Nick Cannon – The Invitation (Eminem Diss) (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
Rapper Nick Cannon seems to be triggered for being mentioned by Eminem on his latest collaboration with Fat Joe on “Lord Above.” On the track, Eminem seemed to rehash their old beef which was surfaced recently by Nick Cannon in an interview with TI in July 2019. Now the wheels are in motion and we will have to wait and see if Eminem responds to Nick Cannon’s “The Invitation.” What does this Eminem diss actually mean?
“The Invitation” seems to really be an invitation for Eminem by Nick Cannon to appear on their talk show ‘Wild ‘N Out’ to settle this beef once and for all. However, Suge Knight has other plans. The diss track begins and ends with a phone conversation recording by Suge Knight talking some serious smack about Eminem. Suge’s idea of defeating Eminem is in a boxing ring beating “the dog sh*t out him.”
On the podcast with TI, Nick Cannon recalled his beef with Eminem dating back to 2001. Eminem claims to have dated Mariah Carey briefly in 2001 which she denies. Later on, Mariah Carey married Nick Cannon and Eminem released “Bagpipes from Bagdhad” aiming at the couple. Nick told TI; “I called managers… I gotta show my wife I’m a man. said, ‘I know I’m not gonna be able to out rap you but I will whoop your ass.’ Those were the exact words at the time. Cooler heads prevailed.”
Listen to “The Invitation” (Eminem Diss) by Nick Cannon
On this track, Nick Cannon and ‘Wild ‘N Out’ cast members Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, and Prince Eazy take turns with their own verses to jab at Eminem. Suge Knight appears on a phone call recording.
Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “The Invitation”
The intro is part of the phone conversation recording by Suge Knight with Nick Cannon. Suge Knight says he only came on this record because he believes in Nick Cannon. In this bit, Suge Knight openly invites Eminem to a rap battle to prove himself.
In the first verse by Nick Cannon, the rapper starts off with an invitation for Eminem for an open rap battle to settle their feud once and for all. Nick also boldly warns Fat Joe to stay back and not to get involved in the thick of this beef. Eminem jabbed back at Nick Cannon on Fat Joe’s 2019 track “Lord Above” dissing that Nick Cannon is neutered thanks to his wife Mariah Carey.
Nick Cannon very boldly name drops Eminem’s entire family on this verse. Kim is Eminem’s ex-wife and Hailie is their daughter. Nick also brings up Aliana or Whitney as being adopted into the Mathers family. With this jab, Nick invites Em to respond to his family, which consists of the rappers who feature on this track. Maybe, Nick meant Mariah and himself when he meant his ‘family.’
Nick also brings up Mariah Carey’s response diss “Obsessed” to Eminem. Nick says she killed Em on that track and he does not repeat it again. But if he is pushed, he will.
Nick also dares to say that Em’s collaboration with Fat Joe was a setup just so he could drag Eminem to war. Nick claims that he fell for the trick.
Lastly, Nick Cannon finishes his verse with an ado to Tupac Shakur by quoting his lyrics “I ain’t no killer but don’t push me” from “Hail Mary” track.
In the second verse by Hitman Holla, the rapper goes on to ridicule Eminem. He mocks Eminem’s name in comparison to the sweet M&M which contains nuts. He says Eminem is a nut job. Correction! Slim Shady is a nut job!
Hitman Holla further says that his assistance isn’t even needed in this beef as Nick Cannon already has Eminem roasted. He is just here to clean up the mess of Eminem after getting rolled on by Nick.
Hitman also brings up ‘8 Mile’ movie battle rap scenes, which are infamously based around the life of Eminem before his mainstream success. He says this feud is not scripted and Eminem has no way of walking out of this beef alive.
In the third verse by Charlie Clips, the rapper claims that Nick has Eminem coughing for air after this diss track. He also seems to respond to Eminem’s claim in “Lord Above” that he has a Glock gun named ‘rap’ with spitfire bullets called bars. Clips says he is always strapped just like Eminem.
On the fourth verse on “The Invitation” by Prince Eazy, the rapper seems to side with Mariah Carey over her beef with Eminem. He says that it took Eminem this long to respond to Mariah for a song that came ages ago. Prince Eazy also comments about Eminem being 47-years-old and is merely “chasing” clout at this age. ‘Clout’ is slang for ‘being famous and having influence.’
Prince Eazy also suggests that Eminem is merely a white boy trying to shove his head where it does not belong–a black music culture.
The rest of the phone conversation recording with Suge Knight appears at the end of “The Invitation” diss. He says that Eminem was and is weak for making up stories about him and Mariah Carey, and he should seriously consider dropping his imaginary stories.
After several death threats and warnings, Suge Knight ends his phone call with a challenge to Eminem. He invites Eminem to respond to “The Invitation” within 24 hours if he is still capable of standing up for himself. Suge also invites the fans of Detroit City, home to Eminem, to chase Eminem out of the city if he does not respond within the given time period.
Let us wait and ponder if Eminem will take time off to respond to this diss by Nick Cannon. If the Rap God does respond, it could very well pave the way for another year of interesting rap battles. Last year (2018) Eminem had a very public rap battle feud with rapper Machine Gun Kelly with whom they exchanged diss tracks such as “Rap Devil” and “KILLSHOT.”
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