Appearing on Math Hoffa TV‘s My Expert Opinion, KXNG Crooked reflected on the time where he decided not to diss Eminem and Dr. Dre.
According to Crooked I, he was live on the radio with Ja Rule and Irv Gotti right around the time he had joined Death Row records. During the on-air session, Ja Rule played his diss record titled “Loose Change” aimed at Eminem and his daughter Hailey.
“He [Ja Rule] said uh some real crazy stuff about Em’s daughter and all that. He premiered it on the radio, and you know, it was lit, he was at it. And the host was like, ‘Yeah, so Crooked, you’re up next. You’re about to send some shots to Dre and Em, you got something for them?’ And I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not my beef. I just got over here, you know. I’m trying to make great music. I’m trying to bring that back to the W. That’s my focus. Yo, Dre is the greatest producer ever. Sounds like Em got bars and all that’.”
Years later after leaving Death Row records, Crooked received a phone call from Dre praising the West Coast rapper for remaining neutral. “He was like, ‘Yo, I heard you that night when you was on the radio. Me and Em was listening. And he was like, ‘Yo, you never took a shot. Every time they try to get you to shoot at me, you never did’. And he said, ‘I respect the fuck out of that. So, you know, you want to get down, holla at me.”
KXNG Crooked would eventually link up with Dre and signed with Eminem’s Shady Records as a member of Slaughterhouse. Fast forward to 2021 and it appears Crooked will appear on Dr. Dre’s “Detox” album. In February DJ Silk, the Grammy nominated Aftermath producer, leaked a snippet of the Dr. Dre and KXNG Crooked collab. The snippet has since been removed on YouTube.