TALE OF THE MIXTAPES: An oral history of Eminem and Benzino's lyrical and TV feud
Benzino: The only M&M I know is Made Men / and by the way, he aint never gonna play me, never / I'll show this bitch really what it is to be Shady / I don't care how much records you sold/You can't walk through the hood without the men in black/Disrespect your moms bitch you deserve a smack / It's not a black or white thing, that sh*ts in the past / I got some white boys in Boston that'll bust yo ass!
Benzino: I'm not Moby or that little puppet on MTV / I break glasses to your living room so you can see me / Yeah, you sold a lot of units, but you can't be me.... Respect the hood Marshall or the hood will take you out / you the real wanksta and I don't care who you sign / Disrespect Benzino and that ass is mine!
Eminem, on Hot 97's "Take Over Show": Eminem then called in to Hot 97 while 50 Cent was hosting Angie Martinez's Take Over Show. He proceeded to berate Benzino, calling him "Hasbenzino" and saying that his record "may be in the bottom of the trash can."
Eminem Vs Canibus Canibus' beef with Eminem started in 1998 before Eminem was signed. Eminem spoke on how the beef with Canibus started on Tim Westwood's hip-hop show, which can be heard by clicking here. Em stated how Wyclef and Canibus approached him in 1998 (before Em blew up) and asked if he ghost-wrote the lyrics to LL Cool J's "The Ripper Strikes Back" which was a diss to Canibus. After Eminem denied writing the song, he explains that Canibus was rude to him.
Canibus came to see him on the Warped Tour the following year and apologised for his reactions and asked if Eminem was still up for doing collaboration. Canibus presented Eminem with the track "Phuck U" from the 2000 B.C album, Eminem wasn't feeling the track and turned it down. His reason was he thought that it sounded like it was directed toward him and LL, but he couldn't really tell. Eminem made numerous name drops on the 'Slim Shady LP', which could have been taken either way. Lines like "I'm cancerous, so when I diss you wouldn't wanna answer this If you responded back with a battle rap you wrote for Canibus" could have been taken as a diss or a compliment. Eminem also mentioned Bis' in a track called 'Get You Mad' which was on Sway & Tech's 'This Or That' album, the lyrics were "Lesson Three: Get a job at a label; switch demos with Canibus and put yours on the owner's table (here listen!)".
Shortly after Eminem's sophomore LP 'Marshall Mathers LP' dropped, Canibus decided to continue the story of Stan. 'Stan' was the third single to be released from the 'Marshall Mathers LP' and told a story about a crazed fan who eventually drove himself off a bridge because Eminem didnt write a letter back to him. The first skit on Canibus' Third release entitled 'C True Hollywood Stories' was 'Stan Lives' where Canibus witnesses Stan driving off the bridge and he pulls over and helps him. This leads into the first track of the album called 'U Didn't Care'. In the track Canibus takes the role of Stan and writes to Eminem. He mentions the time when they met "Matta fact, I think he met you/It was the day you came to his video shoot with DJ, Jimmy's nephew/'Clef stepped to him and told him he should step to you/That you was ghost writing for L, but that wasn't true/You was looking at him the same way I'm looking at you/Why can't we be friends Em', I don't want nothing from you" then the most talked about diss of the album came "You see there's a little bit of Stan in all of us/Tell me where you think all of these record sales sparred from/Talking 'bout Britney and Christina Aguilera/N'sync too, have you ever looked in a mirror?/Your hair ain't really blonde, and ya eyes ain't blue/So never diss me, cuz when you diss me your dissin you.."
Canibus also had another skit on the album involving Stan where they are sitting in a limousine chatting, 'Stan' offers Bis an M&M and Bis replies with "I don't eat M&M's (Eminem)". Stan is also included in the Rock influenced track 'Draft Me' where Canibus raps about defending his country.
After hearing this album Eminem fired a few more shots at Bis on various tracks. First there was 'Squaredance', track 5 from Eminem's third album 'The Eminem Show' where em spits "Can-I-Bitch don't want no beef with slim no..." and he also calls him 'Canadabis' at the end of the track. Apart from that, there were a few subliminal disses scattered throughout the album on tracks such as 'When the music stops' and 'Say what you say' and the intro to the first single 'Without Me' where he uses the "Round the outside" part of Bis' boxcutter track.
With no reply from Bis' Eminem continued to diss him, A track from Xzibit's album 'Man Vs Machine' called 'My Name' Eminem spits the line "I'd rather have my mothafucking ass whooped by Moby/'fore I let some bitch in a can like Bis cop over me". November 19th 2002 Canibus dropped his 4th release 'MicClub: The Curriculum' almost out of the blue. Two of the tracks on the album had Eminem references. 'Dr C PhD' was aimed mainly at Eminem. Nearing the end of the track gives it away "to tell you the truth, I thought your rebuttal was weak/round the outside, blah, blah, etceteras, etceteras/the body of my literature is bigger than South America/nigga look, this is all I gots to say/suck my P-H-D-I-C-K". Then came the banger of the album 'Curriculum 101' where Bis spits "Anybody better than Bis must be a hoax/Black man NO/what about the great white hope? /What? Man you must be sniffing' some great white coke/Don't you that's like Gary Coleman fighting' the hulk/Still not even quite that close/A great mic fight in ya rubber dingy boat 50 miles out from the coast/What the fuck is the MATHERS with you/I beat you black and blue, then I get a tat of you too/Better yet I put a tattoo of me on you/A 10 by 10 "C" logo, neon blue".
Canibus has been on a few radio stations giving Eminem props for his lyrical ability (but is he better than RTJ? (Rip the Jacker) Fuck No!), and also the latest Eminem diss track to Benzino 'Nail in the coffin' sounds like it could be giving Canibus some props too. "Life's a bitch ain't it Raymond/Here, let me break it this shit down in laymen's Terms for you just to make sure that you can Understand this/And Canibus ain't using too many complicated fucking words for you/Here, let me slow it down for you So that you can understand if I say it slower/Let it go dog it's over".
On Canibus' latest Mixtape entitled 'The Brainstream' Canibus has touched on the beef subject "But I heard him call my name a couple times, in a couple of his rhymes and I thought about it a couple of times/Is he lookin for a response or is he being a jerk? Or am I just to involved in my work?
I thought to myself, "why he put my name in his verse"? When he said I wasnt ill he just made things worse"
Eminem Vs Ja Rule Beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule has been brewing for a good few years now. Some of you may have heard about the physical squabbles, one involving 50 punching Ja and another with Ja's crew stabbing 50 and a friend of his. Ever since 50 Cent has served Ja Rule on wax, with such songs as "Your Life is on the Line" where 50 imitates Ja's yelling of "Murdaaaa" in the hook and "Get Out the Club" which specifically mentions the incident at the club..."You come 15 niggas, 10 knives, and I leave with 4 stitches, that ain't assault, that's an insult".
When 50 Cent signed to Shady/Aftermath Records, Ja Rule and Irv Gotti seem to have a problem with Dr. Dre and Eminem for signing an artist that they have beef with. On Tuesday, November 19, both Ja Rule and Irv Gotti were special guests on Star and Bucwild's morning show on Hot 97 NYC. Irv Gotti had some 'legal documents' stating the order of protection 50 'has on him'. Ja Rule yelled out "gay gay gay gay u - nit" mimicking the way 50 did "g-g-g-g-u-nit" in the beginning of the "Till I Collapse" freestyle (On the 8 Mile soundtracks bonus disk titled "Aftermath Sampler").
Ja Rule then threatened Eminem and Dr Dre, that if they allowed 50 Cent to release a diss track towards him or Muder Inc. that Ja Rule would take action against Eminem and Dre.
Busta Rhymes then joined in on the beef by appearing on the track 'Hail Mary 2003' with 50 Cent and Eminem, which basically describes how Ja Rule is a fake/wannabe 2Pac. The beef even extended to artists such as Nas who when asked who he was backing in the beef, he chose Ja Rule, who in turn dissed Nas leaving Nas screwed on both sides of the beef.
The Shady Records crew then released "Body Guard" a.k.a "Shit Hits the Fan" which was put on Obie Trice's debut album, Cheers and in return, Ja Rule released the diss "Loose Change" which includes the lyrics: "Em you claim your motha's a crack head, Kim's a known slut, so whats Hailie gonna be when she grow's up?".
Eminem Vs Jermaine Dupri This was mainly a beef between Dr Dre and Jermaine Dupri, but Eminem decided to stick up for Dre, and along with Xzibit, joined the beef against J.D. It all started when Jermaine Dupri claimed that he was the best producer in the game, claiming he was better than Dre and Timbaland during an interview with XXL magazine. Dr Dre retaliated in the B-Side of Eminems Without Me single, 'Say what you say' saying: "Been here longer than anyone in the game And I ain't got to lie about my age (But what about Jermaine?) Fuck Jermaine! He don't belong speakin mine or Timbaland's name And don't think, I don't read your lil' interviews, and see what you're sayin I'm a giant, and I ain't gotta move 'til I'm provoked When I see you I'ma step on you and not even know it You midget, Mini-Me with a bunch of little Mini-Yous runnin around your backyard swimmin pools Over 80 million records sold And I ain't have to do it with ten or eleven-year-olds."
Eminem and Xzibit dropped a freestyle going at the SoSo producer/rapper which appeared on the DJ KaySlay mixtape titled "Say What You Say".
Eminem Vs Nelly This feud is relatively old. Nelly started it when he appeared on MTV's "Total Request Live". He sent out a number of disses and seemingly violent comments towards Eminem, reiterating his dislike for the Detroit Playa. Nelly said that Eminem was talking about him behind his back, or so he had heard. He then proceeded to say that Shady better not go on tour in St. Louis, (Nelly's hometown,) because the St. Lunatics would would make short work of them. He even goes on to say, that he "Eats m&ms". Eminem replied to Nelly's disses by releasing a song called "Detroit Grammar". However, I have also been told via an e-mail that Nelly phoned to apologize to Eminem after saying he eats M&M's, and this is the most likely reason for this beef stopping.
Eminem Vs Royce Da 5'9" Once good friends Eminem and Royce were teamed together on Tommy Boy records under the name of Bad Meets Evil. The team recorded such Hip-Hop classics as the Slim Shady LP track, Bad Meets Evil, and also Scary Movies and The One. The beef all started on DJ Butter's track "Don't try this at home", which was a compilation of D12 and D-Elite. In this song Bizarre of D12 dissed Royce. After hearing this Royce wrote a diss record mainly to Bizarre called "Shit On You", obviously over the beat of D12's "Shit On You" but never released it as he didn't want to start a feud with D12.
After a while, Eminem and Royce were starting to part ways and not talking so much. In a recent interview Royce was asked "Who do you think if ruining rap right now? Or who would you say is whack or want to start a beef with anytime soon?". To this Royce replied "D12" and calling them "the worst fucking rap group ever".
D12 heard this remark from Royce and considered it a challenge. At the 50 Cent release party in Detroit, D12 had recorded a mix tape to give it for free to the hardcore fans. The first track was titled "Smackdown" and started the CD with the Royce interview in which he called them out. The track went into a full out diss record over the beat of 50 Cent "Backdown". However, Eminem did not appear in any of these D12 tracks, it was only the 5 other members.
After hearing this Royce went to his local radio station for an Interview claiming he's going to be coming back much harder 3 times. While there they played the, at the time unheard, Shit On You diss to Bizarre. Over the next few days Royce lived up to his word and released all 3 tracks, "Malcolm X", which is a diss to all of D12, "What We Do", also a diss to D12, and finally "We Riding", a full track directed straight towards Eminem. Each track coming harder then the last. Although We Ridin is a track directed at Eminem, it is not a full force diss track, it is merely Royce's feelings about Eminem put on wax.
After these tracks D12 had clearly been shown up. Proof being the ring leader of D12 did a remake of 50 Cents "Many Men" and released it. The track was judged by many as an awful attempt at dissing Royce. Shortly after Proof returned again with his Detroit group "Purple Gang" and recorded a much harder diss track titled "The Beef Is Over". This was the last diss record that was released.
After all this, Royce and Proof were still exchanging threats and such and decided to end it for good, by meeting in Detroit, just the two of them. When met up, Royce and Proof went at it and were both arrested for each carrying a weapon. They both spent a night in the cell together and had a chance to talk it through and solved the beef there that night.
Royce and Proof are even thinking of collaborating again sometime soon, and Eminem is yet to speak on the battle with Royce.
However, even though the beef has apparently been squashed, on D-12's "How Come" song, Eminem's verse seems directed at his former rhyme partner.
"'How Come' is really about everybody," Swift explains. "Whether they rap or don't rap, people can relate to having friends that you fell out with. Everybody had different experiences of things that went on in the past for their verses in the song. It's a from-the-heart type of song. I understand that everybody went through it in their lives at one point in time."
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