Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 recently opened up about his past feud with nemesis Canibus and why he refuses to allow a beef to take him away from music-making.
While Royce believes he could single-handedly hurt Canibus’ career, the Detroit-bred emcee said there is no motivation to entertain back-and-forth disses.
“I don’t think trouble follows me anymore. There might have been a point in my career where it felt like it did, but I think Canibus is trouble. He has his own problems and he’s angry,” Royce explained in an interview. “He’s more angry with me than I am with him. He does these things out of nowhere. For the record, I never went back and forth on a record with Canibus. I said what I wanted to say about him, and then there was a long gap in time. Now here he comes with all these records consecutively expecting me to respond to them, but I didn’t respond to any of them. I’d roast him if I felt like it. It would only take 50-100 bars to wreck his whole movement. I’m trying to keep away from doing that. When I ignore Canibus, I’m just trying to treat him with the respect that he deserves for being a legend in the game. If I had to give him any advice it would be to just stay away from me. This is not what he wants.” (Hip Hop DX)
Last May, Canibus said his initial Slaughterhouse problems stemmed from Royce and group member Joe Budden.
“Royce said it himself, Joey said it himself, ‘Yo, yo, Canibus was so good,’ and he was this and he was that and the third — I heard that part. If they’d have said that and left it there, you never would have heard no response from me,” Can said in an interview. “So, you know, I just wanted to put that out there, ’cause it’s important for them to know that…Listen, all in all, I want to see them win. I want to see Slaughterhouse win. And I’ve proven that, in spite of my response to the flagrant disrespect coming from all sides about my craft and my ability as an emcee. I’m not a hater, and I’m not looking for attention from them or any of their followers.” (Conspiracy Worldwide Radio)
Canibus’ recent “Lyrical Law V. Joey Cupcakes” record primarily focuses on dissing Royce and Budden.
“First things first man, you f*cking with the worst,” Canibus raps, “You better bring an ice pack when I see you in person/I’mma bring an arsenal/Ask Joe who the f*ck you talking to, he the softest n*gga in the group/Blood thicker than water, wash it off after the Slaughter — Internet snitcher, like a little b*tch /Joey low life, living off rice and goat tripe/He boasts on the mic, then he posts on the site/Then exposed his whole life for the dope, for a price/Don’t rep the culture right/ old his soul for the hype/Got known overnight for n*ggas f*ckin’ his wife/Got bust in the eyesight and still wouldn’t fight — You a disgrace to Jersey, you suck on the mic/You and 5’9″ are like two moist buttwipes/Walkin’ around all uptight.” (“Lyrical Law Vs. Joey Cupcakes”)
Following its’ release, Slaughterhouse member Crooked I downplayed its seriousness.
“So I took a powernap and missed Canibus vs Slaughterhouse?,” he tweeted Thursday (May 6) night.
“I wanted to hear a Slaughter/Horseman joint myself…#ThanxCanibus”
“@TheRealRoyce59 that dude is a certified weirdo”
Check out Canibus speaking on Slaughterhouse below: