"The Warning" is a hip hop diss song written and performed by American hip hop artist Eminem and produced by Dr. Dre as part of an ongoing conflict with Mariah Carey. Throughout his career, Eminem claimed he once had a relationship with Carey, dating her for six months. Carey, however, always denied the claim. As a result, Eminem recorded a number of songs in which he rapped about the singer in a negative light, angered by her not admitting to seeing him.
Eminem's sixth studio album Relapse (2009) features a song entitled "Bagpipes from Baghdad", with lyrics suggesting that Eminem is still in love with Carey, and features insulting comments about the singer and her husband Nick Cannon. After, Cannon made a post on his website, defending Carey and expressing his disgust at the rapper's comments. Eminem responded to his comment by saying he meant well and that the song is actually "wishing the couple the best", and later noted that he respected Cannon for his comment, expecting him to defend his wife.
After the release of Carey's "Obsessed", a song about an obsessed man who claims to be having a relationship with her, suspicions were raised by many, including Eminem himself, that it was directed at Eminem, despite claims to the contrary by Cannon. As a response, Eminem released "The Warning", in which he claims he still has proof of the couple. Cannon responded to the song with his "I'm a Slick Rick", and even challenged Eminem to a boxing match for charity which never took place. Though not released as a single or as part of an album, "The Warning" appeared on three Billboard charts.
- Category: 2009 songs
- Category: Eminem songs
- Category: Song recordings produced by Dr. Dre
- Category: Songs written by Dr. Dre
- Category: Songs written by Eminem
- artist: Eminem
- genre: Hip hop music
- lyrics by: Eminem
- performer: Eminem
- producer: Dr. Dre
- record label: Aftermath Entertainment
- record label: Interscope Records
- record label: Shady Records
- recordLabel: Aftermath Entertainment
- recordLabel: Interscope Records
- recordLabel: Shady Records