Note that a gun becomes a microphone, which he then uses to “steal the show,” literally, as though he is perpetrating a stick-up.
Even weirder coming from a rapper named “Canibus”
I like the point about the black eye, but it’s hard to see him acknowledging the quality of the original diss when the next line calls it “the worst rhyme I ever heard in my life.” I think Canibus would say it was more like a sucker punch.
Eminem was taped unloading an angry rant against a black ex, which included a few n-bombs. These tapes were later given to Source impresario Benzino, who tried (unsuccessfully) to use them to discredit Eminem.
Note also the insinuation that LL’s fanbase is fake and/or manipulated, like a studio audience responding pavlovically to a signal to applaud.
What actually happened is that LL wrote a “battle” verse to match Canibus', then told him he would change his if Bis did the same. Bis complied, but LL kept his verse the same (he didn’t make a new verse), presumably because he thought it was an especially good piece of writing, and that with Canibus' diss deleted, no one would know who it was aimed at. Canibus didn’t see it that way.
Resurrection references the 1994 album.
How about, “If Jeezy’s paying Lebron, I’m paying Damion James”?
Definitely a reference to doing a track with Jay-Z.
A sure reference to Nas, who accused Jay of biting his Illmatic style of rapping on Reasonable Doubt, since Jay rapped very differently in the early 90s. Jay’s point is that it is Nas who ripped off Jay’s mafioso style on It Was Written and the Firm. Both points have merit, though the mafioso style Nas adopted probably owed more to Raekwon and B.I.G. than Jay.