Eminem challenged by Rick Ross: Who'd you rather see in a rap battle?

Rickrosseminem_lSo Rick Ross wants to battle Eminem, eh? Ha. Hahahahaha. I guess that would be an improvement of sorts over Ross’ current feud with Em’s pal 50 Cent, which may or may not be the world’s first Web 2.0 rap beef, but is certainly one of the world’s most boring. The fun wouldn’t last long, though. Here’s how this would go if it ever happened: Rick Ross would call Eminem old. Then Eminem would lyrically demolish him. Ross just put out a very solid album, and Eminem’s most recent material has been sorta subpar, but Ross on his best day is simply not coming close to Em on his worst in terms of mic skills. (Ross probably knows this — he also told MTV that he’d like to land a guest verse on Em’s Relapse if the whole battle thing doesn’t happen. Huh?)

What the Ross-Mathers matchup would be missing is the crucial element of evenly matched competitors. It’s just not that much fun watching two artists of different talent levels going at it. As long as we’re talking totally theoretically, I’d much rather see Eminem battle someone like, say, Jay-Z — another lyrical heavyweight who’s faced sideways talk from some quarters about his advancing age. That face-off will never happen, because as far as I know Jay and Em are on friendly terms, and besides, Jay considers himself above petty conflicts. But you can’t deny it would result in some must-hear music. As for Ross? If he really wants to battle someone who makes sense, a natural rival who’s working in the same niche as he is, may I suggest he pick an on-record fight with Andy Samberg?

I kid, I kid! (Sort of.) But you tell me: Which rap stars would you like to see declare lyrical war? Or are you completely over the idea of rap beefs?

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addCredit(“Ross: Mike Coppola/FilmMagic; Eminem: Theo Wargo/WireImage.com”)


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  • Jen

    “Then Eminem would lyrically demolish him.”
    lol, obviously. but seriously, the rap beef thing is stupid, which the dudes who’ve been in the game long enough have realized. and i know Em’s over that mess ever since what he went through with Ja Rule. Ross just wants attention, and like you said, a guest verse on Relapse.

  • Cole

    I would love to see Eminem battle against Lupe Fiasco

    • Ray

      that would be a raw matchup

  • Joof

    Yes eminem would more then demolish him, it would be like killing a flee with a sledgehammer.

    • bubu

      he ainT qone win aqaisnt lil wayne weezy qon eat that boy upp like he did 50 dont none of these rappers wanna see wayne!!!!!!! the best rapper alive

      • austin

        lil wayne dont mess with eminem,because eminem crushed him in a song hope u know that.

  • Stuart

    Ok rap beefs are overrated these days…but nas is difinitely one that can perform in rap battles.

  • anthony

    Em would verbally slaughter Rick Ross. The officer is just doing it to get attention on his new album..he knows Em would kill him w/ just one rhyme

    • Mohammed

      Your right rick ross would be dead after eminem won and killed him! Anyway eminem is awsome at rap battles!

    • bubu

      hellnawl eminem might win buT not dhat easy!!!! he aint that qreat

      • zane

        ok obviously u havnt heard eminem rap…lyricaly em is just the best in the hip hop industry…and freestyle battles…rick ross cant even freestyle…even if he tried he simply sucks and doesnt make sense somtimes…ross got nothin on em…its like drake trying to freestyle..which jus sucks…but i kno people are just patiently waiting for Em to say somthin back to ross…

  • anthony

    I’d like to see a real MC like
    Common battle a new “rapper” like Soulja Boy just to put all this bad hip hop in it’s right place…in the trash

  • Eminem = Poser

    I doubt Eminem would battle him; Rick Ross is black if you didn’t notice… Eminem likes ripping pop stars, you know the real thugs.

    • kieran

      U mean popstars like ja rule? like icp? like limp bizcuit (ok ill give it to u wit him…i wudnt call that popstars

  • mark in nyc

    I would like to see a real lyrics battle for old white dudes.
    Maybe James Taylor vs Paul Simon?

  • outside agitator

    let the battle rage! whose drum machine is better? who can rhyme profanities better? whose “music” will be forgotten in 20 years like Run DMC and Public Enemy? these bozos.

    • bubu

      ii wanna see lil wayne vs eminem but em aint no competition 2 lil wayne the thinqs he say isx wack an if he was black he will qet lauqhed at wear im from!!!!!

  • MisterHate

    I would rather see both of them do a long rap off of a short pier. Blah.

  • Channing

    Eminem would slaughter him.

  • Marxxx

    Rick Ross is lame, if you want to see him really get demolished, look up Murs vs Rick Ross on youtube. Murs murders him and Eminem would too… even though Em;s been sucking it up too… Yeah we get you can make anything rhyme when you do a silly voice! True, though Ross just wants publicity… a battle or a guest spot… LAME!!!!

  • chris

    to the dude who said em won’t go at him cause ross is black. Your a lame dog. Look back, canibus, benzino(half), the only white dude he went at is whitey ford, we know how that went. And we also know he ripped canibus. You REALLY think he wont go at ross? Especially to promote his album? He’s letting ross’ album sell out majority before he gives him the spotlight when he demolishes him. Then the RELAPSE gets promoted. Think about it. Moron. Not to mention 50, dre’s and eminems SECOND round later this year. It’s strategy. And the three headed monster is the mastermind. Watch.

  • Dustin

    Rick Ross versus Brett from Flight og the Conchords

  • Queen B

    The only real competition Eminem has is TI; Lil Wayne; Kanye and Jay Z. Any battle involving anyone else is a joke.

    • EAchankre

      None of those guys except for Jay Z can say anything to Eminem. Even Jay has to be careful cause Eminem could destroy him too, but he would never do that to his friend.

      • bubu

        you crazy as hell lil wayne will murder eminem an jayz will muder eminem dude is lame as hell he’s always trina sound mad when he raps lil wayne has more music an more awards than both of them!!!! so therefore they need 2 holla at wayne

    • bubu

      u right

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