A History of Eminem's Beefs, From Machine Gun Kelly & Mariah Carey to Joe Budden & Ja Rule


Eminem has gotten into an attention-grabbing conflict  phrases just lately with Machine Gun Kelly, which has reignited the meat between the 2 rappers. On his just lately launched Kamikaze, Eminem fired a number of disses at Kelly in response to the photographs the Cleveland rapper has thrown over time. MGK answered swiftly with the reducing “Rap Devil,” impressing listeners along with his formidable response. And after making followers wait practically two weeks, Eminem clapped again on Friday (Sept. 14) with “KILLSHOT,” leaving followers divided between the 2 rappers.

In his 20-year profession, Eminem has taken half in a quantity beefs, which ten discovered him poking enjoyable at pop stars and battling a range rappers in memorable lyrical clashes. Not solely does Marshall excel at writing bars, however he's distinctive at confrontations as properly, which isn't a shock given the way in which he got here up. Born from the battle rap tradition, Em is correct at residence on the subject of participating in a lyrical skirmish — it’s the place he shines. As many have stepped into the ring with the precocious wordsmith, Em has broken careers and embarrassed rather a lot individuals with nobody actually placing a dent in sturdy physique armor.

From confrontations with Christina Aguilera to Ja Rule  and Limp Bizkit, Eminem has one probably the most prolific, and eclectic, checklist beefs in popular culture. As we anticipate the following spherical within the battle between Eminem and MGK, Billboard takes a have a look at all of the beefs Slim Shady has discovered himself in over time.


Christina Aguilera

In 1999, Eminem married his longtime girlfriend Kim Mathers after years slinging violent lyrics about her on his earlier work. Em tried to maintain the union a secret, however throughout her MTV particular What A Girl Wants, Aguilera leaked the data whereas additionally warning girls concerning the penalties bodily violence in a relationship. After discovering out Aguilera spilled the beans on his non-public second, Em put his frustrations on wax dissing Aguilera for her rumored trysts with former TRL host, Carson Daly and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

On “The Real Slim Shady,” Eminem unfold rumors his personal, claiming Aguilera gave him an STD throughout their encounter. Aguilera’s camp disproved the rumors whereas Aguilera launched a diss file her personal entitled “The Real Slim Shady (Please Shut Up)."  The file gained little traction however the two buried the hatchet with a hug backstage on the 2002 MTV VMAs.


Prior to the discharge The Slim Shady LP, underground rapper Cage claimed Eminem copied all the things from his fashion right down to his lyrics. Eminem wasted no time in dissing the rapper as he took photographs on “Role Model” f The Slim Shady LP. Em continued dragging Cage as he dissed him on “Drastic Measures” and on a Tony Touch mixtape freestyle.

Cage responded on the track “And So Kiddies,” the place he talked about Eminem’s rhyming expertise and referred to Slim Shady as a “b—h woman.” Cage saved the insults occurring a number of songs but it surely wasn’t sufficient as Em’s profession skyrocketed and his beef with Cage was quickly forgotten.



The beef between Eminem and Everlast began for probably the most petty causes. Everlast wasn’t happy when Eminem ignored him backstage at a live performance again in 1999, so he went and dropped a couple of bars on Em and his daughter Hailie on the remix to “Ear Drums Pop” by Dilated Peoples. Em caught wind the track and unleashed an onslaught disses aimed on the former House Pain frontman. One diss specifically (“I Remember”) options Em ridiculing Everlast’s coronary heart troubles and his age.

Everlast replied with “Whitey’s Revenge” the place he pulled no punches. He talked about taking care of Kim and Hailie as soon as Em was despatched to jail because of the assault fees he was dealing with on the time and even questioned Em’s sexuality. Eminem would reply one final time on “Quitter” the place Em ridiculed Everlast’s profession and transition into “nation western rap.” The scathing diss ended the feud as Everlast by no means recovered from the Em’s lyrical firestorm.

Insane Clown Posse

Eminem’s feud with Insane Clown Posse started in 1995 when the Kamikaze rapper falsely marketed that the group would make an look on the launch celebration for The Slim Shady EP. The group denied any involvement with the celebration, with Violent J allegedly telling Eminem “fuck that!” The disparaging response triggered Eminem to diss the duo on a number of songs, together with “Get U Mad,” “Till Hell Freezes Over,” and “Marshall Mathers.”

ICP would reply with a couple of disses their very own over time. They derided Em’s relationship with Dr. Dre on “Nuttin’ But a Bitch Thang” and made a mockery his single “My Name Is” on their rendition “Slim Anus.” The beef wasn’t resolved till 2005 when Violent J revealed the late Pro squashed it over a bowling recreation between ICP and Em's crew D12, although Marshall was not capable of attend the Detroit 10-pin summit.


After Eminem had some selection phrases for The Source journal and it’s co-founder Benzino for giving The Marshall Mathers LP a measly two mics out 5, the meat between the 2 would turn into one probably the most talked about feuds within the early 2000s. Benzino kicked issues f with a sequence diss tracks that pushed Eminem to reply with “ The Sauce.” Following Em’s response issues started to spiral out management as each events traded jabs for a lot the early 2000s.

The beef hit its apex when Benzino launched “Pull Your Skirt Up” calling Eminem the “2003 Vanilla Ice” and claiming he birthed Em’s profession after that includes him within the Unsigned Hype column in The Source again in 1998. Eminem clapped again swiftly with one the very best diss information all time, “Nail within the Cfin” by which he eviscerated Benzino on a quantity issues together with his age, the his pseudo gangsta persona, and shady enterprise practices. The beef didn’t get any higher when Benzino used his personal journal to smear Eminem and launched “Die Another Day” the place the Boston rapper threatened Eminem’s daughter Hailie. The beef hit its breaking level when Benzino obtained his arms on a file titled “Foolish Pride” that featured Eminem utilizing racist remarks towards black girls. The “Rock the Party” rapper launched the track on The Source’s web site and printed the lyrics within the journal.

The track can be a darkish spot for Eminem as he was compelled to talk on its contents in a press release. Slim Shady defined that the track was made consequently a foul breakup he skilled when he was 15. “The tape they performed at this time was one thing I made out anger, stupidity and frustration after I was a teen. I'd simply damaged up with my girlfriend, who was African-American, and I reacted just like the indignant, silly child I used to be,” Eminem mentioned within the assertion. Eminem was forgiven and Benzino by no means recovered consequently the meat and his questionable editorial practices. The Source parted methods with Benzino in 2005, leaving a legacy the as soon as iconic journal has but to bounce again from. The beef was by no means resolved regardless of Benzino admitting in 2012 he was fallacious for some issues he mentioned with reference to Eminem’s household.   


In the early ‘90s Eminem and Canibus shared many similarities as their rap careers started to blossom. While Em laid waste to the underground circuit, Canibus was making noise his personal stellar visitor appearances on tracks with Slick Rick, The Firm, and Common. Unfortunately, Canibus’ crowning second was his beef with LL Cool J, as his self-titled debut album was a crucial and industrial failure. The motive for the meat with Marshall was odd, as Canibus — within the center his battle with LL Cool J — obtained a tip from his mentor Wyclef Jean that Em could have ghostwritten LL's “The Ripper Strikes Back” response.

In an interview with Tim Westwood, Em says he met with Canibus to disclaim the rumor, however Canibus wasn’t having it as he left the dialog earlier than Em may end. What adopted was a sequence idea disses from Canibus rapping from the attitude Eminem’s character Stan. Eminem responded with “Can-I-Bitch” the place he mocked Canibus for his low album gross sales, his gritty voice, his nationality, and even calling him “Marshall Mathers’ sister.” Canibus would proceed the “beef” with a number of extra advanced references to Eminem in his music, however he barely obtained any consideration because the harm was finished as a consequence of his low album gross sales.


Ja Rule

Eminem discovered himself within the center 50 Cent and Ja Rule’s ugly beef when he signed the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper to his Shady Records imprint in 2002. What began as an area beef between two Queens natives rapidly became an all-out conflict between file labels. Em performed a minor position within the beef till Ja Rule talked about his daughter Hailie on the finish “Loose Change,” rapping “Em, you declare your mom's a crackhead and Kim is a recognized slut/ So what's Hailie gon' be when she grows up?" If there’s something to remove from these beefs it’s to not point out Eminem’s daughter. In true Eminem style, The Slim Shady LP rapper went for the jugular on “Doe Rae Me (Hailie’s Revenge),” “Bully,” and “Hail Mary.” The beef helped speed up the downward trajectory  Ja Rule’s profession with the next decline Murder Inc following shortly after.

On the 2004 single "Like Toy Soldiers," Eminem goes into element concerning the beef reflecting on the pyrrhic victory. “And though the battle was received, I really feel like we misplaced it/ I spent a lot power on it, truthfully I'm exhausted/ And I'm so caught in it, I nearly really feel I'm the one who triggered it,” Em raps.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

Throughout his profession Eminem had made references to an alleged relationship he had with Mariah Carey means again in 2001. His fourth studio album, The Eminem Show, contained a number of references to the alleged pairing, however Carey has denied the connection quite a few instances. Things obtained hectic after Carey married Cannon in 2008, when Eminem unleashed “Bagpipes From Baghdad.” On the track, Slim Shady wastes no time expressing his lust for Mariah whereas dissing her and Cannon within the course of. Mariah responded with “Obsessed” — a track with an accompanying video that portrays Mariah being stalked by an Eminem look-alike.

The transfer angered Em and fueled him to launch his diatribe towards the couple titled “The Warning.” Cannon defended his ex-wife and took to his weblog to jot down a prolonged publish about “Miss Marshall.” The Wild’n Out star accused Em racial bigotry and seemingly vowed revenge on Em joking that the Encore rapper had tainted his legacy and can be generally known as “the rapper who misplaced to corny-ass Nick Cannon!” Soon after, Cannon deleted the publish and the meat got here to an swift finish.

Limp Bizkit

The members Limp Bizkit and Eminem have been truly associates at one level. That is, till the band’s DJ, Lethal, mentioned Everlast — his former House Pain band mate — would beat Eminem in a combat on MTV’s TRL. Em didn’t respect this act betrayal, so he launched the prane “Girls,” a verbal assault on each member Limp Bizkit. He rapped concerning the violent acts he needed to commit towards the band, whereas additionally calling them st for backing out his feud with Everlast. The animosity between the 2 acts by no means actually settled regardless of Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst praising Recovery on Twitter.


At the 2001 Grammys, digital musician and producer Moby known as Eminem misogynistic, homophobic and anti-Semitic. Of course Em didn’t take the feedback too flippantly, so he dissed Moby on “Without Me” ridiculing his age and threatening to have his former protege Obie Trice assault the vegan digital musician. It obtained to a degree the place Em challenged Moby to a combat on the 2002 MTV VMAs, however Moby was unphased.

In the interviews following the present, Moby praised Eminem for his expertise, however was shocked at how indignant he was provided that they by no means met previous to the VMAs. He even identified Em’s contradictions in utilizing homophobic slurs whereas telling Moby to “blow him” and wrote a publish about how troubled he was by Em’s glorification homophobia and misogyny given his affect on America’s youth. The two by no means resolved their variations however Moby did applaud Eminem for his track “Mosh,” admiring the robust lyrics and placing visuals.

Will Smith

Smith beat Eminem for the very best male video class award on the 1999 MTV VMAs. In his acceptance speech, Smith made a notice that he doesn’t have to make use of pranity or threaten individuals to promote information. Em felt Smith was taking a jab at him and anybody who used pranity to specific themselves, so he known as out the rapper-turned-movie-superstar and his good man picture on “Without Me.” Smith wouldn’t reply till six years later with a easy, lowkey diss on “Mr. Nice Guy” rapping, “Dissed by Eminem however didn't trouble him/ Yup properly he elegant/ Big Will simply did one other 20 mill', stroll proper previous E/ I'm a pleasant man, why y'all harassin me, huh?”

Joe Budden

Eminem’s issues with Budden go again to the discharge Em’s ninth studio album, Revival. When he was a component Complex’s Everyday Struggle, Budden closely criticized Em’s ninth studio album, calling it trash and denouncing the heavy pop options and rock-inspired manufacturing on the Complex present and on his podcast. Despite a couple of subliminal photographs on Em’s remix to “Chloraseptic,” the meat obtained critical as soon as Eminem dissed the Mood Muzik rapper instantly on “Fall.”

On the Kamikaze observe, Em dissed Joe for his lack hit information and his points with home violence prior to now. Budden issued his response on his podcast holding nothing again. "Let me inform you what Joe Budden has thought this complete time," Budden says within the three-hour podcast. "I've been higher than you this complete fucking decade! In my rapper mind, I'm a content material n—a. You gotta say one thing! You haven’t mentioned something for the higher half an entire fucking decade," he continued. He additionally warned Eminem to not check him on the mic saying, "I do know you don't learn about me, you higher go ask some n—as near you, I reside for this kind shit." Following Em’s response to MGK on “KILLSHOT,” Budden took to Twitter to assert Eminem is afraid him, proving that the meat is lengthy from over.

Machine Gun Kelly

Again, if there’s something to remove from this, it’s that you just don’t point out Eminem’s daughter. MGK missed the memo as he as soon as referred to Hailie as “scorching as fuck” on Twitter. Over the years, MGK claimed the eight Mile rapper allegedly performed a component in having sure media shops ban his music as a result of the tweet and he even talked about it on an LA Leakers freestyle in 2017. Eminem would then diss MGK on “Not Alike,” poking enjoyable at his lyrics and difficult man persona. MGK shocked everybody by releasing “Rap Devil,” a full blown diss file aimed on the Rap God, on whihc he made quite a few claims, together with Eminem allegedly asking Diddy to hamper MGK’s profession.

The formidable response left individuals impressed on social media, with some believing MGK got here out with the win within the first spherical. Eminem spoke to Sway about his points with MGK, explaining that he dissed him as a result of MGK thought Eminem was making an attempt to harm his profession. "I don't give a fuck about your profession. You assume I truly fuckin' take into consideration you?" em mentioned. "You know what number of fuckin' rappers which might be higher than you? You're not even within the fuckin' dialog.” He additionally admitted to Sway that he was caught able eager to “destroy” MGK however not eager to make him any extra common.

Following the interview, Eminem dropped his response to MGK titled “Killshot,” by which Em dissed MGK about his man bun, his lack industrial success, and even dragging MGK’s ex, Halsey, into the combination. MGK took to Twitter to name the track trash whereas selling his new EP Binge, scheduled for launch on Friday (Sept. 21).