During a recent episode of the People’s Party With Talib Kweli, Evidence opened up about his past beef with Eminem and explains how former House Of Pain MC, Everlast, sparked the whole thing by dissing Em on Dilated Peoples’ “Ear Drums Pop (Remix).”
“That whole thing was a big mistake. That was the funniest part about my ‘beef’ with Eminem. It was a big mistake. Ah, f**k. It’s so bad. When he said, ‘I buck a .380 on ones that act shady…’ Planet Asia was there, Defari, Phil Da Agony was there … everybody was in the room.
“He didn’t come out the booth and none of us went, ‘Damn!’ It wasn’t there. Then I listened back after I realized what happened. He said ‘Hailie’ maybe a line or two later. Whatever it was, it went A to B and I was out of that. C your way out… that was me. I didn’t even understand what was happening.”
“We were watching EPMD or something like that — me, Em and Madchild, just kicking it, watching. He was around the scene doing a lot of the same shows we were at that time, so it wasn’t weird to me. I guess he felt like maybe we had met and been cool that I singlehandedly allowed Everlast to diss him. It wasn’t the case. It was just something he just did.”
“Everlast knows, he didn’t warn any of us. He did that. Em went back at me personally because of it. Getting dissed by Eminem in the prime of his career, it was not cool. The real Slim Shady was out … one of biggest moments in rap history, arguably, is the emergence of Eminem.”
“I went back and wrote a rap against him … I got respect. I thought I did good. I said some good shit. I just had some more info ’cause he famous and I knew some girl in Detroit who knew things and she snitched on a bunch of little things, and he hit me back with another diss and it wasn’t that good. He didn’t have much on me or even cared about it to be honest… and Rest In Peace Proof, man.”
“Paul and I are now cool. I seen Eminem backstage at festival one time with Alchemist and we are cool and I get played on Shade 45. I’m blessed.”