In one corner, you have Nick Cannon—successful actor, entrepreneur, and sometimes rapper. In the other corner you have Marshall Mathers aka Eminem, one of the most gifted talents to ever touch a microphone and one of the most successful musical artists of the 21st Century. If the odds seem stacked in favor of one or the other, don’t bother telling Cannon, who has laid down a rap battle challenge to Shady to the tune of $100,000.
In a recent interview with U.K. entertainer Tim Westwood, Cannon set out to prove that not only was he serious about the gauntlet he’d laid down, but that he’d take on anyone who sought to challenge him. “I’m still ready! I’m trying to find him. Where is he?” Cannon said. “We gonna be out in the States for the BET Awards. I’m holding a $100,000 battle—whoever wants it—but it has to be someone who can put up 100 grand … I done reached out to Tyga, he didn’t want it. I went to all Slaughterhouse. I did it like Mortal Kombat. I said I’ll take all of them out to get to the boss.”
The beef between Cannon and Eminem goes back a long time—all the way to 2009 when the former’s then-wife Mariah Carey debuted the song “Obsessed” that was targeted at the Detroit rap icon. Not one to take a diss from anyone, Eminem hit back with his own fiery track titled “Warning Shot.” In the wake of that savage clapback, Cannon repeatedly took shots at Em in every which way he could, but Shady all but sloughed him off.
Watch the full interview in the clip above, and stay tuned for Cannon/Shady rap battle updates (however unlikely they may be).