The ongoing feud between Nick Cannon and Eminem is ramping up again.
The two rappers began their tireless dispute back in 2009, when Cannon was still married to Mariah Carey. A full decade later, 39-year-old Cannon and 47-year-old Eminem—whose real name is Marshall Mathers—are back at it. Thanks to a diss track, “The Invitation,” released by Cannon on Monday, it appears the conflict is far from over.
It all appeared to start with Eminem, who publicly took the first swing. Following an allegedly stormy relationship with Carey—which she denies to this day—Eminem released “Bagpipes from Baghdad,” taking aim at Carey and Cannon. Lyrics like “Nick Cannon you prick I wish you luck with the fuckin’ whore,” dominated the track. In response, Carey released “Why Are You So Obsessed with Me.” The song dragged Eminem and claimed no relationship ever existed between him and Carey.
The lyrical battle didn’t end there. Eminem followed Carey’s track with another of his own. He released “The Warning” shortly after, which begins with the lyrics “only reason I dissed you in the first place was because you denied seeing me, now I’m pissed off.” In the nearly three-and-a-half-minute song, Eminem claims to have saved voicemails from Carey. He billed the song as a “warning shot,” and threatened to release proof of he and Carey’s dalliance if she and Cannon continued the battle. Nearly a year later, Cannon did just that. He released “I’m A Slick Rick” in late 2010, again taking shots at Eminem.
For almost a decade after that, the feud settled down. Cannon and Carey, who were married in 2008, had twins in 2011. In late 2014, the two were divorced. They’ve gone their separate ways, but appear to maintain a reasonably good relationship. With Cannon’s most recent dig at Eminem, however, the past is about to come crashing back.
Monday’s release of “The Invitation” marks the re-ignition of a long-dormant feud. The track clearly takes aim at Eminem, with lyrics directly calling him out as a “bitch.” The song also invites Eminem to appear on Wild ‘N Out, an improv show that sometimes features rap battles. In response to the song’s release, Eminem took to Twitter to share his thoughts.
“U mad bro,” the award-winning rapper wrote late Monday. “Stop lying on my dick. I never even had a chauffeur, you bougie f*ck.”
U mad bro? Stop lying on my dick. I never even had a chauffeur, you bougie f*ck.🤡
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 10, 2019
He followed his first tweet up with another, jestingly demanding an apology from Cannon. “I demand an apology Nicholas, you’ve made my gardener so jealous,” he wrote. Fans of Eminem and Cannon immediately ate up the drama and took to Twitter to voice their opinions. Public support quickly began to favor Eminem, as the hashtag #ripnickcannon began trending overnight.
Nick Cannon: *tries his hardest with the help of 3 other guys to put out the best diss track they’ve ever made*
— Mamba 4 Life (@Kneel2ThaCrown) December 10, 2019
— rushi_10012k (@R10012k) December 10, 2019
I think that we can put aside of differences and petty squabbles like families have from time to time and make fun of nick cannon
— GoblinGangGaming (@ranarland) December 10, 2019
yo twitter just gave me a heart attack with #ripnickcannon trending…ain't nothing wrong with him, he's just an idiot for going after Eminem lmao
— Ryan Crew (@ryanfcrew) December 10, 2019
As the drama spread, people took notice of changes made to Cannon’s Wikipedia page. Several screenshots show descriptions of Cannon including phrases like “Eminem’s bitch” and “Eminem’s son.” Based on a cursory Wikipedia search, these changes are no longer on Cannon’s page.
— THEFIFTHELEMENT (@Fatonaxhami) December 10, 2019
— 𝗙ɪᴠᴇ ɴɪɴᴇ 📺 (@JayDeeEmTV) December 10, 2019
Hordes of people took to the web to show their support for Eminem. Even 50 Cent made his opinions known, sharing his thoughts on Instagram. “I don’t understand to save my life why someone would pick a fight with EM,” the 44-year-old rapper wrote. “He is a different kinda animal, I haven’t seen a motherfucker come close to beating him man. Hey Nick that shit was trash, I oughta kick you in yo ass when I see you PUNK!”
The clearest indicator of public support comes in the form of the diss track itself. “The Invitation” has already suffered immensely in the likes department on YouTube, where it’s dislikes—currently at 118,000—are more than quadruple its 26,000 likes. Eminem has not yet released a song responding to Cannon’s invite, but based on his history the next diss track is coming soon.