Throughout his career, Eminem has claimed he once had a relationship with Carey, dating her for six months. Eminem even took drastic measures by dissing Mariah Carey in a song called "The Warning".
The feud between Eminem and Mariah Carey has been going on since 2002. In 2001, Mariah Carey allegedly met up with Eminem to discuss the possibility of a collaboration on her 2002 Charmbracelet. Eminem has alleged that after the meeting, the two celebrity artists dated for six months, a claim that Mariah has always denied.
In 2002, Eminem first mentioned Mariah in a song called "Superman" off his fourth studio album The Eminem Show, Eminem rapped: “What you tryin’ to be, my new wife? What you Mariah? Fly through twice.”
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Also off 2002’s The Eminem Show is When The Music Stops, where Eminem rapped: “I done came way too far in this game to turn and walk away, and not say what I got to say. What the f*ck you take me for a joke? You smokin crack? Before I do that, I’d beg Mariah to take me back.”
But in a 2002 Larry King Live interview, Mariah Carey denied she was with Marshall Mathers. “I hung out with him, I spoke to him on the phone,” she told Larry King. “I think I was probably with him a total of four times. And I don’t consider that dating somebody.”
The same year, she told Maxim that there was no “sexual relationship” between her and Marshall.
Then in 2003, Mariah responded with her own diss track of sorts. On her song Clown, Carey said: “You should’ve never intimated we were lovers / When you know very well we never even touched each other.”
In 2005, during Eminem’s Anger Management Tour, audio was played that was allegedly voicemails from Mariah Carey. “Why won’t you see me? Why won’t you call me?” the person in the unconfirmed audio said.
Eminem’s obsession with Mariah Carey continued in 2006 when he rapped about her Jimmy Crack Corn. In 2009, Slim Shady released Bagpipes from Baghdad that reignited the Em’s bitterness towards Mariah after she got married to Nick Cannon in 2008.
This is the point where Nick Cannon got involved with the Eminem-Mariah feud. Cannon wrote a blog post, which was quickly deleted, that lambasted Slim Shady. Cannon alleged that Eminem’s insults were racially motivated, despite Em being the one who wanted to publicize their relationship.
Mariah responded by releasing her song titled Obsessed with the lyrics: “Why are you so obsessed with me? Lying that you’re sexing me?” The music video featured a stalker in a very Eminem-like outfit.
Eminem really laid into Mariah Carey in his scathing 2009 track The Warning, where he threatens to leak intimate voicemails and pictures from their past relationship. In 2016, Cannon released his own diss track I’m A Slick Rick. The song rapped in the style of legendary rapper Slick Rick took shots at Em.
Around the same time of I’m A Slick Rick, Cannon challenged Slim Shady to a boxing match. In the now-deleted Facebook post, Cannon wrote: “The time has come! Boys talk the talk, but men walk the walk. Nick has laid down the challenge to meet Eminem in the ring.”
In June 2016, Cannon challenged Eminem to a $100,000 rap battle. Once again, Slim never responded.
In September 2019, Cannon appeared on T.I.’s ExpediTIously podcast where he talked about wanting to fight Marshall Mathers.
In December of 2019, Fat Joe released the Family Ties album, which featured various artists such as Cardi B, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. On Slim Shady’s track Lord Above, the legendary rapper reignites the feud that had been dormant for a decade.
In the track Lord Above featuring Fat Joe, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem, Slim Shady attacks Nick Cannon and MC with harsh words about their relationship.