Earlier this month, Nick Cannon announced a high-stakes battle rap in which his opponents will each put up $100,000 for the chance to battle the Wild 'N Out host. The battle will take place at the BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 25th. With stars such as Fat Joe and Lil Wayne in the building, everyone's wondering who will answer the call. However, the rapper Cannon wants to respond to his challenge is his long time rival, Eminem.
In an interview with U.K. radio DJ Tim Westwood, Cannon said, “I’m still ready! I’m trying to find him. Where is he? We gonna be out in the States for [the] BET Awards. I’m holding a $100,000 battle — whoever wants it — but it has to be someone who can put up 100 grand.”
Nick Cannon and Eminem have a very long standing rivalry. Eminem fans can recall that Cannon's ex-wife, singer Mariah Carey, was a constant feature in Eminem's songs. Eminem allegedly had a relationship with Carey for six months, which she denied over and over again. In 2002, Eminem released TheEminem Show, which features a song titled Superman. In the song, Eminem says “What you trying be? My new wife? / What, you Mariah? Fly through twice." To top it off, in another one of his songs, When the Music Stops, Eminem raps, "I done came way too far in this game to turn and walk away, and not say what I got to say. What the f*** you take me for a joke? You smokin' crack? Before I do that, I'd beg Mariah to take me back." Carey addressed the rumors on an episode of Larry King Live. She said, "I hung out with him, I spoke to him on the phone. I think I was probably with him a total of four times. And I don’t consider that dating somebody."
The reported feud between Mariah and Eminem continued on for the next seven years. Fast forward to 2009, when Eminem released his album Relapse. In a song titled Bagpipes from Baghdad, Eminem takes his first shot an Mariah's then-husband Nick Cannon. "Nick Cannon, I wish you luck with the f***ing wh***," Eminem rapped. In response, Cannon wrote a long blog (which was later deleted) on his site, expressing his disgust in Eminem. One would think things would escalate at this point; however, there's always quiet before the storm. Eminem respected Cannon for defending his wife and wished the new couple nothing but the best.
Then, Mariah Carey dropped a song of her own, Obsessed, which featured a stalker in Eminem's trademarked hoody. The lyrics went, "Why are you so obsessed with me? Lying that you're sexing me?" Eminem took notice of this and released an entire rebuttal/song called The Warning, in which he threatened to leak evidence of the relationship should Carey continue down this path. The song attacked Cannon as well. Again, Cannon responded and released a song titled, I'm A Slick Rick.
The feud died out after that. Cannon and Carey are in the process of divorcing (though it seems there's some trouble there). However, in January of this year, Cannon took to Twitter to ask Eminem to come on Wild 'N Out, prior to proposing a rap battle. Will we finally see a showdown between the two rivals? In fairness, Cannon has pledged all proceeds of the battle to a charity for children.
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