Nick Cannon went after Eminem in December 2019 with a series of diss tracks after Slim Shady clowned his relationship with his ex-wife Mariah Carey on the Fat Joe cut “Lord Above.” While Eminem never responded on wax, their public discourse was thoroughly entertaining for the rap community — fans or not.
Needless to say, Cannon knows a thing or two about the potency required for an effective diss. During a new installment of Nick Cannon Radio’s “World Famous Top 5” YouTube series, The Masked Singer host tackled the “Top 5 Best Diss Tracks.”
Before getting to the list, Cannon joked his beef with Eminem should be considered one of the greatest then quickly digressed.
“The No. 5 diss track is me versus Eminem,” he says with a laugh. “No, I’m just joking. Even though it was Hip Hop culture going on. But we gotta go with Biggie’s diss track, I gotta start off with ‘Dre Day.’ Dre and Snoop, they came at Eazy’s neck … they was getting at everybody. That’s my joint right there.”
Nick Cannon stuck to the West Coast and named Ice Cube’s infamous Eazy-E diss “No Vaseline” as No. 4 but headed to the East Coast for No. 3 with JAY-Z’s “The Takeover,” which took aim at Mobb Deep and Nas. He then put up Drake’s Meek Mill slaughter “Back To Back” at No. 2, calling it the “only diss song to get nominated for a Grammy and is a club banger.”
Finally, Cannon proclaimed Tupac Shakur’s 1996 lyrical assassination “Hit ‘Em Up” takes the crown at No. 1. The track decimated The Notorious B.I.G. at the time and made it painfully clear just how much 2Pac despised the Brooklyn rap luminary.
“And the No. 1 diss song of all time — and it’s only because it’s probably the biggest Hip Hop beat ever and one of the best rappers to ever do it and it was just so disrespectful,” Cannon continued. “He started it off with like, That’s why I fucked your bitch.’ When you start a record off like that … and unfortunately there was so much that went on with their demise, I wish these brothers could have came back together because they were truly friends.
“That’s what hurts all of our hearts, when we lose our greats to senseless violence, but ‘Hit ‘Em Up.’ My goodness. And trust me, there are some backstories to this record that the world does not know about and it will be in Suge Knight’s book that I am putting out this year.”
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