From The Vault: Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj – ‘Up Out My Face’

Published: Sunday 20th Jan 2013 by Joe

“If we were two Lego blocks even the Harvard University graduating class of 2010 couldn’t put us back together again”

Back in 2010, those were the very words Mariah Carey cooed on her then-single ‘Up Out My Face’ – which featured a then-rising Nicki Minaj. Fast forward 3 years and we’re sure the premium diva is directing those lyrics to the rapper…for quite different reasons (see: beef). Nevertheless, the American Idol judges’ release is this week’s From The Vault pick.

Originally included on MC’s 2009 opus ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ sans Minaj, the version which featured the femcee was rolled out as as the first single (alongside ‘Angel’s Cry’ feat. Ne-Yo) from her scrapped remix album ‘Angels Advocate’. Musically, the release was helmed by Mimi, Tricky Stewart and The Dream – the team behind the totality of the song’s parent LP.

Criminally underrated, the single didn’t exactly set the charts alight – charting at #39 on the US Hip-Hop/R&B and only at a mere #100 on the Hot 100. Still, we feel it was wholly deserving of the “single treatment” as it was a true highlight on an album that, despite its cohesive-quality, wasn’t front-loaded with “hits”. Unusual for a “Mariah Carey” album.

Still, its accompanying video served up many an entertaining moment, packing with it enough to ensure ‘Up Out My Face’ serves as a memorable Mariah moment, regardless of chart placings (or lack-thereof). Mr Carey aka Nick Cannon took charge of directorial duties, delivering a vivid, colorful and, humorous clip. Channeling the ‘Roman’s Revenge’ artist’s recurring “Black Barbie” theme, the girls are painted as bootylicious, larger-than-life dolls whose wardrobes are as all sorts of scanty.

This chemistry the Pop stars shared on its video make their current feud all the more ironic.

In any case, Mimi and Nicki will have no other choice but to stay in each other’s faces for the next few months, as they search for the next music ‘Idol. And while we’re all for peace, love, and all that good stuff, we’ll be enjoying all the .gif moments they keep serving up each week on FOX.

#Team Mimi? #Team Nicki?

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  1. BEYSUS CHRIST January 20, 2013

    One Hasbeen & One Flop…..

    There on idol for a reason no cares for there music & they trying to stay relevant

    • BEYSUS CHRIST January 20, 2013


    • BEYSUS CHRIST January 20, 2013

      Four years ago, a surprise performance by Beyonce at President Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Ball became arguably the most talked-about musical moment of the inauguration festivities.

      At the Jan. 20, 2009 event — broadcast on ABC and watched by 12.6 million U.S. TV viewers according to Nielsen — she serenaded the newly-elected president and first lady Michelle Obama with a cover of Etta James’ “At Last.”

      Video clips of the performance went viral on YouTube, other TV networks played it repeatedly, and sales of the song immediately surged. Beyonce’s already-released cover version earned a 1,318% sales gain according to Nielsen SoundScan in the tracking week ending Jan. 25. The tune sold 31,000 downloads that week — up from just 2,000 the week previous. (Her version of “At Last” had been released late in 2008 on the “Cadillac Records” soundtrack. She co-starred in the film as James.)

      Beyonce is back again for Obama’s second inauguration, though this time she’ll be performing at the Ceremonial Swearing-In Ceremony on Jan. 21. Also on hand for the ceremony: Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor.

      Obama’s first inauguration was a major TV event. The Jan. 20, 2009 ceremony was watched by 37.8 million U.S. TV viewers — the second-most-watched presidential inauguration after President Reagan’s first in 1981 (41.8 million). Leading up to that were an array of concerts and balls, broadcast on HBO and Disney Channel, all of which earned many millions of viewers and boasted A-list talent.

    • BEYSUS CHRIST January 20, 2013

      Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter[2][3] (born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé (pron.: /biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Knowles’ work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (with Destiny’s Child). As a solo artist, Knowles has sold over 13 million albums in the United States and over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[4][5] In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade,[6][7] and ranked her as the fourth Artist of the Decade.[8] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.[9][10] In 2010, she appeared on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”,[11] and was ranked third on their “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012.[12] In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”.[13]

      During the hiatus of Destiny’s Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, in 2006, which spawned the top five singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar”. Her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), spawned the hit singles “If I Were a Boy”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams”. The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Knowles’ fourth solo album, 4 (2011), became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist. This made her the third artist in the chart’s history to have her first four studio albums debut atop the chart.

      Apart from her work in music, Knowles has also ventured into acting and designing clothes and various perfumes. Her performance in Dreamgirls (2006) earned her two Golden Globe nominations. Knowles introduced her family’s fashion line House of Deréon in 2005, and has endorsed such brands as L’Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo and Vizio. In April 2008, Knowles married American rapper Jay-Z, and gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.

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      • SlayDeleAdkins January 20, 2013

        Mariah Carey[1] (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She made her recording debut in 1990 under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, and released her self-titled debut studio album, Mariah Carey. The album went multi-platinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following her marriage to Mottola in 1993, a series of hit records, including Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993) and Merry Christmas (1994), established her position as Columbia’s highest-selling act. Daydream (1995), made music history when the second single, “One Sweet Day” a duet with Boyz II Men, spent a record sixteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, and remains the longest-running number-one song in U.S. chart history. During the recording of the album, Carey began to deviate from her R&B and pop beginnings, and slowly traversed into hip hop. After her separation from Mottola, this musical change was evident with the release of Butterfly (1997).

        Carey left Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records. Carey ventured into film with Glitter (2001). Before the film’s release she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. Following the film’s poor reception, she was bought out of her recording contract for $50 million, which led to a decline in her career. She signed a multi-million dollar contract deal with Island Records in 2002, and after an unsuccessful period, returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). Its second single “We Belong Together” became her most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named “Song of the Decade” by Billboard. Carey once again ventured into film, and starred in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (2009). Her role in the film was well-received, and she was awarded the “Breakthrough Performance Award” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and Black Reel and NAACP Image Award nominations.

        In a career spanning over two decades, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world’s best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. Carey was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of “Touch My Body” (2008), Carey gained her EIGHTEENTH NUMBER 1 SINGLE in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, Carey was ranked second on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Music”. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, 17 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards. Referred to as the “songbird supreme” by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.

        I Love beyonce but please NEVER compare her to mariah!
        Try Again!

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  2. J. Vryheid January 20, 2013

    Anyone who thinks this “beef” is real is dumb as hell. They signed MILLION dollar contracts, it is probably CONTRACTED they sizzle a little drama to get the show ratings.

    Because without drama, the show would have NO ratings, therefore they wouldn’t make any money. EVERY SINGLE SHOW has drama, 99% of the time it is set-up.

    • Beyonce Husband January 20, 2013

      How you sound???????

  3. LOL January 20, 2013

    I think it would be really funny if they decided to perform this song together at idol.

  4. OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and see what happens… January 20, 2013

    i remember when this song came out back when nicki was a bit irrelevant…look at her now… #timechanges

    • harry January 20, 2013

      I remember when this song came out and nicki was black…look at her now

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  6. OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and see what happens… January 20, 2013

    and i forgot to add… nicki minaj should sue the surgeon who did her nose job… he didnt do a good job

  7. MCThePlaceToBe January 20, 2013

    I used to hate Nicki until i watched Idol, so i’m Team Mimi AND Team Onika.

  8. NO Daddy January 20, 2013

    love the video with the reprise at the end!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. j January 20, 2013

    That’s what he left?
    Let his mama
    Pick it up
    Might back up on it
    Vroom vroom
    With the pick-up truck

    LoL love this verse from nicki

  10. NickiSaidDis January 20, 2013

    They’re so cute together. Please be friends girls.

  11. PSA (FAF) January 20, 2013

    They are not f****** beefing, Sam, didn’t u just post this vid 2 wks ago ?!

    And secondly, they are not enemies ! A disagreement does not = beef

    Beef : Lil Kim

    If you cant see Mariah & NIcki are passing love licks on the panel, you are delusional !

    Mariah is flexing her “diva” status & nicki is laughing it off & showing how ratchet she can be ! Only white ppl think this is controversial !

  12. ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ January 20, 2013

    I actually like this song from Memoirs (one of the standouts alongside “ribbon”, “betcha didn’t know”, “candybling”, etc). I like their chemistry here and on Idol.

    I cannot believe that their chemistry is the only interesting thing on Idol (other than their comments to contestants). I still believe that they had a little spat but nothing as big as what the media and they themselves are making it out to be). I absolutely enjoyed their interactions on Idol I mean Mariah’s “diva” attitude to her comments and her “Mean Girls” trivia and Nicki constantly rolling her eyes at Mariah 😆

    I hope they continue the friendly fire thing going on.

    • Benron (King of The Phucking Navi) January 20, 2013

      Mariah is super boring though, I thought I’d like her but if Nicki wasn’t there I might of fell asleep.

      • ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ January 20, 2013

        How original 🙄 sorry she can’t suck d*** on the panel a la your fave to entertain your soul 🙄

  13. Geezy January 20, 2013

    Sam cut the b******* for hits its beyond lame its make you look desperate. As for the video it was a cool and I like their chemistry. The barbie theme worked well here as both women believe they’re barbie dolls.

  14. JOHNVIDAL January 20, 2013

    Damn, not that she didn´t have it before 2009 but Nicki had way more surgery since 2009 didn´t she???
    Anyway, even if I´ve never cared about AI and the likes, I´m sure this is the ebst panel ever, or at least since teh original one. MC and Nicki shade each other in a firendly kind of way and it´s fun. What happened is that Nicki is not that stable and at times couldn´t handle the shade, so she got a little bit angry. We´ve already seen it and we´ll see it more when that episode comes. If you can´t handle the heat don´t play with fire girl!!! lol
    But all the judges are good together. Love how every single contestant who enters the room praises Mariah before or after singing 🙂

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