When will it end? No time soon, apparently.
The battle pitting Eminem against Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon — which began with Em's "Bagpipes From Baghdad" and continued with Carey's "Obsessed" — took another turn Thursday night (July 30), when Slim Shady dropped a new dis track against Mariah called "The Warning."
Before he starts rapping, Em tells Carey, "Only reason I dissed you in the first place is because you denied seeing me. Now I'm pissed off." He doesn't stop there. "You wanna hear something wick wack?/ I got the same exact [tattoo] that's on Nick's back," the Detroit MC says a few seconds into his rap. "Oh gee, is that supposed to be me in the video with the goatee?/ Wow Mariah, didn't expect ya to go b---s out./ B---h, shut the f--- up before I put all those phone calls out/ You made to my house/ When you was wilding out/ Before Nick, when you was on my di--." From there, Em goes onto graphically describe what he alleges was his one full sexual encounter with Carey, labels her a "liar" and other ugly names, and threatens to reveal personal pictures and phone messages he has of the singer. Eminem then plays bits of what sounds like it could be Carey's voice at the end of song: The unidentified woman refers to herself as "Mary Poppins." "[If] you gonna ruin my career, you better get one," Em advises Nick Cannon.
In recent weeks, all three parties have denied any hard feelings: When asked about his angry blog post about "Baghdad," Cannon emphasized there was never any beef; Em has the song's lyrics were "misinterpreted"; Carey and Cannon both denied that the male-stalker character she plays in the new video for "Obsessed" — a character with a striking resemblance to Eminem — was supposed to be a parody of Slim Shady.
Carey has denied having a previous relationship with Eminem; Eminem has insisted there was one. "My wife doesn't beef," Cannon told MTV News recently. "She's Mariah Carey. She's not beefin', she's a vegetarian. People keep saying ['Obsessed'] was directed at certain people. To be completely honest, she did the record 'cause she's a huge fan of this movie 'Mean Girls,' and there's a line in the movie where one of the girls is like, 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' She says that at the beginning of the song, and that's where the concept came from. But, you know, art imitates life."
Carey told MTV News, "Everybody started having their own speculations about who the stalker [in the video] was. I'm like, look, when I look at that stalker and me with the beard and the whole nine yards, I look like my cousin Chris. I do. I look like my brother and my cousin Chris. So basically, you know, all the speculation about who I'm playing in the video, it's not accurate."