Uncle Snoop isn’t here for the shots or weak dissing. Simultaneously, Eminem isn’t either. For years Eminem has been heralded as one of the great lyricists of hip-hop, but lately many voices have chosen to debate that saying that he simply isn’t as great as many have claimed him to be. Although Eminem has had a plethora of hit singles and albums throughout his career, his stamp in the culture is in question.
While there are many differences between the two rappers, one similarity reigns supreme in that they both hail from the school of Dr. Dre. But when the conversation comes about on “top ten lists” in rappers, the Detroit rapper isn’t quite hitting the mark for the legendary West Coast rapper. A few months ago, Snoop made this revelation on The Breakfast Club after praising Dre for discovering successful rap talent in the country.
“Eminem! ‘The Great White Hope’. White rappers had zero respect in rap. Let’s keep that one thou-wow,” Snoop stated. “[Dre] has probably put Eminem in the position where he would be considered one of the top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like that he’s top 10 lyricists and all that that comes with it. That’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre. and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find.”
Despite finding him talented, Snoop felt that he doesn’t measure up to a lot of the great acts in hip-hop. “There’s some n—s in the 80s that [Eminem] can’t fuck with,” the “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper continued. “Like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J … Like Ice Cube.” Snoop assured the hosts that Eminem was still “one of my teammates, one of my brothers” however, “it is what it is” he says. “But when you’re talking about this hip-hop s—t that I can’t live without, I can live without that.”
It’s been months since Snoop’s interview on the nationally syndicated radio show, but Eminem didn’t forget as he addressed it on his latest release, the surprise deluxe album Music to Be Murdered By – Side B in which he slams Snoop on the song “Zeus.” The rapper is heard name-dropping Snoop in the following bars:
“And, as far as squashing beef, I’m used to people knocking me/But, just not in my camp,” Em raps. “And diplomatic as I’m tryna be/Last thing I need is Snoop dogging me/Man, Dogg, you was like a (Yeah) damn god to me/Nah, not really (Haha)/I had ‘dog’ backwards/But I’m starting to think, all these people takin’ shots at me/s–t, it’s no wonder.”
Em then appeared on his SiriusXM Shade 45 channel’s New Year’s Eve special where he explained his reasoning for dissing Snoop on the record. “I just saw you [Snoop]. What the f—k? It threw me for a loop,” Em explained. “Again, I probably could’ve gotten past the whole tone and everything, but it was the last statement where he said, ‘Far as music I can live without, I can live without that shit.’ Now you’re being disrespectful. It just caught me off guard. I wasn’t ready for that.”
Well, it looks like Snoop could be gearing up for a response to the rapper’s diss to him. When an Eminem fan account posed the question “Was Snoop Dogg being disrespectful when he said he could live without Eminem’s music?”, Snoop took to the comment section with a swift response. “Pray I don’t answer that soft a** s—t,” he wrote, followed by three laugh-cry emojis.
He then posted a series of Instagram posts that he’s since deleted that seemingly shot at the Detroit rapper in response to their current beef. “People who can’t communicate think everything is an argument,” the rapper posted on his page in meme form. In another deleted post, the rapper uploaded a meme saying, ”Back in the day if someone hated you, it meant you did something WRONG, now a days it means you did something RIGHT.”
Eminem hasn’t responded to Snoop’s rebuttal but we will be sure to keep you posted if he does in fact choose to.