Celebrities seem like they're constantly feuding. That may not be reality for all stars, but it's definitely the case when it comes to Marshall Mathers. There are so many celebrities Eminem has fought with. It seems like he's always dropping lines in his music about celebs he's not too hot on. These disses don't hold back, either – Em can get downright savage.
When you think about the greatest Eminem fights, Donald Trump immediately comes to mind. He's insulted the controversial president on more than one occasion. Then there are his feuds with other artists, like Royce Da 5'9 and Ja Rule. Think women are off limits for his burns? They aren't – just listen to what he says about Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera.
If Eminem doesn't like you, chances are you're going to hear about it. But why even start these fights in the first place? Maybe these Eminem feuds are just a tactic to get people to listen to his music. Maybe he's out to protect his reputation. Or maybe it's just about the attention. All publicity is good publicity... unless you're one of the stars Eminem has feuded with.
On multiple occasions, Eminem has dropped lyrics about his rocky relationship with his mother, Debbie Mathers. The artist may have thrown down his biggest dig in his 2002 single, "Cleanin' Out My Closet," in which he throws down his famous rhyme:
"Just try to envision
Witnessing your mama popping prescription pills in the kitchen...
Victim of Munchhausen's Syndrome
My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn't
'Til I grew up, now I blew up, it makes you sick to ya stomach."
Yikes. His mother denied the claims, but Eminem just fought back harder. He released "My Mom" in 2009, spitting lyrics like, "Valium was in everything, food that I ate, the water that I drank, f*cking peas on my plate."
In his track, "The Warning," Eminem raps:
"Wow Mariah, didn't expect you to go balls out
Bitch shut the f*ck up, 'fore I put all them phone calls out
You made to my house when you was (Wild'n Out) before Nick
When you was on my d*ck and give you somethin to smile about
How many times you fly to my house, still tryin' to count
Better shut your lyin' mouth if you don't want Nick findin' out."
Eminem not only upped the ante in his feud with Mariah Carey, but he brought her husband Nick Cannon into it, too. Cannon responded, "The way the Eminem thing started was that I never had an issue with him... If anything, I’ve been one of his biggest fans, but when another man crosses a line of disrespect, then you got to deal with it."
The feud between Eminem and Ja Rule goes back a long way. After 50 Cent produced some music dissing Ja Rule, he signed with with Shady/Aftermath Records. Ja Rule was angry with Eminem for signing him, and threatened to retaliate.
Unfazed, Eminem released "Hail Mary" with 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes, rapping about how Ja Rule is just a poor imitation of 2Pac. The result? 50 Cent was stabbed by some members of Murder Inc., and then, a few short months later, shot five times.
After it came out that Eminem and Mariah Carey supposedly once had an affair, Carey denied the whole thing:
"Did I have a sexual relationship with him? No, I didn't... I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occurred... Maybe he thought because nothing happened he'd look bad or something."
How did Eminem fight back? How he always does: with a track. Before performing "Puke" in 2005, he played some voicemails reportedly from Carey and pretended to vomit. Carey, for her part, released "Obsessed," which many people assume is about Eminem.