Eminem has built a career on aiming diss lyrics at his fellow musicians. However, he may have crossed the line with his latest diss record, “Killshot.” Although the song’s primary aim is at Machine Gun Kelly, Eminem’s most lethal lyric comes at the expense of hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Eminem implicates Diddy in the murder of 2 Pac.
“This idiot’s boss pops pills and tells him that he got skills/But Kells, the day you put out a hit, is the day Diddy admits he put the hit out that got ‘Pac killed,” Eminem raps.
The lyric is touchy and dangerous considering the heated rap beef between Bad Boy Records and Death Row Records during the 1990s, which was spearheaded by rap legends The Notorious B.I.G. and 2 Pac. Both rappers died violently, and their murders remain unsolved. Eminem also released the song one day after the anniversary of 2 Pac’s death, Sept. 13, 1996.
At the conclusion of the song, Eminem says that the lyric was a joke: “And I’m just playin’, Diddy, you know I love you.”
But while the lyric could be viewed as tongue-and-cheek by Eminem, many in the hip-hop community did not appreciate the Detroit rapper’s disrespect.
Rapper Jay Electronica, for one, took to Twitter and blasted Emimen for the lyric.
“How dare you accuse Diddy of killing Tupac while you completely look pass [sic] Jimmy Iovine and those who profited from his death the most,” he tweeted. “You best tread carefully, son, before I come tear your ivory tower down like Sulaiman done the Templar Knights.”
Jay Electronica also fired back at Eminem for what he says was disrespect to Louis Farrakhan. “Remember this was the very video I had to check you on before for blaspheming the Minister in the midst of him trying to bring Ja Rule and 50 to peace. Tread carefully.”
Jay Electronica was referring to the 2003 meeting Farrakhan called to try to resolve the rap beef between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.
Here are other reactions to Eminem’s diss record “Killshot” posted on social media:
That Diddy line in killshot shook me. I almost threw my phone and I wasn’t even holding it.
— ShameWrathJoy (@ShameWrathJoy) September 14, 2018
Why does it feel like Diddy got the worst of it instead of MGK? Diddy was just minding his own business and was an innocent bystander 😂 #KILLSHOT
— Lyle (@WalkWithLyle) September 14, 2018
I’m old schoolin’ it. Diddy has too much money to respond, but downside is he doesn’t have the quality of team to *send* someone to respond to it. Silence is golden; however…
— Angela Flowers (@nyneshaydee) September 14, 2018
all i wanna say is that #killshot woulda been wild if eminem didnt caper to Diddy right at the end like that
— Nick (@oxOverlock) September 14, 2018
— Petar (@Perooo1) September 14, 2018