Hotstylz: Why We Dissed Eminem’s Daughter

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November 11, 2013 11:35 AM ET

Chicago rappers Hotstylz don't have any regrets about dissing Eminem's daughter on their song "Rap Fraud" that accuses the Detroit MC of illegally interpolating their lyrics and music.

Raydio G, Krazee and Meatball recorded "Rap Fraud" because Eminem used lyrics and music from their 2008 song "Lookin' Boy" on his "Marshall Mathers LP 2" song "Rap God."

On "Rap Fraud," Hotstylz not only explain what prompted the beef, they take shots at Eminem's drug problems and his daughter, Hailie Scott, rapping, "I see Hailie with kneepads is the [sic] clean? And she the prom queen, the king was fat. I think your daughter just became a rat."

Krazee said his rhymes about Hailie did not cross the line.

"You got to look at Eminem. Eminem has based his career on talking about other people," he said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Music. "I seen somebody on Twitter saying, 'You can't talk about somebody's daughter like that,' but Eminem has been talking about somebody's daughter for the longest, even his mom or his wife, ex-wife, whatever the case may be. … To me, I don't think that's below the belt because we were basically mimicking him and that's something he would do himself."


The comical "Rap Fraud" further mimics Eminem by using instrumentals and rap styles from five of his rap songs, "Superman," "My Band," "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and "Ass Like That."

Because of the extent of the interpolation – the reworking of 13 lines and use of the "Lookin' Boy" instrumental – Hotstylz believes some sort of acknowledgment should have been made.


Though Hotstylz was initially honored that Eminem referenced their song, their reaction turned to insult. "If you don't put that it was an interpolation, sample from Hotstylz in your album credits or you don't reach out and make it public … you [are going to] think it's Eminem's sh-t," Raydio G told Yahoo Music. "That's why we felt like it was more like theft than paying homage."

During the 27-minute interview, Hotstylz said that they are not suing Eminem, freestyled the song in Raydio's car, and have received death threats via Twitter from fans of the platinum rapper.

Spokespersons for Eminem's record company have not yet responded to Yahoo Music's request for comment.

Additionally, post the success of the "Lookin' Boy" hit, the trio has achieved acclaim for writing sketches for Comedy Central's "Key And Peele," executive producing the Funny Or Die segment "Every Little Step with Mike Tyson & Wayne Brady," among others.


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