Eminem’s success and popularity is unquestionable. He’ll be mentioned time and again when people bring up the topic of the best rappers in the world. With a litany of platinum-selling albums, awards and accolades to his credit, this young Detroit rap superstar is still at the top of his game.
No one has come close to the success of Slim Shady in the past two decades or so, and his commercial success continues to attain epic proportions every time. His cultural reach has been humongous since the early 2000s, and the industry has accepted him as the ‘king of rap’.
Gucci has a different take
A certain Mr. Gucci however balks at the notion of considering him a king and has sparked a bit of a controversy with his comments recently during an appearance on Rickey Smiley’s morning show.
Not one who would ever mince his words, Gucci went on to question Eminem’s claim to the throne. When asked whether or not Eminem should be considered as the ‘king of rap’, the Atlanta rapper was quick to reply.
You gotta come with a better name. I ain’t playing Eminem in my car. You play him in yours? You sliding around playing Eminem in your car with your old lady?
“I know the king of rap, me!” he had added. His comment has created quite a stir and commentators have a lot to say on this. Several sites have ran this story and the controversy does not seem to be dying any time soon.
The ‘white’ privilege
Although Em’s fame and popularity is undeniable, a certain section of black hip-hop fans haven’t really been that invested considering that a lot has changed on the hip-hop front in the past decade or so. His popularity is also being attributed to his ‘white’ status and his increasingly large white fan base.
Rolling Stone may have crowned him the king in 2011 and the staggering number of awards and nominations definitely prove him to be one but looks like there are differing views on his claim to the title.
Reactions pour in
Stefan Grant was quick to agree with Gucci and said, “Gucci is me. I don’t know any regular black people who just ride around listening to Eminem in their free time. Or ever, really. #TooManyNapkins.” With Em’s over 220 million global record sales, his fans are shocked with Gucci’s bitter remarks. Many slammed him. “Aye guwop @gucci1017 sell 100 million albums worldwide before you speak on the king @Eminem,” said an evidently angry Twitter user while “So this is why you had to use Eminem’s name to finally be relevant huh? @gucci1017 Listen to Kamikaze for brain cells bitches,” said another.
Slim Shady’s tenth studio album, Kamikaze took the world by storm and is touted as one of his very best. It earned platinum status and climbed its way to the top of the Official UK Albums Chart and made history by holding on to its number one spot.
With such a strong hold on the albums chart as well as people’s minds, we don’t think Gucci’s opinions even matter. What say guys?