It's Slim Shady vs. Whitey Ford, and it's not going to be pretty. After taking on the likes of Christina Aguilera, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, the Insane Clown Posse, his own mother, and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Eminem is duking it out, verbally, with Everlast.
On a new song, called "I Remember" — the B-side of "S--t on You," the new single from his side group D-12 — Eminem takes issue with Everlast's stylistic switch from the MC in House of Pain to the more song-oriented troubadour of his recent solo albums.
"I went to get your s--t/ Man I was into it/ But then you went and took your style and switched s--t/ Now you sound ridiculous." After dissing Everlast's guitar playing, singing, and age, Eminem also expresses the wish that the heart attack that Everlast suffered in 1998 had been fatal.
Not surprisingly, this doesn't rest particularly well with Everlast — who owns up to playing a role in starting the feud by dissing Eminem in a guest appearance on a remixed version of the Dilated Peoples' "Ear Drum Pop."
"Homeboy got his feelings hurt by some s--t I said," Everlast says. "Everybody's trying to fan the flames now. He made his song; I've got a little something for him on record. We're going to see what happens."
The unnamed record that Everlast refers to doesn't exist yet, however. "If I do something — which is more than an if — it's not going to be commercially released. It'll be sent out to hip-hop DJs or thrown up on Napster or something. It's kind of like a 'F--k you, too,' kind of deal.
"See, without beef, homeboy doesn't have anything," Everlast continues. "Controversy and beef are all he's got to hold on to. I'm going to respond in my hip-hop fashion; commercially and all that, I'm not too worried about it. Honestly, homeboy is beneath me, as far as I'm concerned.
"I'm going to handle what I've got to handle, and if Shorty wants to come and handle me, he can do it with his hands."
That might take some doing; Everlast — who just released his third solo album, Eat at Whitey's — is currently touring with Santana and will soon hop on the road with the Wallflowers, while Eminem is just starting his "Anger Management" tour with Limp Bizkit. The D-12 album, Devil's Night, is due out in the spring on Eminem's Shady/Interscope label.