Founding Hieroglyphics member Casual recently dissed Eminem in a track called “He Still Think He Rap God,” but why?
In a recent interview with HipHopDX, the Bay Area rap vet explained that he was the “Rap God” way before Em released his buzz-worthy single.
“Actually, He Think He Rap God, if they don’t know, was an album I dropped in 2011,” Casual explained. “I just reiterated it by doing it over Eminem’s ‘Rap God.’ Basically, I was just trying to make the brother aware that there is already a Rap God. You can’t do that. You can’t get aloof in hip-hop and get on this level where you so big above your peers and think that you thought of a new concept or try to come out with it and find out that one of your peers is already running that. Well, that’s a point of conflict.”
Despite the conflict, Casual celebrated Em’s skills as an emcee, calling him “remarkable”.
“Eminem is remarkable,” he said. “No one is trying to take anything from him, lyrically. It ain’t even about that. That’s not the circumstance. Eminem has done what he’s done in hip-hop. That’s untouchable.”
According to HHDX, Casual was criticized by some after taking shots at Em, saying he wasn’t prominent enough for the rap star to even know his name.
“It takes somebody of my caliber to even be able to put him in his place,” he said. “Eminem gave me his demo so anybody talking about, ‘Eminem don’t know who Casual is,’ is just foolish. They don’t know the intricacies of this industry. Straight up, but it’s like that. In Detroit, standing by the backstage when I was about to perform before he came out. Eminem [is] 42 [years old]. I’m 38. I came out at 17 years old… I got a record deal at 17 year old and he must’ve been 22 when he gave me his demo. So nobody can speak to what my prowess might look like to him. Hopefully, I’m still respected by Eminem and even more after I just rapped over his ‘Rap God,’ because he should know, like I said, the God is still here.”
As far as what his thought of Em’s demo, Casual said he was in awe.
“I remember,” he said. “This is one of the most remarkable demos I’ve ever heard. We hopped in a van leaving Detroit. He had it on a blue tape and we popped that blue tape in the van riding and the first song that came on was … It wasn’t Dre’s version of [The Slim Shady LP]. This was before he got with Dre…He was like, ‘I’m an M-80, you little like that Kim lady.’
“As soon as we heard that lyric, everybody in the van was like, ‘Oh,’ ” Casual added. “I’m not one of these artists who’s gon’ be like, trying to disrespect someone who I’m up against ’cause that’ll make me look so weak that I got time to go against a person who weak. Period. I ain’t got time.”