In the world of Hip-Hop, especially as it pertains to rap lyrics, in most cases nothing or no one is off-limits. There are some cases though, where lines are definitely crossed. When accusations of murder fly in bars, problems can definitely arise with insurmountable obstacles. Rapper Eminem learned that when he included Diddy in his song “Kill Shot”.
Eminem isn’t shy of engaging in rap beef and has unleashed his lyrical fiery flows on artists ranging from Joe Budden to Christina Aguilera, to Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. In 2018, he released his tenth studio album, Kamikaze, which became the top-selling Hip-Hop album of the year, but the album included many diss tracks to various entertainers, including Machine Gun Kelly.
The beef between the two rappers has been ongoing since 2012 when MGK tweeted about Eminem’s then 16-year-old daughter. Since then it continued as the two traded disses back and forth to one another. Let MGK tell it as he boldly told the crowds at one of his shows, “This is not a battle between Michigan and Ohio. This is a battle between the past and the f’ing future.”
Following the release of MGK’s “Rap Devil”, a diss track mocking Em’s “Rap God”, the Detroit rapper fired back with a record called “K*ll Shot”. The song proved to be a swift success for Eminem, having the most successful debut for a hip hop song and the third-biggest debut in YouTube history at the time with 38.1 million streams on YouTube in its first 24 hours. “K*ll Shot” also garnered over 80 million views in its first week.
Tongues began to wag as fans noticed that Bad Boy CEO Diddy caught a stray bullet in one of Em’s bars. The Detroit rapper insinuates that Diddy “pops pills” and also is the reason behind Tupac’s murder. “K*llshot, I will not fail, I’m with the Doc still / But this idiot’s boss pops pills and tells him he’s got skills / But, Kells, the day you put out a hit’s the day Diddy admits / That he put the hit out that got Pac killed,” he raps.
However, Eminem tries to soften the blow by saying “You know I’m just playing Diddy / You know I love you,” at the end of the song.
Many fans weren’t so keen on Eminem’s words about Diddy and began to criticize him on social media. Rapper Jay Electronica also issued a stern warning for Eminem that be “best tread carefully Son,” in a since-deleted tweet.
Jay Electronica droppin an Eminem diss in 6 years called Exhibit E.— juice wayne (@visecs) September 14, 2018
I can’t wait till my son comes home from school to tell me about it. pic.twitter.com/uqYQQ4cl6I
Not only did fans catch wind of the stray, Diddy apparently felt the sting and was none too pleased. Joe Budden, who works closely with Diddy at Revolt, shared that he will be addressing Eminem when he’s ready.
“There’s nothing to speculate about. Nothing to talk about,” said Budden. “Puff said it’s in his hands and he said I can say it. That’s the end of that.”
He added, “That’s a conversation I can’t have on the podcast because of my brand but that is bigger than rap. And I’m getting out of there because I’m afraid. You just have to question why people do things sometimes.”