The Hip Hop Week In Review: Eminem, Hopsin & Casual Make Headlines
Casual disses Eminem, Hopsin disses Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar and Eminem apologizes to his mother.
This week, Casual, Eminem and Hopsin made headlines.
Casual dissed Eminem over "Rap God," while Hopsin dissed Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West and Eminem apologized to his mother on "Headlights," a selection off The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Casual Disses Eminem Over "Rap God"
Eminem's "Rap God" motivated Casual to make "#RapGod." On the track, Casual explains why he's taken issue with the title of Eminem's recently-released cut. "Your whole career you on some devilish shit," Casual, a founding member of the Hieroglyphics collective, raps on the track. "So if I let you claim Rap God, heaven will split." On the selection, Casual also says The Notorious B.I.G. used his style and makes another reference towards Eminem. "Claim the Son of Rap God and I won’t abuse my child," the Oakland, California emcee rhymes on the selection. "Listen, Bigge used to use my style / Homie, this ain’t 8 Mile / Now everybody feeling the rhymes, the Real #Rapgod / Out-rap that fraud." Casual likely did this because he released his He Think He #Rapgod album in 2011. The album featured a selection on it titled "#Rapgod." In a press release, Casual explained his stance further. "There are many Rap Gods but I am #Rapgod," Casual said in the statement. "The Divine Manifestation, The Supreme Incarnation Of Lyrical Divinity. #Rapgod in the flesh. A true and living #Rapgod...The Council Of The Rapgods was informed that Eminen was self-declared to be amongst the ranks of the Rapgods, rightfully so, might I add. Nothing wrong with that, except Casual is The True And Living #Rapgod, after which it has be canonized by The Highest Hierarchy Of Angels, By The Neteru, By The Highest Hip Hop Dignitaries and Rap Seminarians, that others shall go the entire professional duration and not be adorned with this Holy Epithet." In a press release, Casual also made it clear that "there's no beef" with Eminem despite the track's disses.
Casual's Eminem diss can be heard below.
Hopsin Explains Dissing Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar
Hopsin, a rapper representing Panorama City, California, recently released "Hop Is Back." The emcee, who is also the co-founder of Funk Volume, dissed Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West on the track. Hop recently spoke with HipHopDX about why he decided to diss West and Lamar. “I’m a Kanye West fan,” Hopsin said during the exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “I like Kanye West. I like a lot of his old stuff so, you know, it’s not [like I’m not a fan]. But he’s on some bullshit now. He’s on some straight up [bullshit]. I’m not the only one that thinks this but it’s not even about what other people think. I just know what the fuck I think. Yeah, he’s on some bullshit.” Hopsin also spoke about his respect for Kendrick Lamar and his reason for dissing the Compton, California emcee. "He’s a West Coast artist," Hopsin said. "He’s doing his shit. I’m not hating on him. But, it’s the Rap game. He knows it and says the same. It’s the Rap game. Rappers are gonna be fucking rappers...He raised the bar, but I’m a rapper myself. There’s not ever gonna be a time where I’m involved in something full-throttle with my life and I can just let someone else come out and go, ‘Boom! I’m the king.’ If I let you say that, and not acknowledge that, then I’m cool with that person being king. Nah.”
"Hop Is Back" can be heard below.
Eminem Apologizes To His Mother On "Headlights" Off The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Eminem apologizes to his mother, Debbie Mathers, on the Nate Reuss-assisted "Headlights" off his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
"Did I take it too far?" Eminem raps on the track. "'Cleaning Out My Closet' and all them other songs / But regardless, I don't hate you 'cause ma / You're still beautiful to me, 'cause you're my mom." He continues. "'Cause to this day we remain estranged and I hate it though," Eminem rhymes on the song. "'Cause you ain't even get to witness your grand baby's grow / But I'm sorry mama for 'Cleaning Out My Closet,' at the time I was angry / Rightfully maybe so, never meant that far to take it though, 'cause / Now I know it's not your fault, and I'm not making jokes / That song I no longer play at shows and I cringe every time it's on the radio." "Headlights" is a song included on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, a collection meant to be released November 5.
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