Eminem Claps Back at Melle Mel’s White Rapper Comments on Shady Records Signee Ez Mil’s “Realest”

Earlier this year, the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five legend said Em is only considered a top-five rapper ever because he's white.

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Ahead of the release of his forthcoming album DU4LI7Y: REDUX, Shady Records signee Ez Mil taps Eminem for his new single "Realest."

The track is highlighted by a guest feature from Em, who uses the track's closing verse to address Melle Mel's comments from earlier this year.

Back in March, Melle Mel ripped Em's No. 5 placement on Billboard’s recent list of the Top 50 Rappers of All Time, saying the Detroit rapper is only ranked that high because he's white.

“Obviously he’s a capable rapper. If you was talking about sales, he’s sold more than everybody. If you were talking about rhyme style, okay he got a rhyme style. But he’s white. He’s white!” Melle Mel said during an appearance on the Art of Dialogue podcast. “So now if Eminem was another n***a like all the rest of us, would he be Top 5 on that list when a n***a that could rhyme just as good as him is 35? That had records and all that? He’s 35. He’s white.”

On "Realest," Eminem fires back at the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five rapper.

“Hip Hop has been good to me, huh/But when they say that I’m only Top 5 ’cause I’m white, why would I be stunned?” Eminem raps. “My skin color’s still working against me/‘Cause second, I should be, to none/Bein’ white being why they put me at five/That’s why they can’t put me at one.”

Later, Em mentions calls out Melle Mel by name while referencing his alleged steroid use.

“Shoutout to Furious Five and Grandmaster Flash, but boy/There’s someone who really is furious/Stay out his path, his wrath avoid/ It’ll be the last to toy with a juice head whose brain is half destroyed, like a meteor hit it/Now with Melle Mel, he lost his ass to ‘roids.”

The track arrives on the heels of Ez Mil's recent signing with Shady Records, as well as Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope. The Filipino rapper will drop the deluxe edition of his 2022 album on Aug. 11.

Alongside the release of "Realest," Ez Mil credited Em with inspiring him at a young age. "Eminem’s been an inspiration to me growing up," the Las Vegas-based rapper shared. "This song means a lot to me because my biggest dream was to watch Eminem perform live–and for me to have a track with him is beyond crazy and I’m always going to be grateful."

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