Vibe and Irv Gotti has sparked much debate the past couple of weeks about who is hip hop’s greatest of all time. If you travel to the suburbs the answer would be really simple: Slim Shady. If you were to stroll through the hood you’d get a jambalayla of different MC’s from Nas to Jay-Z and from Big to Pac.
Currently no one seems to get the press that Eminem gets. His latest cd “Relapse” was excellent and will be a classic for years to come. The cd went platinum in no time… but is it getting any love in the hood? Probably not as much as tracks from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne or even 50 Cent.
So the real question is, is Eminem considered the top of the game because he’s truly a great MC or because he’s the greatest white MC to touch the mic?
Like Irv Gotti stated, would you really bump Hard Knock Life if Eminem was the MC slinging the lyrics? Would it even sound right?
Most hood minds say Eminem is a good lyricist but his songs are too gimmicky and sometimes outright silly. But the truth is those gimmicky and silly rhymes are selling like hotcakes. So what should being the greatest rapper qualifications consist of. Sales? Content? Swag?
Vibe’s semi-finals bracket consists of Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie and Eminem. Should Eminem even be there? Is Eminem really a better rapper than Nas, Mos Def or Lil’ Wayne? Does Vibe even have the credibility to make a bracket questioning the greatest rapper of all time? What method did they follow to make the brackets?
Anyone that has ever made a comment disagreeing with Slim Shady being the greatest of all time on a blog or website already knows the verbal lashing that follows.
So with an online following that Eminem has online, and votes based off of a web head count, Eminem is certainly guaranteed to win Vibe’s opinion-based tourney on being the greatest of all time.
But will the hood ever see Eminem as being the greatest of all time? Besides hip hop was born in the hood.