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They call him Slim Shady, and he shamelessly zings celebrities daily. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the "Top 10 Celebs Dissed by Eminem."
For this list, we’re focusing on relevant pop culture figures that received a proper lyrical whoopin’ from one Marshall Mathers.
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#10: Kim Kardashian “We Made You”
In his satirical 2009 celebrity takedown, Eminem takes a playful stab at several superstars, devoting a verse to Kim Kardashian. Well, he specifically raps about her “gluteus maximus,” while also questioning her gender. Given the playful tone of the track, it’s clear that Em’s not on a war path against America’s… um, “beloved” reality star, but he does seem intrigued by the shape and size of said rump, even having her comically exaggerated posterior make him fall over in the song’s music video. It’s not the most poignant Eminem verse ever written, but it’s clearly a diss that Slim Shady wanted to get off his chest.
#9: Donald Trump "No Favors"
While normally focusing his diss tracks on celebrities and other entertainers, Em is not one to shy away from politicians or public figures. Donald Trump first felt the wrath of Slim Shady in October of 2016 with his track entitled "Campaign Speech," where he called out Trump as someone not fit for the presidential role. The insults continued with his feature on Big Sean’s track “No Favors” where Em explained how he plans to ruin Trump’s brand. The track also takes aim at far-right media personality Ann Coulter, an avid Trump supporter, providing the audience with a list of ways to make these two figures disappear, taking their xenophobic policies with them. While he may like to joke around a lot, it’s clear Eminem takes politics and racism very seriously.
#8: Pamela Anderson “My Name Is”
This American sex symbol was a defining figure of the 1990s, but didn’t quite stay relevant. But… unlucky for her, she’s immortalized in the lyrics of one of Eminem’s best songs. For his Grammy Award-winning 1999 hit, Eminem offered a sharp commentary on Pamela’s famous implants, using some aggressive lyricism before referencing the early 90s hip-hop duo Kris Kross and their fashion sense. It’s a clever Eminem diss, and the lyrical lash allowed him to make some noise in pop culture. In that same year, Pam actually downsized her implants. Meanwhile, Eminem rose to stardom, partially due to his inventive boob rhymes.
#7: Elvis Presley “Without Me”
Despite the awkward phrasing of this pop culture diss, it’s a sharp diss nonetheless. If you didn’t already know, Elvis Presley built his career upon rhythm and blues, and Eminem reminded as such with his 2002 single. He first makes reference to The King in Verse two, only to compare himself to said King in Verse Three, noting how they similarly re-appropriated a black music genre and faced similar backlash. It’s a sly lead-in to the section’s timely finale and shows how vital he is to the hip-hop industry. Both Em and Elvis significantly affected pop culture, but in… slightly different ways.
#6: Michael Jackson “Just Lose It”
By taking aim at the King of Pop in his 2004 Billboard hit, Eminem touches on the troubling scandal Michael Jackson faced, as well as the dark side of celebrity fame. With this aggressive diss, Em drops a safety net too, as he makes a direct reference to the child molestation charges while claiming not to specifically have Jackson in mind. Then again, Eminem took it even further with his music video, which resulted in Jackson calling Steve Harvey’s radio show to address the issues. Unsurprisingly, there was plenty of backlash against Eminem, even from the likes of Stevie Wonder. But it’s just another chapter of Slim Shady causing a stir with some hot takes on celebrity culture.
#5: Insane Clown Posse “Marshall Mathers”
For a little context, the feud between Slim Shady and ICP extends to BEFORE Eminem was even a household name, when Eminem preemptively announced that the duo would perform at a launch for The Slim Shady EP without asking. That resulted in a lot of name-calling and thinly veiled parodies like “Slim Anus.” So, once Eminem had some more exposure, he took the opportunity to lyrically shame the clownish MCs with a rather sophomoric verse. Eminem showed some creativity by rhyming “Faygo Root Beer” with “queer,” pointing to an instance when the duo sprayed an audience with the soda. With most of the second verse devoted to insulting Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, it’s evident Shady has a LOT to get off his chest.
#4: Moby “Without Me”
Verse 3 packs a wallop. First calling out *NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick and Limp Bizkit, Eminem roasts popular New York City DJ Moby. The rhyme captures a specific time and place, with Eminem shouting out to Obie Trice to beat up Moby. It all stems from Moby’s criticism of Eminem at the 2001 Grammys, when he claimed that the content of Eminem’s lyrics are blatantly homophobic, sexist and racist, which could be misinterpreted by impressionable younger audiences. It’s clear that Moby rattled Eminem a bit, since his “Without Me” slam, in true Eminem fashion, calls out the electronic artist as gay. Moby not only didn’t mind the reference, but said “he gave me some amazing free publicity.”
#3: Britney Spears “Marshall Mathers”
In yet another timely jab from Em’s self-titled track, he proves that he was NOT a fan of the turn of the century pop scene. At the time of release, boy bands were everywhere, and a young Britney Spears was selling millions of albums. Slim Shady slammed her trendy pop vibes by referencing the actual cost of a compact disc in 2000. Of course, he also dropped the B word on sweet Brit, which maybe wasn’t a surprise given Eminem’s reputation. But Eminem kiiiinda also admitted that he bought one of her albums.
#2: Christina Aguilera “The Real Slim Shady”
In quite the elaborate and revealing verbal beatdown, Eminem confronts this pop superstar. In a special on MTV for her hit “What a Girl Wants,” Aguilera praised Eminem, but Em took issue with how she got into his personal life. And so, this called for an immediate diss aimed at Christina’s love life. At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit joined Christina Aguilera during her performance of “Livin’ It Up,” later claiming only to have done it “all for the nookie.” Since Xtina rose to fame through MTV and Carson Daly’s show “Total Request Live,” Slim Shady insinuates that perhaps there’s more to the story there too. Guess retaliation comes fast and hard when you’re on Marshall Mathers’ lyrical hit list.
Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions
- Tori Spelling “Love Game”
- Sarah Palin “We Made You”
- Kevin Federline “Berzerk”
#1: Mariah Carey “The Warning”
Eminem alleged that he hooked up with Mariah Carey; however, the pop icon wouldn’t admit it. Carey released a song titled “Obsessed,” which several think was her way of adding fuel to the fire that Eminem had set with “Bagpipes from Baghdad,” even possibly impersonating him in the song’s music video. Then came “The Warning” shots. This is a blatant Mariah diss track, in which he claims to have evidence of their past relationship. Excessive in nature and vastly different than clowning on ICP, Vanilla Ice or even Elvis Presley, this track obviously makes for juicy conversation amongst pop culture obsessives.