Love him or hate him, Eminem is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and while he's not the most public celebrity, he's not afraid to express his feelings and opinions in his lyrics.
His hits have been a constant source of feuds between him and other artists, and occasionally there are some who try to trigger him to gain more exposure for themselves. Even his haters will have to admit that being mentioned on one of his tracks could potentially rocket someone into stardom, especially if it was to escalate into a proper beef. And we gotta admit, those feuds can be really entertaining. We've gathered up just a few of the comments his "enemies" have said about him - and believe it or not, they're not all bad.
20 Nelly Says That Eminem Talks Behind People's Backs
Nelly started the beef when he appeared on MTV's "Total Request Live," making it very clear that he disliked the Detroit rapper. Nelly said he had heard that Eminem was talking behind his back. He then went on to make some thinly-veiled threats, and said that he "Eats M&Ms." Allegedly, Nelly later called Eminem to apologize.
19 Justin Bieber Says Eminem Doesn't Understand New Rap
Ok, so there's no beef between these two stars. Yet. But Bieber has been name-dropped by Eminem, on his "Kick Off" freestyle. Commenting on the Kamikaze opening track, Bieber posted some words on Instagram for Eminem:"I just like Em's flow but don't like that he's dissing new rappers. I like the new generation of rap he just doesn't understand it."
18 Iggy Azalea Says Eminem Is Lazy
After being mentioned in Eminem's 'Killshot' Azaleas took to Twitter to respond. “Diss songs shouldn’t be filled with celebrity name drops to pad out lazy bars." She admitted to having been to his concerts and added sung the words in the crowd, even calling Eminem one of the greatest. Now she feels the name dropping thing has become a crutch and that Em has become lazy.
17 Rick Ross Called Eminem A Monkey And A Honkey
At the height of his feud with 50 Cent, Rick Ross threatened to target Eminem. He also put up a video where he says "Eminem, you're monkey" then calls him a "honkey." Eminem didn't respond, and in an interview with MTV, Ross said: "He's smart. That'll be a gift, a great Christmas present for me." He then followed that by practically begging Em to do make a record with him.
16 Christina Aguilera Says Eminem Is Thirsty For Attention
After sparking a feud with 'Hi, My Name Is', Eminem brought Aguilera up again in a 2018 freestyle entitled "Kick Off." When asked about it, Christina described Eminem as "thirsty" for attention and seemingly running out of ideas. She also said it's not nice to go after anybody, especially a female, and told him to get a new gig.
15 Nick Cannon Thinks He Can Whoop Eminem's Butt
Mariah Carey's then-husband Nick Cannon was pulled into the battle between her and Eminem. Cannon has said he went looking for him and called managers to show his wife he's a man. His exact words of the time were: "I know I'm not gonna be able to out rap you but I will whoop your a**." Cooler heads prevailed, and now all parties have moved on.
14 Machine Gun Kelly Says Eminem's Music Puts People To Sleep
During a concert in Australia, Em didn't give in to the crowd's repeated demands that he perform the "Killshot" diss track to avoid giving MGK any more attention. Once Kelly got wind of it, he took to Twitter to troll Eminem: "Ay Eminem u made the right decision not dropping that weak a** song in concert and putting everyone to sleep. #RapDevil."
13 Everlast Is Glad They Never Got Into A Fist Fight
Everlast said: "We met, and there was an ill vibe, and it just … and we did what rappers do. We talked some sh*t. That’s really all it was.” He also said that if he'd met Eminem during their beef, a physical confrontation might’ve happened, but fortunately, it didn’t. That feud got squashed, and Eminem seemingly gave a shout out to Everlast on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 song entitled "Baby."
12 DJ Lethal Said Everlast Could Beat Up Eminem
Lethal, who was buddies with Everlast from House of Pain, was also friends with Eminem. Allegedly, Limp Bizkit wanted to take Eminem's side in the feud and appear on a track - but they backed out. In an interview, Lethal then said: "They're both men, they'll work it out." He then said if the two were to get physical, "Everlast would definitely win, you know what I mean?"
11 Cage Said That Eminem's Slim Shady Persona Is A Rip-Off
When Eminem gained underground notoriety after The Slim Shady EP was released, Cage, an underground New York rapper, claimed that Eminem had copied his style and lyrics for his "Slim Shady" persona. This was followed by a bunch of disses thrown back and forth between the two. The feud was a long time ago and has been inactive for years.
10 Benzino Said That Eminem Doesn't Represent The Culture
Benzino attacked Eminem's street cred, even if Eminem has never claimed to "represent the streets." Benzino also accused him of being a "tool of the music industry" - claiming Eminem was brought in to sell albums to white kids - and that Em is not a representation of the hip hop culture.
9 Insane Clown Posse Don't Think That Eminem Deserves To Be Called One Of The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
Detroit natives Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J said they respect what Eminem has achieved in his career, but they don't think he deserves to be called one of the best rappers of all-time. "He's got skills, but to me, it just sounds repetitive and whatnot." They also said everyone involved in the feud is grown up now... and then added that ICP's relationship with Slim Shady is still "not cool."
8 Moby Doesn't Understand Why Eminem Has So Much Anger Towards Him
Apparently, the feud between Moby and Eminem started at the 2001's Grammy's, when Moby called Eminem ''a misogynist, a homophobe, a racist, and an anti-Semite.'' Eminem responded with a few lines in 'Without Me'. Moby replied, ''I think that Eminem is talented and interesting, but I'm kind of stunned at the anger that he has for me seeing as I'd never met him up until the VMAs.''
7 Lord Jamar Says That Eminem Wears Blackface
Lord Jamart posted photos that appear to be from Eminem's remote appearance at the 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards, depicting Eminem wearing what fans say is a Will Smith mask. While the mask doesn't resemble traditional Blackface, that didn't stop Jamar: "If it is a Will Smith mask, what gives this whiteboy the right to wear it? If it’s no problem then why have these pics been hidden up until now?"
6 Lord Jamar Also Said Black People Don't Listen To Eminem
The Brand Nubian member made an appearance on Vlad TV where he stated that black people don’t listen to Eminem and that Em is just a guest in the house of hip hop. He later took to social media and said: "Does the hood listen to Eminem? In general, black people don’t listen to Eminem. It’s not a diss, it’s a fact."
5 Lord Jamar Also Thinks That He Got In Eminem's Psyche
Responding to Eminem's 'Fall' Lord Jamar said he wanted that to happen. Jamar compared the feud to chess and said "If Eminem didn't respond, I win. And if he responds, I win. Either way, I win, okay? He's now doing what I wanted him to do. I have made him modify his behavior. I got into his psyche."
4 MGK Wants Us To Pour Some Out For This Old Dumb***
Commenting on "Killshot," Kelly doesn't seem impressed. He asked if Eminem really wants to talk about man buns, emphasizing that it was a hairstyle MGK wore for a blockbuster movie. He then followed up with: "I'm an actor, homie. How disconnected are you? You called me a mumble rapper? Oh my god. Can we just pour some out for this old dumb***?"
3 Gucci Mane Says You Need A Better Name Than Eminem For The GOAT Conversation
The Evil Genius rapper Gucci Mane questioned Eminem's claim to the "King of Rap" title on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. The main reason he thinks Em should take off his crown is that he doesn't really see people playing Eminem in their day-to-day lives. "You got to come up with a better name. I ain't playing Eminem in my car. You playing him in yours?" Mane laughed.
2 Die Antwoord Says Eminem Is Slipping
Responding to being mentioned on Kamikaze, the South African duo said the Detroit rapper was "slipping" and "used to rap better on drugs", before adding "the kids aren’t feeling your rhymes or your botox." They ended the video ended with telling Eminem to "put that cool s**t from Detroit back on the map again”... and then chanted "E-M-I-N-E-M R-I-P".
1 Mariah Carey Refuses To Acknowledge Eminem's Existence
The singer was on Watch What Happens Live when Host Andy Cohen asked her to say three nice things about Eminem. Carey sarcastically answered: "They come in a package you can carry anywhere, people love them around the world, and they're tasty." Clearly, she refused to talk about Eminem, ignoring his existence altogether, and focused on M&Ms instead - which could be the best tactic.
Sources: HipHop DX, Eminem Lab, Uproxx, Billboard, Ballerstatus, Fandom, Mlive, Complex, XXL