Inspired by Ajay’s HITNL feature a few weeks back, up this week we have a bit of a cross-over beef between hip-hop fans-favourite Eminem, rapcore-rock band Limp Bizkit and House of Pain/La Coka Nosta spearhead, Everlast.
Although there are two alternative stories to how Eminem and Everlast’s beef started, it all stems from Em ignoring/not recognising Everlast at a concert back in 1999…
Taking offence, Everlast shot out at Eminem on Dilated Peoples’ Ear Drums Pop (Remix) rhyming “I buck a .380 on ones that act shady” and “You might catch a beatdown now where I come from”.
Eminem then released I Remember (Tribute To Whitey Ford) on the B-Side of D12’s I Shit On You which takes jabs at Everlast’s failing career.
Everlast responded with the out-of-line Whitey’s Revenge which addressed issues surrounding Em’s mother and Hailie. “Better run and check your kid for your DNA”. (A mistake Ja Rule later went on to replicate resulting in Em’s wrath on Bump Heads with 50/Busta)
In similar fashion Eminem responded with Quitter, where he warns Everlast of calling out his daughter. Quitter ends with Shady stating he is done with Everlast signalling an ending to the feud.
Simultaneously to all this runs Em’s beef with Limp Bizkit. Bizkit used to tour with Eminem (Up In Smoke and Anger Management tour) and became aware Em’s feud with Everlast was gaining momentum. Fred Durst and DJ Lethal seemed keen to jump on a diss (which turned out to be Quitter) aimed at Everlast. Em set up the studio time in LA only for neither Durst or Lethal not to turn up. (Durst claimed he was ill, whilst Lethal was still cool with Everlast from his House of Pain days). Em figured he would drop their names into the record anyway to strengthen the track’s credibility. The next thing Em knows is DJ Lethal is on TRL stating that toe to toe, Everlast would sort Em out in a fight.
Roll on Girls, a diss track specifically aimed towards Limp Bizkit. Nine years later and they are still to respond…
Beef Winner: Eminem. Although Everlast drops some nice lines on Whitey’s Revenge (“I take care of my moms, y’all get sued by yours.”), Em’s strength is evident on Quitter and he brings in some scornful facts and his use of mockery shows why he has been so successful in other feuds.