It’s no secret that actor-host Nick Cannon and rapper Eminem are far from friendly enemies, but after a stint of calm between the two, Cannon seems to be heating up their feud, once again, as he takes shots at the rapper in his upcoming stand-up comedy special for the cable channel Showtime.
In a recent interview with hollywoodreporter.com, the stand-up comedian explains that insults about his famous wife, Mariah Carey, from Eminem and others inspired pieces of his new routine.
“I love being married to one of the most famous people in the world,” he says. But the downfall is people feel like they can say whatever they want to say about my wife to my face. So I hear the strangest things. But that lends itself to a lot of great humor.”
Cannon adds, “When you’re up there on stage, it’s no-holds-barred. You don’t have to be politically correct. All the pressure is gone. It’s just you and the microphone.”
Cannon and Eminem originally began feuding back in 2009 after the Shady Records rapper took shots at Carey and Cannon’s relationship in the song “Bagpipes From Baghdad.” Seeking revenge, Cannon fired back at Eminem in a blog post, calling the rapper’s insults “racist bigotry” and calling Eminem himself “Slim Lamey,” causing an eventual Twitter feud between the two.
And although both have hurled critical words at each other, Cannon explains that, like many things, he doesn’t take the beef too seriously.
“I don’t take anything too seriously. And that’s one of the aspects of my show. You can’t be too serious because at the end of the day it’s just entertainment,” said Cannon.
Cannon’s first-ever stand-up special, “Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz,” will premiere on Showtime on Saturday, May 14, at 9 p.m.
What do you think of Cannon reviving his feud with Eminem? –nicholas robinson