I'm Nicer than Pete but I'm on a Serch to crush a Miilkbone
I'm Everlast-ing, I melt Vanilla Ice like silicone
White rappers were still more novelty than norm before Eminem blew-up, so he makes it a point to differentiate himself from the pack on his first album. In just two lines, Em makes it clear how he felt about nearly every white rapper of note who had come before him, with the notable exception of The Beastie Boys (although he does shout out the Beasties on another track off of this album).
These two lines give props to Pete Nice and MC Serch from 3rd Bass, two white rappers respected as lyricists. He also shouts out Everlast here (even though their relationship would eventually sour). But he simultaneously disses Miilkbone and Vanilla Ice, whose gimmicky styles gave white rappers like him a bad name. Each of them responded — Miilkbone’s “Presenting Miilkbone” and “Dear Slim”; Vanilla Ice’s “Exhale” and “Hip Hop Rules.”
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