Earlier this week, N.O.R.E., the former rapper and current host of the Drink Champs podcast, took to Instagram to share the news that Slim Shady is keen on the idea of going hit-for-hit with DMX as part of Timbaland and Swizz Beatz's Instagram Live Verzuz series.
Under a photo of him and X playing Jenga, N.O.R.E. relayed that Swizz Beats called X to let him know that Eminem "is down for that smoke." In response, X said Em "can get" the smoke, though he apparently still wants to face-off against Jay.
N.O.R.E. confessed that he'd take "the dog," referring to DMX's nickname, and for good reason. He's the only living rapper to have released two multi-platinum albums, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, in the same year.
Yet, some of the other career stats for these two artists suggest the battle could lean in Eminem's favor. When looking at their Hot 100 history, Eminem has nearly six times as many placements as X, as well as 22 top 10 hits. DMX has none.
Later, while discussing this potential battle with N.O.R.E., DJ EFN and Lenny S, Fat Joe explained why he believes Eminem may come out on top.
"I don't think nobody can fuck with Eminem. Nobody," Joe said near the 45-second mark in the video above.
"DMX got the biggest hits in the world, one of the greatest rappers of all time. Legendary, iconic, superhero. And everything I'm saying is understating him, he's bigger than that. But there's something about that white boy and his fans – nah bro, you want to see something cracking the internet? That n***a David Koresh n***a, that n***a different!"
Joe also offered an anecdote highlighting Eminem's work ethic, remembering a time when the Detroit rapper sent him "30 different takes" of his verse for the "Lean Back" remix.
"Eminem's the only guy who sent me the 'Lean Back' remix, he sent me that same verse 30 different times," Joe said. "Saying it with a different tone, a lighter tone. He wouldn't make up his mind – 30 different takes and verses! The same verse! Different flows, different highs, lows. I don't know what to tell you, this dude is such a perfectionist."