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Nick Cannon Gets Emotional Over Mariah Fallout on ‘Divorce Papers’ Track

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On Thursday (June 16), Nick Canon released a rap track called “Divorce Papers,” and much like the song’s title suggests, it’s an intimate look into the psyche of the entertainer following his high-profile split from Mariah Carey. And yes, it’s very emotional.

The raw freestyle touches on his fractured marriage to the pop star, and while there’s not too much rage to the lyrics, it is a brutally honest breakdown of their relationship, his ongoing media drama and the personal struggles he’s experienced during the fallout of the breakup.

If Kanye feel like Pablo, I feel like Ike / Turner, I just might / When the world hate you because of what she sing about,” Cannon raps, seemingly placing some of the blame on his ex. “I should have listen to y’all tips, bring ’em out / Now y’all happy? Hope she happy / Know she happy / Paparazzi snapping.

As he freestyles about his two children with Carey, Monroe and Moroccan, the America’s Got Talent host sounds especially devastated: “We single now but [what] we really need to think about is how a child deals / How a child feels / Because we got two and they brilliant for real / Resilient for real… / And I’ma be honest, sometimes I hate to hear you’re on the other line having fun without me / I wonder if my son will ever doubt me / Cause what the press write about me…

The rapper also touches upon the fragility of fandom, and those who have turned their backs — or against him — during his time of hardship.

Remember when the fans was glad for me?” he asks. “Now they wanna brag, talk s— and dab on me / They don’t realize my pop just died, damn homie / This is my real life, almost died twice myself / But f— my health / Ya’ll felt I kept this s— held up for some motherf—ing alimony? / Now who phony? / When y’all need help, y’all call me / When I need help, y’all call TMZ / And y’all believe everything that ya’ll see.

However, in a statement to Karen Civil, the site which premiered the song yesterday, the artist insisted that he and Carey are “in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy,” adding that he is “happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones.”

Read Nick’s full statement, below:

My purpose for creating this “Divorce Papers” freestyle was not to feed the tabloid chatter, or even to diffuse it. This was strictly a creative way for me to express my frustrations with the media, the naysayers, myself and ultimately with the voices in my head. One late night in my studio, after hearing the recent accusations against me and my character, I turned on my drum machine, found this amazing Willie Hutch sample, looped it, and went into the booth and let it all out. It felt great!

I’ve been sitting on the song for almost a week now because I was really torn on whether or not I should release it. The last thing I would ever want to do is add fuel to the fire, especially a fire that was fabricated by the press. But, ultimately I felt it was necessary to clear the air and set the record straight once and for all.

My Ex and I are in a great place and are diligently moving things along so we both can continue to be happy. I am happy for her and all her new endeavors, both personal ones and professional ones. I sincerely hope the media doesn’t once again try to manipulate my words or my purpose for releasing this song. As the world knows, I am an open book and I’m proud of that. When it comes to expressing myself, I take the fearless approach and that’s what I chose to do here.

As Father’s Day approaches this weekend, I’ve been reflecting quite a bit on my life as a father and how I want to be the best one I can be, the way my father figures were to me. So with that said, I just ask that the public continues to respect our process and remain patient and loving as me and my family aim for happiness.

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