E-40 Weighs In On The Eminem Verzuz Busta Rhymes Debate
E-40 says Eminem doesn’t want any smoke with Busta Rhymes.
“Imma keep it one-thou-wow and I love Eminem. I love this guy too to the fullest, and his talent speaks for himself. Busta Rhymes would eat Eminem in a Verzuz battle,” E-40 said in an interview with ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby on Friday (Jan. 28).
“I really believe that,” he continued.
The argument of who would be a good suitor for Em — who is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rapper in his own right — in a Verzuz live stream on Triller has been a non-stop point of conversation since legendary Compton producer Dr. Dre posted a video of the Detroit native giving out bars at lightning speed last Monday (January 24).
“Marshall Mathers vs Who???!!,” the caption read.
Verzuz co-founder and producer extraordinaire, Timbaland, added fuel to the fire, taking the post onto Twitter posing the same question. “@drdre said @Eminem vz who?????? Happy Monday!!!!!!!,” he posted with an alarming amount of “eyes” emojis.
The inquiry ended up going viral, with thousands pouring in their own hot takes of who could match up against the multisyllabic assassin, mostly of other hip hop titans who have a penchant for rapping fast themselves.
The conversation took another turn, however, when the other Verzuz co-founder, Swizz Beats, gave his answer, writing “BUSTA!!!!!!!!!!! Let’s go” in the comment section, effectively narrowing the field down to the two fast-rapping showmen.
The “U and Dat” rapper doesn’t feel like it's the proper match-up, though.
“Busta Rhymes goes crazy, because now it’s turned into a performance type of situation. Busta Rhyme is animated, he got gas, he rap fast, all that. He [does] all that stuff Eminem [does] and Busta Rhymes got uptempo slaps that get the party going. Anytime you [have] uptempo slaps, you’re gonna win,” he said on the sports program.
But who knows, this could all be a promo for Dr. Dre’s Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on Feb. 13 that is expected to have Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and, unironically, Eminem headlining the Los Angeles-based billing.