After leaking briefly earlier this week, Mariah Carey’s video for her Eminem-taunting single “Obsessed” officially premiered on last night’s episode of America’s Got Talent and is up today on Yahoo! and the singer’s own Website. As Rock Daily reported when photos from the set emerged, it seems evident that Carey took her beef with the MC in front of the cameras by donning one of Slim Shady’s usual outfits (a grey hoodie). However the singer continues to deny the song is aimed at anyone in particular: “I am NOT at any point in the video playing a specific person,” she Tweeted yesterday. “I’m dressed as a ‘stalker’ in 3 different ensembles.”
Carey stars both as herself and as the goateed Eminem double, who takes jobs as a chauffeur and a photo-shoot assistant to get close to the singer. On her Twitter, Carey revealed the photographer is played by Patrick Demarchelier (her hint to readers: “He is mentioned several times in one of my favorite movies The Devil Wears Prada), and that there’s another plot-driven video for “Obsessed” on the way — the second, for the Gucci Mane remix, is being edited and will be out soon, Carey writes. SNL‘s Andy Samberg was rumored to have been originally cast in the Eminem role and backed out, leaving Carey to portray the guy who surrounds himself with images of Mariah — and has a close encounter with a bus — herself.
Mariah’s history with Eminem goes back to 2001, when the two reportedly dated briefly as Carey worked on Charmbracelet. In 2005, Em played a portion of alleged voicemail messages Carey left him before performing his song “Puke” at concerts, and tossed references to the star into “Superman” and “When the Music Stops” on The Eminem Show; at later shows he gave a brief tirade about the diva before the song. A year later, he went off on Mariah on his Shade45 satellite radio station. Eminem started the most recent volley between the pair when he pleaded for Carey to return to him and called out her husband Nick Cannon on Relapse‘s “Bagpipes From Baghdad. Though she seemed hesitant to respond publicly in the past (her manager Benny Medina has issued statements about Em’s behavior, though), Mariah promptly fired back, with a little help from The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, with “Obsessed,” the first single of Carey’s August 25th album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
Though Mariah attempts to put a nail in their dispute with the quite final end of this clip, it’s doubtful Eminem will let their public disagreement drop now — Shady, we await your reply.
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