West Coast rap veteran Ras Kass has shared his thoughts on hearing Canibus releasing a diss song toward Eminem and said he felt the track was slightly too little, too late.
While maintaining a level of respect for both artists, Kass said Canibus should have went at Em sooner.
"I agree with you, I don't have much to say about it, [laughs]," Kass said in an interview. "But it came outta nowhere. My personal opinion, I love Eminem just as much as I love Canibus, I do no favortism in that and I do respect both of them and their talents, immensely, I just think, me personally, if somebody went at you, there's an art of war. In the art of war, this is kind of late to go after him. Maybe he has a plan and as far as battles and all that, then so be it. Me personally, like I said, I love Eminem and I love Canibus, I would have went at Em sooner than now if dude said certain things about me -- because some things you gotta let go and it's the past. I don't get along with Game, I'm not gonna make a song about him today, it's dead. Unless we had some new issue.' (Gamertag Radio)
The five-minute song features Canibus speaking up for Mariah Carey and the late Michael Jackson.
"You push D12 to the side -- if Proof was alive, he'd be dying inside," Canibus raps. "You ain't no hip-hop messiah, you a b*tch 'cause you dissed Mariah, sh*t like that's supposed to be private/I'ma fry you on behalf of Mariah and Michael, put you back on them drugs, make you suicidal/You can't shut the record down, n*gga it's viral/When you use the word n*gga, just remember your idols...Devil in a red dress on MTV, you signed more black people than a basketball team...Slim Shady you a coward because you scared to rap with me, the only black man you respect is 50/And the greatest rapper of all time was dead right, but you're dead wrong/You shouldn't have even been on that song..." (YouTube)
Em's "Warning" from last July sent disses toward Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon.
"Only reason I dissed you in the first place is because you denied seeing me and now I'm pissed off," Em says on the song's intro. "Sit back homie, relax, in fact grab a six pack, kick back while I kick facts/Yeah Dre sick track, perfect way to get back/Wanna hear something with wack/I got the same exact tat that's on Nick's back/I'm 'Obsessed' now/Oh geesh, that's supposed to be me in the video with the goatee, wow, Mariah, didn't expect it to go balls out/B*tch shut the f*ck up before I put all the phone calls out you made to my house when you was Wildin' Out before Nick/When you was on my d*ck/And give you something to smile about/How many times you fly to my house just on account/Better shut your lying mouth if you don't want Nick finding out/You probably think since it's been so long that if I had something on you, I woulda did it by now/Oh on the contrary Mary Poppins/I'm mixing our studio session down and sending it to mastering to make it loud/Enough dirt on you to murder you/This is what the f*ck I do/Mariah, it ever occur to you that I still have pictures/However you prefer to do and that goes for Nick too/F*ggot, you think I'm scurred of you/You gonna ruin my career, you better get one/Like I'ma sit and fight with you over some sl*t b*tch c*nt that made me put up with her psycho a** over six months/And only spread her legs to let me hit once/Yeah, whatcha gonna say, I'm lucky?/Tell the public that I was so ugly that you f*cking had to be drunk to f*ck me..." ("The Warning")
Slim Shady poked fun at Canibus on 2002's "Square Dance."
"Dr. Dre, wants to square with me," Em raps. "Nasty Nas, wants to square dance with me/X to the Z, wants to square dance with me/Busta Rhymes, wants to square dance with me/Cana-b*tch won't square dance with me/Fan-a-b*tch, won't square dance with me/Canada-bis, don't want no parts of me." ("Square Dance")