While the beef’s rehashing may appear to be sudden, Em’s bar came in response to Cannon’s recent comments about him on T.I.’s podcast, Expeditiously. Cannon told the Grand Hustle honcho he had sent the Detroit MC a letter warning him to stop mentioning his then-wife, Mariah Carey, after Em issued some scathing words for the R&B songstress on “The Warning.”
Foretelling the potential fallout, Fat Joe issued a pre-emptive warning on Sway in the Morning, too, dubbing the track the album’s “most disrespectful song.” As we all know, Em is never one to mince his words, and sure enough, Em held nothing back in his bars directed at Cannon:
"Word to the Terror Squad, Joe, this is all puns aside though / I know me and Mariah didn't end on a high note," Em rhymes on the track. "But that other dude's whipped, that p***y got him neutered / Tried to tell him this chick's a nut job before he got his jewels clipped / Almost got my caboose kicked, fool, quit, you not gon' do s**t / I let her chop my balls off, too 'fore I lost to you, Nick / I should quit watchin' news clips, yeah / My balls are too big, I should be talkin' pool / 'Cause I got scratches on my pocket, fall when I'm takin' shots at you."
He responded to Em two days later on his eponymous Power 106 radio show where he took a few digs at the Detroit MC’s age. “We gon' call him Cialis. Bring your walker, get out your wheelchair, pop some of whatever you pop,” Cannon said, pondering whether he should even bother going on wax and stating, “It's not worthy of a response!”
Backed by his Ncredible Entertainment squad and some words from former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, no bars were held (literally) as Cannon and his Wild N’ Out crew members Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips and Prince Eazy took turns firing off at Em. Nick dropped a few lines about Em’s family before sending one of the most lethal shots of the track, whicht, alleged that there is video footage showing Em engaged in same-sex X-rated behavior.
Shortly after, Cannon took to Twitter to announce that Em’s lawyers had contacted him about the bold bars.
The battle didn’t last too long before social media’s undefeated king of trolling 50 Cent rushed to the Shady Records’ honcho’s defense via Instagram, however.
“I don’t understand, to save my life, why someone would pick a fight with EM. He is a different kinda animal, I haven’t seen a m**herf**ker come close to beating him man,” Fifty wrote in the post’s caption. “Hey Nick, that s**t was trash. I oughta kick you in yo a** when I see you PUNK!”
Alongside the post was a photo of Eminem with a quote that read, “Believe in restoring the game. Even if it means destroying all the players,” an implied warning that Cannon might want to consider falling back.
It was no match for Cannon to back down from, though, and he responded to Fif with by reposting an image of Samuel L. Jackson’s Uncle Tom-originative character from Django Unchained and tagging the G-Unit leader on it. In the ensuing war of bars, #ripnickcannon also began trending on Twitter as hip-hop heads wait in anticipation of what Em will unleash on wax for Nick next.
“[You] mad bro? Stop lying on my d**k. I never even had a chauffeur, you bougie f**k,” Eminem tweeted late Monday night. “I demand an apology Nicholas, you've made my gardener so jealous!”
While Twitter has already crowned Em the apparent victor, Cannon has assured that he doesn't plan on letting up anytime soon until Eminem responds. Meanwhile, the whole internet has been lit aflame over the reignited beef.
“Eminem is gonna f**k around and diss Nick Cannon over the “All I Want For Xmas” instrumental,” one person commentated.
"I saw #ripnickcannon and was like damn another one but Eminem is just going to whoop his a**,” another wrote.
While we wait to see if Eminem will take his clapback to the studio, check out the best reactions to the feud.
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