New Mariah Carey video, 'Up Out My Face': Finally! Mimi is emancipated by hot new video

Sometimes, Mariah gets it wrong (“H.A.T.E. U”? H.A.T.E.D. those freakin swimsuits. “I Want to Know What Love Is”? I want to know why you’re in a baseball stadium full of sad people).

And then—she gets it so right.  In the new video for “Up Out My Face” from her upcoming duets remix album Angels Advocate, due March 30, there are so very many things to love: the color scheme (Target ad? White Stripes tribute?); the nonsensical (but sexical!) nurses’ outfits and Barbie boxes; rising Lil Wayne protege Nicki Minaj getting red, white, and saucypants all over; Nick Cannon (he also directs the clip) reprising his Drumline stomp in the outro. They wear silly outfits, they make silly faces; they have fun:

Wasn’t that delicious? Do you not want to put Minaj in your pocket? Are you fonder of Nick Cannon than you were five and half minutes ago? (He also directed his wife in another new video, the less-than-scintillating Ne-Yo collaboration “Angels Cry,” but we are letting that one slide; it is a forgiveness kind of day). Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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  • Troy

    I dig it. It’s a fun little song, and a video that doesn’t take itself seriously is a perfect match. Well done!

  • Sally in Chicago

    Now with Nick directing, maybe all her vids will be better.

  • paige

    well there goes 5 minutes and 29 seconds of my life down the crapper… the video was cute, i guess, for mariah – who only makes mediocre (at best) videos. the song though was looooooooooooooong and another one of her mid-tempo whispery blah-blah’s… strictly food for the lambs.

    • PhillipsT052163

      Actually you underestimated your time of 5 minutes and 29 seconds….how long did it take for you to come up with that ignorant response and type it? Mariah Carey is an artist…music is an art…anytime an artist goes up above the “norm” and steps outside the box, they get attention. Afterall, she certainly got yours….you watched the entire “mediocre” video. While she’s making her millions, what are you doing………runnin’ your mouth and talking out the side of you neck. Get the feet to movin’ and push off like Fred Flinstone, you stone head !

      • Mike

        that was a hot reply. The way you talk sounds hot hehehe! I agree with you 100% though. Lamb4Life!

      • Akihiro

        Hi! I think as a songwriter Mariah Carey is rellay more of a lyricist than anything else. If you listen to her songs, especially post-Tony Mottola, the lyrics are rellay far too personal to have been written by someone else. Maybe that’s why she’s known more as a singer/diva than a songwriter and why her writing credits are always limited to collaborations because she needs help in adding melody to her music.

  • Fatima

    Nicki Minaj is brilliant. Seriously. I’m not kidding.

    • Maureen

      You must not get out much.
      Seriously, I’m not kidding.

      • Fatima

        Oh Maureen, have a sense of humor. It be nice if people could get off their high horses and realize Nicki is a WTF oddity treasure.

  • Fatima

    Also, Mariah approached this album like a rapper in a lot of places. Her lyrics have never been more random or entertaining. “If we were two lego blocks, not even the Harvard University graduating class of 2010 could put us back together again.” Kind of stupid? Yep. Better than “When a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on” though.

  • Kevin Johnson

    Wow. Very cute for Mariah, who hasn’t made a decent video in like forever.

  • Elizabeth

    That was fun… thanks for sharing the vid, Leah!

  • junk

    LOVE the video! Great and catchy song also! It’s hilarious when she falls down coming out of the box!

  • Chase

    I didn’t think I could hate Mariah Carey more. Boy, was I wrong!

    She needs to retire.

    • kjsdewbj

      SHE IS DA BEST WAT R U THINKIN

      • AcaseofGeo

        I’ll support the one who knows how to type real words in a cogent way. Guess who I’m NOT agreeing with…….

    • wakeforce

      Why would you watch a video of someone you hated. I have to think you have a pretty pathetic life, if you feel it necessary wasting time on people you hate. Which is why I won’t spend another second on you. Goodbye!

  • GA

    Love it. Up out my face boy!

  • Jess

    Yeah, easily one of her best videos. The song is catchy, too.

  • Erica

    LOVE IT. This is a smash in the making! Finally a great video from Mimi!

  • Joe C

    Haven’t seen the video yet, but ‘Angels Cry’ is the best song of ‘Memoirs’. I agree that Ne-Yo doesn’t add all that much, but he’s a good singer and it is still a great song. Mariah’s voice has never sounded better, and I have been a fan since Day 1, ‘Vision of Love.’ Go Mimi!

    • jason

      @ Joe C

      Been a fan since VOL also. UOMF is brilliant and AC is great in its simplicity. Are you THE JOE C???

  • janet

    Get it M.C!

  • Bruna

    I Love the video….very good!!!!
    I am fan of Mariah and love her very much…not to mention that Nick is very good director

    • Sha’ron

      I love this song and this video. Nicki minaj is the best hands down

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