Nick Cannon and Eminem have been flinging verbal attacks at one another for the better part of a decade. The entertainment mogul and host of the hit Fox show, The Masked Singer recently explained why he’s kept the beef going for so many years.
“I'm one of those cats that matches energy,” Cannon said in a recent interview in Billboard. “I don't do it – I overdo it. Even in high school, I was a little guy, but if you made fun of me, I was gonna make fun of you, your momma, and that's the same energy of Wild 'N Out.”
He continued, “It was a month of social commentary, but if you've ever heard me speak on this matter, I always give that dude his props as an icon in hip-hop. I think he knows better now. If he keeps talking about me, I'm gonna keep talking back.”
As you may remember, Cannon’s long-standing beef with Eminem was reignited after the “Rap God” rapper took a jab at Cannon in his “Lord Above” verse from Fat Joe’s Family Ties album. In response, Cannon unleashed three diss tracks of his own: “The Invitation,” “Pray for Him,” and “The Invitation: Canceled.”
Despite Cannon’s goading, Eminem refused to engage in the war on wax, even after 50 Cent and incarcerated former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight inserted themselves in the squabble.
In March, Cannon, 39, appeared on 99 Jamz’s Afternoon Get Down radio show where he offered his thoughts on why the man once known as Slim Shady refused to return his fire on wax.
“Everybody was saying, ‘You better not say nothing,’ and I’m like, ‘Why not, nobody’s scared of him.’ Even with 50, ain’t nobody scared of 50 either. I’m like, ‘Let’s go!’ I match energy,” said Cannon, adding “it might have gotten a little too intense for them. But [Eminem is] still welcome to come on my show whenever he wants to get down.”
Eminem, 47, is finding ways to spend his time more constructively. The Detroit native posted a photo of his recovery chip on Instagram, commemorating his 12th year of sobriety. He also celebrated earlier this year with his tenth No. 1 song from his latest album, Music To Be Murdered By.
Read the rest of Nick Cannon’s revealing Billboard interview here.
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