When the news of a rap beef between Nick Cannon and Eminem began to resurface online, I noted it, but was not intrigued enough to keep up with it.
Nick Cannon, a versatile businessman, as well as a famed actor/comedian in a beef with one of Hip-Hop’s heavyweights? We all guessed it stemmed from their past beef with Cannon’s ex-wife Mariah Carey at the center.
This too shall pass, was more of my thought process behind the matter.
That wasn’t until recently, when Nick Cannon dropped his third diss track to Eminem entitled Invitation: Canceled.
Cannon and Eminem’s beef dates back over a decade. Carey and Eminem reportedly had a fling of some sort, which Carey denies.
Eminem made songs about Carey, with some serious foul and disgusting language, while she was married to Cannon, which put him in a position where he had to respond publicly.
The feud resurfaced recently, when Cannon was a guest on rapper T.I’s Expeditiously podcast, where Cannon spoke of the past beef. Eminem responded in a diss track with Fat Joe, and here we are with Cannon dropping his third diss.
Cannon is using tapes that were released by the Source Magazine in 2003, of Eminem rapping about how Black women are stupid and B**** as a hook for his third diss song.
“Foolish Pride,” which was reportedly recorded in 1993. “Black girls are b—-s, black girls are dumb,” Slim Shady repeats on loop throughout the diss.
“He continues his mission to “cancel” Em with more hateful speech samples from the rapper. “Blacks and whites, they sometimes mix/ But black girls only want your money ’cause they’re dumb chicks/ Don’t date a black girl/ If you do it once, you won’t do it twice/ Black girls are dumb, and white girls are good chicks,” Mathers raps,” (Billboard)
Wild N’ Out Comedian Spanky Hayes shares his insight on how the Cannon x Eminem beef was started. He attributes the initial feud to the fact that Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg did not want Eminem to do Wild N’ Out.
In regards to Cannon’s third diss track, he makes valid points, in terms of the ways Black people solidify whites within the culture who have illustrated a disdain for Black bodies, especially Black women.
The downfall, is that no one will blink an eye, thanks to the fact that Black women have been called far less from our own men for years over wax in Hip-Hop. Is it worse because a white man is doing it? I want accountability from the ways Hip-Hop has labeled Black women the same thing Eminem called us.
Personally, it is triggering for me as a Black woman, to watch someone use us as a pawn in a rap beef. The loop of Eminem calling Black women B*** and stupid on Cannon’s latest diss track is triggering. Point noted, but it was too much.
At this point, Eminem’s position within the world of Hip-Hop is solidified whether we like it or not. Made possible, by Black men who share similar views about Black women. Dr. Dre, who assaulted a Black journalist, as well as 50 Cent, who only seems to respect white folks with power and money.
Let’s find alternate ways to hold those accountable who show disdain for Black America in ways that are not triggering.