Obsessed (4:04)

Cover of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

From Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and 13 other releases

“Obsessed” is a song by American singer Mariah Carey, released as the lead single from her 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. It was released to radio on June 16, 2009. The song is produced and co-written by Mariah Carey, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart.

On June 9, 2009, Carey announced via Twitter that the first single from Memoirs would be “Obsessed” and that it would be released to radio the following Tuesday, June 16; she also stated that “this is one of favorite songs ever. ” The singer also stated that the song was an “uptempo fun summer record”, and even though she wanted to release a Butterfly-era ballad, “Obsessed” had to come out first. She wrote on Twitter, “It’s different for me, but clearly, it’s SO me!”

“Obsessed” premiered on June 16, 2009 on Chicago’s B96. A remix of the song featuring rapper Gucci Mane was premiered on the same day. The music video will be directed by Brett Ratner.

The song’s opening line is a quote from Mean Girls, one of Carey’s favourite films.

In an interview with HipHopDX, The-Dream stated that Carey had a song that everyone would be talking about and that it would “light up the blogs”, also calling it a “fire record”; he also stated that “somebody’s going to be very upset”.

Within hours after the song’s release, various outlets speculated that its target was rapper Eminem, in response to his song “Bagpipes from Baghdad”, in which he taunted Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon. According to MTV, Carey alludes to drug problems in “Obsessed”, which Eminem opened up about on his latest album, Relapse.

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