A Comedian Roasted Eminem’s Flow, and Now Em Has Challenged Him to a Rap Battle
“Me and Chris D’Elia are gonna battle one day.”
Eminem has challenged an unlikely new nemesis to a rap battle: comedian Chris D’Elia.
Just how did this strange crossover come to be? We’ll need to rewind to September of last year, when the LA-based stand-up, actor and Congratulations podcast host dropped a viral impression of the word-bending flow Eminem exhibited his most recent album, Kamikaze.
D’Elia even followed up with a second Em imitation that’s more than a little reminiscent of his politically-charged freestyle from the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 6, 2019
Not only did Detroit’s “Rap God” praise the second parody by tweeting that “he actually thought it was him,” he included a sample of the original on his and Logic’s new single, “Homicide.”
D’Elia’s contribution cuts in after the dueling rappers’ lightning fast track concludes at about three minutes and 20 seconds—listen below:
Which brings us the pair’s newest development: Em’s call-out of D’Elia on Twitter:
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) May 7, 2019
“Me and @chrisdelia are gonna battle one day,” he wrote.
After Logic shared a photo of trio together, D’Elia responded by saying he was “born ready” and that he’d “bring the napkins,” in reference to the lyrics of his first impression.
Time and place? I’ll bring the napkins. https://t.co/mVBDspHdO8
— Chris D'Elia (@chrisdelia) May 7, 2019
This is clearly a friendly feud, and D’Elia made as much even more obvious in a recent Billboard interview
“My manager called me five or six days ago and said, ‘Listen, you know the rapper Logic?’ I was like, ‘Yeah I do,'” D’elia said.
“And he said, ‘Well Eminem has a new song coming out with him, and Eminem put you on the song, and they want to know if it’s okay?’ And I was like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me?'”
— El Compa Charlie (@GordoGames23) May 3, 2019
When D’Elia’s manager offered to get him paid for the sample, he shot down the idea and said that being featured on the song is a “huge honor.”
“I was like, ‘Nah, don’t do that, just give it to ’em, it’s fine,” D’Elia says. “I don’t care, man. It’s a huge honor. I have money coming in other ways. I don’t need that.”
All that said…who ya got?