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9 Times Mariah Carey Slayed Lyrically Before "Infinity"

Queen Mariah is receiving praise left and right for her pithy lyrics in her latest release, "Infinity," but true fans know Mariah's been throwing down poignant tracks for years.

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1. That time she effortlessly shooed away the haters on "Migrate."

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Lyrics: “As we proceed getting buzzed,
The envious ones,
Hatin' but they can't take they eyes off us,
But we don't see none of that,
They playin' my jam,
And the floor is packed,
So ya'll need to migrate up out the door.”

Album: Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel

2. That time she totally used Gmail to start some shit on "Up Out My Face."

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Lyrics: “You ain't never gonna feel this thing again
You gon' get a lot of calls
Cause I CC-ed at your friends.”

Album: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

3. That time she brought back your favorite '90s scent on "Shake It Off."

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Lyrics: “I gotta shake it off
Just like the Calgon commercial
I really gotta get up outta here
And go somewhere”

Album: The Emancipation of Mimi

Morning Glory anyone?

4. That time she painted you a vivid picture of her insomnia with "We Belong Together."

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Lyrics: “I can't sleep at night
When you are on my mind
Bobby Womack's on the radio
Saying to me
"If you think you're lonely now"
Wait a minute
This is too deep (too deep)
I gotta change the station
So I turn the dial
Trying to catch a break
And then I hear Babyface
I only think of you
And it's breaking my heart
I'm trying to keep it together
But I'm falling apart”

Album: The Emancipation of Mimi

5. That time she threatened you and knocked Wendy Williams in one fell swoop on "Touch My Body."

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Lyrics: “If there's a camera up in here
Then it's gonna leave with me
When I do (I do)
If there's a camera up in here
Then I'd best not catch this flick
On YouTube (YouTube)
'Cause if you run your mouth and brag
About this secret rendezvous
I will hunt you down
'Cause they be all up in my bidness
Like a Wendy Interview
But this is private
Between you and I”

Album: E=MC2

6. This one from "Obsessed" needs no explanation because it's lyrical gold.

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Lyric: “Got you all fired up, with your Napoleon complex,
Seein' right through you like you're bathin' in Windex.”

Album: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

7. That time she called out her ex-husband for being a controlling monster in the classiest way on "Side Effects."

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Lyrics: “I was a girl, you was a man
I was too young to understand
I was naïve, I just believed
Everything that you told me
Said you were strong, protecting me
Then I found out that you were weak
Keepin' me there, under your thumb
'Cause you were scared that I'd become much
More than you could handle,
Shining like a chandelier
That decorated every room inside
The private hell we built”

Album: E=MC2

8. That time them chickens was ash and she was lotion in the song "It's Like That."

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Lyrics: “You like this and you know it
Caution, it's so explosive
Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion
Baby, come and get it
Let me give you what you need”

Album: The Emancipation of Mimi

9. And of course, her latest single "Infinity" is filled with clever lyrics.

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