Eminem is the latest of many rappers to come forward and pay tribute to the late Canadian battle rapper Pat Stay. Stay was stabbed to death in Fairfax, Nova Scotia, early on Sunday morning in a vicious attack.
Stay was known predominantly as a battle rapper on the American and Canadian underground battle rap circuits. Known for his fantastic way with words and intricate rhymes, Stay was admired by many and was considered one of the best.
Eminem, who rose to fame through battle rapping and mixtapes, was one of the first artists to take to social media and pay tribute to the late Stay. Taking to Twitter, Eminem posted a brief Tweet reading, “Hip Hop lost one of the best battlers of all time. RIP @patstay … KINGS NEVER DIE!!”
According to details from the investigation thus far, Stay was involved in a late-night altercation at a Nova Scotia bar where he was stabbed. Shortly after the attack, he was taken to a nearby hospital but passed from the blood loss. Initially, Halifax regional police could not identify the victim, but Stay’s brother, Peter Stay, later confirmed the deceased’s identity.
Stay recently called out Compton rapper The Game in relation to his Eminem diss track ‘The Black Slim Shady’. Stay accused The Game of being “desperate” for Eminem’s attention, and in defence of fellow battle rapper Eminem released a diss track of his own directed at The Game simply entitled, ‘The Game DISS’.
Posting a music video for the diss track, in the description, Stay wrote, “After I called out Game a couple weeks ago and it view up all over the media, TMZ etc. I hit the studio and recorded this song, I’ve had it in the chamber for a good minute now and wasn’t going to release it unless he fired at me, but F it, this song goes too hard to not let y’all hear it. Plus the video is INSANE.”
You can view Eminem’s tribute tweet below.