Eminem Raps A Response To Nick Cannon Claiming He Tried To Beat Him Up Over Mariah
UPDATE: Nick Cannon has now reacted to Eminem’s diss today (December 6). “[Eminem] has been doing this forever,” Cannon says in the clip uploaded to Instagram from his Power 106 studio. “He should change his name from Eminem to Percocet—what’s the pills that old people take? We gonna call him Cialis. Bring your walker, get out your wheelchair, Eminem, and pop whatever you pop.”
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However, the entertainer suggests he does not plan on coming back with bars. “Should I respond back? It’s not worthy of a response. Then I gotta get in my time machine and put my gigolo jersey on.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Fat Joe and Eminem go back. In the late 1990s, these two MCs joined “The Rhyme Inspector” Percee P for a New York City freestyle that was luckily caught on video. While Fat Joe was a couple of albums deep at the time and running with his Diggin’ In The Crates crew, Eminem was rolling with New Jersey’s Outsidaz, DJ Spinna, SKAM2?, and others. Joe had staked Big Pun and was helping some of the Terror Squad MCs get in the industry. Marshall Mathers reportedly sent Joe Crack demo tapes six different times in hopes of securing an opportunity (this was the same time he was pursuing Duck Down).
Nothing materialized. By 1998, Eminem had inked a deal with Dr. Dre and was recording The Slim Shady LP out on the West Coast. Joe and Marshall remained on good terms, though. Just ahead of 50 Cent and G-Unit’s clash with Joe (as well as Jadakiss and others), Em notably appeared on a 2005 remix to “Lean Back,” alongside Remy Ma, Ma$e, and Lil Jon.
Nearly 15 years later, Fat Joe has remained in the spotlight with a catalog that both honors his core and stays relevant within an ever-evolving mainstream. Eminem has released two albums since late 2017. His Shady imprint is having a great year, thanks to releases by Griselda and Boogie—both of which feature Em.
However, in the closing weeks of the year, Joe and Em reunite for “Lord Above.” The song, which features Mary J. Blige is on Family Ties, Crack’s new collaborative LP with MC/producer Dre (of Cool & Dre).
Ahead of the album (which also involves Lil Wayne, Remy, and Cardi B), Joe touted Eminem’s guest verse as “the most disrespectful song,” while promoting the LP. That may be the case, for Em’s early 2000s ex Mariah Carey and a man she was with afterward: actor/comedian/host/rapper, Nick Cannon. “I’m sittin’ here, reminiscin’, think I just got a light bulb / Somethin’ I’d like to mention, this is just on a side note, word to the Terror Squad / Joe, this is all puns aside though / I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note / But that other dude’s whipped, that p*ssy got him neutered / Tried to tell him this chick’s a nutjob ‘fore he got his jewels clipped / Almost got my caboose kicked? Fool, quit / You not gon’ do sh*t I let her chop my balls off, too ‘fore I lost to you, Nick.” Recently, Em has been taking swipes. He did so at Iggy Azalea on Conway The Machine’s “Bang.”
However, Marshall does not bring up the past in a vacuum. In September, Nick Cannon told T.I. on his podcast that he went looking for Eminem in the rapper’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Presumably, this was following 2009’s “Bagpipes From Baghdad,” a song that dissed both Mimi and Nick. “I called managers…I gotta show my wife I’m a man,” Cannon said on The ExpediTIously Podcast (embedded below). “I said, ‘I know I’m not gonna be able to out-rap you, but I will whoop your ass.’ Those were the exact words at the time. Cooler heads prevailed.”
Later in the verse, Em has fun with rapper-referencing wordplay. “If Rap was an actual Glock, you’d act like you strapped when you’re not / Only cap that you pop is the top on the can of your pop / You the man ’til I pop your top / You ain’t Jack in a Box / And I ain’t talkin’ a hamburger spot/ Cracker with the barrel, armed to the teeth, Anderson .Paak / Rest in peace to Afeni and her son Pac / You sent me that plaque with his rhyme sheet, I haven’t forgot / Blow 30 million in a month, call it Brewster’s Millions / Just hope I don’t lose the feelin’, from soldier to civilian / Got everything I need but I don’t even see myself in the future chillin’ / Only thing I don’t have in the booth’s a ceiling, just call me the roofless villain.” Em references Tupac, whose posthumous material he worked on. He uses fellow Aftermath artist Anderson .Paak for a punchline, and pays homage to MC Ren with a pun.
Dre opens the song, recalling his “Hate It Or Love” journey from being broke to producing records for JAY-Z in France. In his verse, Joe Crack crowns himself “the Frank Sinatra of the Spanish mobsters.” Mary takes the chorus with praise over some of Dre’s church organs.
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#BonusBeat: Nick Cannon’s clip from The ExpediTIously Podcast: