The feud between Eminem and ICP goes back to 1995.
It started like this :
Eminem was having a little party in Detroit and he wanted to be recognized. So he used a flyer when he put « ALSO AN APPEARENCE BY ICP…maybe ». Violent G, one of te ICP members , saw the flyer and told Eminem to « fuckoff ».
Eminem retaliated in a funny way. He told everybody that ICP didnt attend to his party, because he chased them with paintball guns. Appearently that actually happened when Eminem and his fellows from the D12 group saw ICP coming out of a club one nignt. He and his D12 members chased them and shot at their van with a paintball gun. Of course, ICP denied those facts, because it made them look like real cowards in front of the whole world.
But the beef between them increased in 1998 when Eminem made an appearence at the Howard Stern Show where he was asked about his opinion on locals Detroit stars. He made ICP look ridiculous by answering : «Who ? Them, oh yeah, we used to beat their asses all the time back in the day. »
ICP were invited the following day on the same show. Violent J, who was offended by Eminems statements (you bet !) replied : « We dont even know that bitch ! »
ICP released two diss tracks against Eminem « Slim Anus » and « Nothing but a bitch thing. ». Slim Shady wasnt late in responding. In the « Marshall Mathers Lp », he says about his rival group : « “Slim Anus,” you damn right, Slim Anus
I don’t get fucked in mine like you two little flaming faggots! ».
The answer to the « Slim Anus » diss makes ICP look more ridiculous than ever. A battle thant ICP seems to take very seriously but that amuses Eminem who doesnt take them seriously as real artists.
He enjoys making fun of them (who wouldnt ?).
« There’s a difference between realness and an act, and they’re an act, and they know they’re an act, and they even say they’re an act, they even say they’re cornballs, they admit it.
I don’t think I take the beef as seriously as they do, because I don’t consider them artists. They look at me as an artist. I think they get more uptight about it. I can look at them and laugh. They can’t do anything to me. What can they do to me? They have no credibility, no respect, no talent, they have nothing. All they can do is diss me vocally, they can’t diss me lyrically. There’s nothing they can do to me as far as the music goes. I don’t take it as seriously as they do and I think that frustrates them. I think it’s funny. »
One of Eminems qualities is to use even dramatic events in his life to humor himself and to make people laugh. During his « Up In Smoke Tour », Eminem was using an ICP puppet to make fun of the group, just after the incident with Douglas Dail ICP member. The puppet was supposed to give him a blowjob , confirming that « it was all good between ICP and him. »
The ICP group has also been dissed in the Ken Kaniff skit from the Marshall Mathers LP where Shaggy to Dope and Violent J are sucking Ken Kaniffs dick.
The lastest ICP disses appear in the song « Business » from the Eminem Show :
Lets get down to business.
I don’t got no time to play around what is this
Must be a circus in town,
lets shut the shit down on these clowns.
Can I get a witness? HELL YEAH! ”
Nothin’ but clowns down here
but we ain’t fuckin around round here, yo Dre. . .
What up? Can I get a Hell? Hell Yeah!/ Now… »
There is also an allusion to ICPs « dark carnival » : « Id like to welcome you to Marshall and Andres carnival. »
Besides the fact ICP dont like Eminem, we may doubt that thay can be taken seriously as artists, their disguises make them look ridiculous and their lyrics appear to be rather weak. They cannot even pretend to be in competition with the talented rapper.