Hip-hop beef is nothing new and in fact, the industry thrives on it. Even during a pandemic, beef hits the headlines and drives clicks and downloads. But back in the day, it could lead to much more than that – and Eminem is one of those rappers whose beef got particularly scary.
Eminem is such a legend that rapper turned reality stars like Benzino are still trying to goad him into beef. He took aim at Em’s fans, recently even calling out their potential choice of President as Election Day drew closer. Of course, it garnered no response.
There was a time when Eminem had more to contend with than some angry fans, at the height of his heyday. During a time where Eminem allegedly wore a bulletproof vest, his manager Paul Rosenberg reached out to West Coast Samoan hip-hop group Boo-Yaa Tribe, hoping they’d help with protection.
Slim Shady was being extorted, according nephew of the Tribe, Monsta G. Sharing the story some years later, Monsta G helped to bring light to how Eminem, Boo-Yaa Tribe and B-Real from Cypress Hill ended up on a track, “911.”
Industry politics happened behind the scenes; Eminem got his protection from the “Crips” that were extorting him, and he agreed (and came through) to give the group a feature – and also produced the track.
B-Real shared earlier this year that he was mostly excited to just work with Eminem and was unaware of the other drama.
“He’s one of my favorite top three, and so I had a chance to work with him there, along with my family. It was a no brainer to me, and yeah, you know the politics I heard about it later,” he told HipHopDX.