What is Bagpipes from Baghdad?
Bagpipes from Baghdad is a song from Eminem’s new CD. The controversial rapper took the opportunity on this new track to personally attack actor Nick Cannon and Cannon’s new wife Mariah Carey. The reason? Eminem once briefly “dated’ Mariah Carey, though Carey, a star in her own right, has denied that there was any physical connection at all, and they went out together a few times as friends.
The track “Bagpipes from Baghdad” contains the standard material we’ve come to expect from Eminem. Foul mouthed rants about Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are supported by a very unique and engaging beat. Most of the lyrics related to Cannon and Carey are too dirty to print in their entirety in this forum, but I’m happy to share a censored sample, so our readers can understand the new “beef” between Eminem and Nick Cannon.
Cannon has fallen into Eminem’s trap, releasing statements through many media sources about how Eminem’s attacks on his wife will lead to “repercussions”. Eminem is known for creating publicity through these ridiculous musical conflicts, having already gone through almost a half dozen similar feuds in the past, with everyone from Whitey Ford to Ja Rule. Eminem has fallen out of popularity in the past — it has been a while since his last record, and even longer since his last smash hit. A stint in rehab for an addiction to Ambien, a non narcotic sleep aid, didn’t help matters. Clearly, Eminem manufactured this disagreement with Cannon to get his name in the papers, and its working.
But the attacks on Mariah Carey aren’t limited to the album alone. On Eminem’s satellite television channel, Shade 45, the young rapper insinuated that he had engaged in a particularly foul sex act with Carey. What Eminem may be hoping for is some kind of public confrontation with Nick Cannon. There’s nothing quite like free publicity for a musician who has fallen out of favor with the public.
Eminem, real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, made a name for himself in 1998 with the release of his Grammy winning album “The Slim Shady LP”. His followup album, “The Marshall Mathers LP” is still the fastest selling rap album in history, and won another Grammy, as did his third album, “The Eminem Show”. Mathers owns his own record label, Shady Records, and even won an Oscar for a song that appeared in the film about his life, “8 Mile”. Eminem took a major hiatus from the music business, and hasn’t released an album since 2004. His new album, “Relapse”, will have its full release onFriday May 15, 2009.
The lyrics to “Bagpipes from Baghdad” continue to comment on his relationship with Mariah Carey, with Eminem rapping about being “locked in Mariah Carey’s wine cellar”. Eminem even makes reference to his addictions, rapping about the residue from a bottle of pharmaceuticals, and getting his “one year sobriety chip”.
For some reason, this story is hugely popular. Maybe people are interested in Cannon’s reaction to Eminem’s foolishness, or maybe Eminem still has a big enough fan base to create buzz. Either way, there are news stories about the supposed “feud” between Cannon and Eminem as far away as Asia, and all major news outlets in the US and Western Europe have chimed in on this publicity stunt. Just what Eminem wanted.