consider Em dropped "Go To Sleep" as a response, there's no comparison. Advantage: Eminem
» Insane Clown Posse, "The Real Slim Anus": The beef between ICP and Slim Shady goes all the way back to Detroit, with the former unleashing a torrent of sonic bile against the latter during interviews, in videos and on wax. This is one of the sillier entries, and it does Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J no favors. Advantage: Eminem
» Canibus, "U Didn't Care": Canibus' first (and only) success came back in 1998 when he had a minor war with LL Cool J, so he's no slouch when it comes to battle rap. While "U Didn't Care" a decent re-imagining of "Stan," it doesn't hold a candle to Em's "Square Dance," the track that buried Canibus deep beneath the earth. Advantage: Eminem
» Jermaine Dupri, "JD's Reply": Dupri claimed he was the best producer in hip-hop, an idea that Dr. Dre politely disagreed with. Eminem (along with a host of other MCs) went on the record in defense of Dre. Dupri refers to Em as "A character in Disney World" but doesn't get in any real good digs at him or Dre. "Say What You Say" wasn't the greatest comeback, but it did the job. Advantage: Eminem
» Benzino, "Lose Yourself": Perhaps Em's most notorious opponent, Benzino unleashed a whole torrent of anti-Em songs over his career. "Lose Yourself" is probably the strongest, but Eminem's anti-Benzino song "Nail in the Coffin" is a scorching piece of dis. Advantage: Eminem