Over the past few weeks, we’ve been paying close attention to Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s back and forth, but on Friday Em did what we’ve all been waiting for – he responded to MGK’s Rap Devil diss track by dropping one of his own, despite telling Sway a few days earlier during their interview that he’d take his time before firing back at the Cleveland rapper.
In part 3 of his exclusive interview with Sway, Em opened up about meeting Jesse Reyez for the first time, his beef with Tyler the Creator, and the secret service coming to his studio following his BET cipher.
Of all the topics discussed during the interview, the secret service’s interest in Eminem’s lyrics brought a smile to my face.
“They were basically just asking questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself.”
As far as the beef with Tyler the Creator is concerned, I thought it was cool that Sway stood up for Tyler and Odd Future.
“I’m a big fan of Tyler’s you know, and I recently saw him perform. I know the Tyler was a big fan of yours growing up right and uh, I recall you reading about saying some good things about Odd Future out there pushing boundaries years ago.”
Em went on to detail his relationship with Tyler, the reason he dissed him on Kamikaze, and why he felt the diss went too far.
“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far. Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it, and at the time, I was so mad it was just, whatever, but in the midst of everything else that was going on in this album, and the things it took to pull this album together, and all that kind of s–t – It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.'”
In part 4, the final chapter of the Kamikaze Interview, Eminem clarified the ghostwriter diss, his relationship with D12 and his hatred of the Grammys.
As a fan of both Eminem and Sway, it’s disappointing to see the interview come to an end, but on the bright side, it would seem the Eminem-MGK beef is just starting to heat up. Over the weekend, MGK took to social media to let Em know that his diss track, Killshot, was weak and that he wasn’t finished with his former idol turned rival.
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So, what did you think of Eminem’s four-part interview with Sway? Should Eminem continue this beef with MGK, or should he just let it go? Let us know in the comments below.
Where does Eminem rank on our list of greatest rappers of all-time? Continue reading to find out.
The Greatest Rappers Of All Time
15. Lauryn Hill
AKA: L Boogie
Region: East Coast
Resume: The Score (The Fugees) (1996)
Lauryn Hill may be most well known for her multi-platinum 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but her early work with Fugees already had her in contention for the best female rapper of all time. Hailing from South Orange, New Jersey, Hill flirted with acting in the early 90s and landed roles on the TV show As the World Turns and the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit where she showcased her soulful singing skills. She joined the Fugees shortly after and released the albums Blunted on Reality in 1994 and the Grammy Award-winning The Score in 1996.
Lauryn’s ability to sing beautifully, combined with a steady flow of sharply delivered rhymes, makes her a talent the likes of which we’ve never seen before or since. Her wide array of skills are perhaps best displayed with her work on the track “Ready Or Not” where she is not only responsible for one of the 90s most memorable hooks, but also raps with the distinctive flow that has her “defecating on the microphone.” If not for her public breakdown in the late 90s and a subsequent prison stint, Lauryn Hill would most likely have been on track to become the greatest selling female artist of all time.