Following Eminem’s recent Machine Gun Kelly diss track, “Killshot”, it’s crucial to step back and take a look at everybody Slim Shady has attacked in his 20-year career. The list quite literally goes on and on, but here are some of his biggest lyrical victims.
Em came at Pamela way back in 1999, on the track “My Name Is”. He references her alleged domestic abuse from her ex-husband Tommy Lee with the line “Got pissed off and ripped Pamela Lee’s tits off and smacked her so hard I knocked her clothes backwards like Kris Kross”. She was later asked her thoughts on Slim, only to respond “he’s too much trouble”.
Casey Anthony, who was famously acquitted of a first-degree murder charge over her daughter Caylee’s death, was attacked in “Evil Twin”, a track found on 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Em spit out that he was “off the hook like Casey Anthony, hey ho”. She never responded or spoke of the matter, but it sure was both a clever and whimsical line.
George W. Bush
The former United States president was attacked way back in 2004, in the track “Mosh”. Slim was very vocal about his dissatisfaction with Bush, coming directly at him and saying “Fuck Bush, until they bring out troops home”. He never spoke of the diss, but did in fact respond to Kanye’s famous statement “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.
This is probably one of the only times you’ll read about a true response to one of Eminem’s disses. On “Role Model”, Em spat “I bought Cage’s tape, opened it, and dubbed over it”. Cage responded on the track “And So Kiddies”, calling Slim a “bitch lady”. We have to be fair though and realize that was extremely brave, so props to him.
Nick Cannon/Mariah Carey
Eminem’s self-released track “The Warning” attacked the celebrity couple of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, with a multitude of lines regarding “wildin’ out” and how Mariah supposedly was “on my dick”, giving her “something to smile about”. It came in response to Carey’s single “Obsessed”, which denies the allegations that the two were dating.
Here’s another throwback to the 90’s, which took place on the track “Scary Movies”. The line “Bill Clinton, hit this – and you’d better inhale. ‘Cause any MC that chooses to go against me is getting taken advantage of like Monica Lewinsky”. Obviously a reference to his White House scandal, Em has gone at Clinton several more times.
Tyler, the Creator
Eminem’s diss of Tyler, the Creator is the most recent one on this list, which was heard on his newest Kamikaze album. He actually ended up apologizing for this one, considering it was homophobic and insensitive. The line read “Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f****t b*tch”.
Sean Combs was attacked several times by the self-proclaimed Rap God, most notably on “Marshall Mathers” way back in 2000. Eminem was openly against the flashier side of the rap game, something that Diddy was a part of. “Is it because you love me that y’all expect so much of me? You little groupie bitch, get off me, go fuck Puffy,” explains it all.
A few months after this diss the pop star tweeted that Em “is a living legend”, so it is fair to say she didn’t take it too harshly. On “Underground”, he rapped “Hannah Montana, prepare to elope with a can opener and be cut open like a cantaloupe on canopy beds”. Clever line, but rather obtusely morbid.
Dre didn’t really come under fire with these lines, considering they are one of the most legendary hip-hop tandems ever, but he still was used by Em for material. On “The Real Slim Shady”, we hear that “Dr. Dre said… nothing you idiots, Dr. Dre’s dead, he’s locked in my basement”! Regardless, the duo have been brothers ever since Dre signed him way back in 1998.
This line was just flat out disrespectful towards the legendary producer, which was heard on the 2002 track “Say What You Say”. Dupri responded by telling Em that nobody takes him seriously, but it’s hard to when his lines are so funny. “It gets no better than this—amateurs drink veteran piss from a Dixie cup if you ever mix me up or confuse me with a Canibus or Dre with a Dupri.”
The fact that Mathers went after a mogul such as Lauryn Hill shows just how absurdly ballsy he can be. Em said he was “dumb enough to walk in a store and steal, so I’m dumb enough to ask for a date with Lauryn Hill”. This was potentially a response to the rumor that Hill said she’d “rather have my children starve than have white people buy my albums”. She denied it, but maybe Slim thought otherwise.
Insane Clown Posse
The entire “Marshall Mathers” track just attacked a multitude of people, so we’ll revisit it. Em rapped “I was put here to put fear in f*****s who spray Faygo Root Beer and call themselves ‘Clowns’ cause they look queer”. He famously beefed with the Posse duo, who shot back several times at him throughout the years. Perhaps their most famous clapback was “Nuttin’ But a Bitch Thang”, which opens up by painting a vivid picture of Eminem and Dr. Dre having sex.
MJ himself was reportedly “very disappointed” with the lines heard on Encore’s “Just Lose It”. Addressing Jackson’s child sex abuse allegations, it went right at him. It’s so direct that there is really no need to explain it. Just read… “Come here little kiddies, on my lap. Guess who’s back with a brand new rap, and I don’t mean ‘rap’ as in a new case of child molestation accusate… I done touched on everything but little boys. And that’s not a stab at Michael…”
This quite offensive and pungently repulsive line never really got a response from Lady Gaga, although the public didn’t take it too well. On “A Kiss”, Eminem took a harsh jab. He instructed listeners to “tell Lady Gaga she can quit her job at the post office, she’ still a male lady”. Although the two haven’t had many public issues, it’s hard to believe there isn’t some beef between them.
The hit “We Made You” was practically a comedy song, with its light-hearted mood and various puns. In fact, Lohan is still a fan of Eminem to this day and has posted pictures while listening to his music a multitude of time despite getting a bomb dropped on her. “He does not mean to lesbian offend, but Lindsay, please come back to seeing men,” clearly referenced her relationship with Samantha Ronson.
Mayer never responded to this jab, but was probably more focused on keeping his relationship up with the lady mentioned in the line. It also came on “We Made You”, and read as follows: “Little did I mention that Jennifer’s in love with me John Mayer, so sit on the bench”. Clever yet hurtful, two recurring themes Eminem has built a career off of.
Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian
This shot came right at the famous couple, and was heard on the 2013 track “Berzerk”. No doubt a cheap shot, it never warranted any further responses from either party. At the same time it is rather disturbing, as it references the time his daughter found him passed out in his car. “All I know is, I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo with the ugly Kardashian – Lamar, oh, sorry yo, we done both set the bar low”.
Lil Pump/Lil Xan
This is another one of the newest shots taken, coming off his newest album. It’s straight and to the point, with a hard flow coming as “Lil Pump, Lil Xan imitate Lil Wayne”. Pump apparently came out and said he deserved the diss, which might seem soft but is pretty smart considering Em will never lose a rap battle.
You’d think coming at such a legendary and innocent figure would hurt one’s reputation, but it’s something that made him even bigger. It came way back in 2000, and was a hard shot at himself and Elvis. “Though I’m not the first king of controversy, I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley to do black music so selfishly and use it to get myself wealthy”.
In a direct shot at the Steelers’ quarterback’s reported sexual assault of a college girl in a bathroom, Eminem rapped “I’d rather turn this club into a bar room brawl. Ger as rowdy as Roethlisberger in a bathroom stall”. It came on a 2010 leaked freestyle, and there has been no interactions between the pair since.
This one isn’t really a lyrical diss but more-so a visual one. In the “We Made You” music video, an unflattering Simpson lookalike sang the chorus for her. Eminem quoted as her weight being an issue when recording the video, and said “Jessica got fat”. She apparently got upset about the final version, but was understanding as Em took shots at everybody.
He didn’t hold back one bit with this line, also found on “Marshall Mathers”. Slim Shady has attacked Britney for years, with this one essentially kick-starting it all. “These fucking brats can’t sing and Britney’s garbage. What’s this bitch, retarded? Give me back my sixteen dollars,” really lets his feelings about her music be heard.
Slim has been extremely vocal about his hatred for the newest president and devoted an entire track towards him as his 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards cipher. He also came at him on his newest hit “The Ringer”, with the line “ Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him”. Eminem confirmed the truth behind the line just a few days ago, and at this point, Trump hasn’t responded. For his own sake, let’s hope he doesn’t because there’s no doubt that Slim would be quick to send shots back and further express his feelings.
Once more heard on “Marshall Mathers”, Eminem accuses Vanilla Ice of copying his flow and style (“Vanilla Ice don’t like me – said some shit in Vibe to spite me, then went and dyed his hair just like me,”). Whether it’s true or not, Em has gone at him several times including on a line from “Just Don’t Give A Fuck”. Through it all, he has never responded and even said “I don’t have any hate on him”.
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