Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame is the latest hip-hop artist to speak out on his reaction to “Rap God” and whether or not Eminem went too far by name-dropping him on the catchy track.
In Waka’s opinion, Slim Shady paid homage more than offended with his line.
“How [did he diss me]? [Eminem] said, he asked people if you think it’s a game. ‘I’ma go hard as Waka Flocka and Flame you.’ He’s basically giving me a compliment. I appreciate it. You know what I’m saying? For a legend to look at you like you going hard. ‘Keep going,’ that’s basically what he said. ‘You going hard. I respect everything you doing. Keep going.’ I ain’t look at it as no beef. I know Eminem wouldn’t diss me. I played it and I’m like he clearly gave me a shout out. It’s just people don’t wanna see your rise.” (Montreality)
Despite the superior title, Midwest rap veteran Tech N9ne recently applauded Em for putting his all into the buzzing record.
“Yes, I heard ‘Rap God.’ Everybody want to know what I think. I think he’s rapping his a** off. That’s what I think. You know what I’m saying,” Tech said in an interview. “Somebody said it makes me want to hit the pad harder. I’m like, ‘I always hit the pad hard.’ So, yeah, nothing makes me [want to go harder] much anymore. But that? I was smiling, so it was a good thing. I listened to it twice.” (The NE Hip Hop)
A few weeks back, Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden noted how hard Em went on “Rap God.”
Thus far, Em has dropped a few singles for the lyrical nerds, including the most recent “Rap God.” “I think this [album] is for rap fans,” Joe Budden explained. “I think that he’s been inspired as of late and I know he’s been working really hard. I know he has an overabundance of records to choose from and they’re all rap. You can tell that even from the records released like ‘Berzerk’– a real old school Beastie Boys kinda feel, and ‘Rap God’ — where he’s just rapping for six minutes straight.” “He even dyed his hair back to blond, so he’s going back to an earlier time, and I think fans will look forward to that.” (MTV)
Last month, rap vet Kool Keith downplayed Em’s “cuckoo and kooky” line about him on the recently released “Monster.”
“I don’t take the phrase like a diss. I take it as he had a moment of his life to think about me for a couple of seconds. That’s really good. All the rappers know me in general. For him, all the rappers look up to him. That’s the thing in general. One day we’ll get on the track. Hopefully, he calls me to do that song and we get a song. Trade some vocals and stuff like that. I’m glad. That goes to show that I am still current. You don’t have a box to put me in. I’m not labeled from the guys that are back in time and the rappers that can’t keep up with the current moment. That’s a very good compliment.” (XXL Mag)
Check out Waka Flocka Flame’s interview: