Eminem has been oddly more interactive with the world in recent times. Perhaps it's the need for change or management demanding that he hop on TikTok but either way, he's giving fans a bit more insight into his otherwise private life.
At the wee hours of the morning, the rapper seemingly stumbled upon a video from No Life Shaq where the YouTuber DM'd several rappers requesting their pick for the greatest rapper of all time. Among the rappers that he DM'd is 6ix9ine, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and more, as well as Eminem. No Life Shaq admitted that he didn't expect Eminem to respond, though he said that was the only rapper he was eager to hear a response from.
"I had to try with Em. I had to try with Em. Of course, Em not gonna respond," he said. "That one kinda hurt my heart a lil bit because I wanted Em to say himself."
Though he never got a response on Instagram, Eminem did issue a response on Twitter with a list of rappers he'd consider GOATs but suffice to say the inclusion of Redman twice probably confirms that his position on the Def Squad member hasn't changed.
"For me, in no particular order... Toss up between wayne, pac, royce, jay, redman, treach, g. rap, biggie & king crook....," he wrote in one tweet. "Plus redman, LL, nas, joyner, kendrick, cole, andre, rakim, kane..."
Check out the tweets below.
Ludacris Shares His List Of Top Five Rappers With The Best Flows
Ludacris shared which rappers he feels have “undeniable flows” in the music game, but it wasn’t an easy decision.
He’s a crossover artist who is hailed as hip hop royalty with a sound and a style all his own. Ludacris has enjoyed a successful career in both music and film that has spanned over two decades, and when it comes to lyricism, he knows the ins and outs of what makes a good flow. During his recent appearance on XXL’s Hip-Hop Moments of Clarity, the rapper was asked to give his top five rappers with the most “undeniable flows,” and Ludacris called it “one of the greatest questions” he’d “ever been asked.”
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His first pick shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. “So, top five flows, man. Andre 3000 is going to be in there. I feel like he always challenges, always challenges. Imma put Kendrick Lamar in there as No. 2. Imma put J. Cole in there as being, like—right now, I’m thinking of people that are versatile and constantly trying to think of different flows that don’t pretty much have a set flow that they always do,” Ludacris said. Those are three. Imma go ’head and put Jay-Z in there, man. Jay-Z, you know, he does different things and he does experiment with different flows. And mostly, his different subject matter and how he’s able to weave through and be on a track with anybody. So that’s No. 4. Damn, man, No. 5.”
For the final position, Luda struggled with choosing between Lil Wayne and Eminem. “I was honestly gonna put Lil Wayne. Damn, this is hard because it’s like you got Lil Wayne… You got Eminem, but Imma have to go with Lil Wayne because the body of work and his consistency and he’s been in the game almost 30 years, bruh.” It seems that he was paying attention to living rappers, so Ludacris added Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. and honorable mentions. Do you agree with his list?
RJ Payne Addresses Eminem’s Praise & Those Who Say His Co-Sign Doesn’t Mean Anything
During Eminem's chat with Lil Wayne last month, he shouted out RJ Panye as an under the radar rapper who's killing it. Wayne agreed that Payne was one to watch.
Payne acknowledged The GOATs co-sign during a discussion with Mikey T The Movie Star of Report Card Radio. After he did, he pushed back on those who don't think getting that kind of shout out from Eminem was a big deal.
"I don’t know if it’s a new generation or if it’s just the way the world is that we don’t value sh*t or we don’t value anything until it’s not here no more, but I know who Eminem is and I know all the records he broke. So for him to acknowledge me on my level, just the punchlines and hardcore rap – I give him all respect in the world because he didn’t have to be paying attention to RJ Payne," Payne said.
He added that the co-signs from Eminem and Lil Wayne just made him more hungry.
"The day that the footage came out I shot a video 24 hours later and put that sh*t out. Eminem had seen the video, I got the confirmation he’d seen the video. I just want to work harder. I was already a workhorse, I put out seven projects per year before Marshall came along. So now when I know he’s watching or Wayne’s watching, man, I’ll probably put out more projects than anybody in the rap game. I’m hungry as hell. I should be writing and rapping right now, I only stopped putting together my merch and working on my album to do it with you. If you’ve seen my freestyle, if you’ve seen what I just put out Animal, kind of just summing up who I am for the people who might not know who I was before Eminem gave me the shout out, that’s what you can expect. Expect the highest quality lyrics, the dopest production possible. Don’t expect no deep records, don’t expect none of that because right now I want people to know Eminem wasn’t wrong. I want people to know that Lil Wayne is listening because it is some dope sh*t and it’s not what everybody else is doing. Don’t expect to tune in and hear RJ Payne doing a trap record or none of that. Expect what I’ve been doing but just times 30."
Eminem’s "Music To Be Murdered By" Hits One Billion Spotify Streams
Eminem's "Music To Be Murdered By" continues to rack up streams, pushing past one billion on Spotify.
Before 2020 took a plummeting nosedive into chaos and tragedy, it seemed to be kicking off on a high note -- at least within the rap game, as Eminem came through with the surprise album Music To Be Murdered By. Viewed by many as a triumphant victory lap for the legendary emcee, Em's Hitchcock-inspired project proved doubly exciting thanks to a musical reunion with his longtime friend and mentor Dr. Dre. Boasting tracks like "Darkness," "Godzilla," "Marsh," and the Anderson .Paak assisted "Lock It Up," Em's tenth studio album provided something for everybody.
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It's no wonder the album has gone on to become a fan-favorite, and while Em has always been a commercial juggernaut, it's insane to see the numbers he's still running after twenty-years deep. According to the findings of Chartdata, Music To Be Murdered By has officially surpassed over a billion streams on Spotify. Given that's only one of the digital streaming platforms, the statistics are all the more impressive; expect platinum plaque certifications to follow, further decoration for Em's already stacked wall.
Given that the current cultural climate is rightfully somber, it's difficult to imagine that Em will be releasing any further singles from Music To Be Murdered By anytime soon. Still, many fans have been circling back to a Revival track, "Untouchable," which covers themes of police brutality and systemic racism. Clearly, the people still hold Em's word in high regard, to the point where he remains one of hip-hop's biggest draws. Have you been keeping his latest album on steady rotation?
Eminem Joins Black Out Day & Shuts Down Shady Records
Eminem is closing Shady Records for Black Out Tuesday, announcing ways people can help out themselves.
The music industry is standing in solidarity with the rest of the world, shutting down for one day as part of a Black Out initiative to help prevent social injustice and racial inequality. With protests taking place across the world, this is the music industry’s way of contributing to mass efforts against racism in America.
Black Out Tuesday is taking place tomorrow, June 2, 2020, and Eminem has officially announced that Shady Records will take a stand against social issues in America by participating.
“Shady Records will join in the observance of Black Out Tuesday on June 2, 2020,” wrote Em on Instagram. “On this day we will dedicate our time and efforts to help prevent social injustice and explore ways to assist in the fight against racial inequality.”
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Eminem attached a few resources that people can use to educate themselves on what’s happening, as well as ways for people to get involved the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and more.
“Join us in fighting for change,” added the rapper in his caption.
The legendary spitter has also addressed the continued threat of the coronavirus in Detroit, recording a message about how the city can stick together to stay safe in the wake of pandemic.
Big ups to Eminem for sticking with his community and doing what’s right on Black Out Tuesday.
Eminem Calls On Detroit To Rally Against COVID-19
During a recent event highlighting Detroit's upcoming census, Eminem offered a few inspirational words in the face of COVID-19.
The fight against COVID-19 isn't over. In fact, the virus has continued to run rampant throughout North America, with many states and provinces gradually relaxing their previously imposed restrictions. And while protests have been ongoing throughout both the United States and Canada, a passionate fight against systemic racism and police brutality, the lingering threat of COVID-19 should not be forgotten.
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Over the weekend, Eminem took it upon himself to remind his fellow Detroit residents that while Coronavirus may be a daunting foe, it can be conquered. To further inspire his fellow citizens, he made sure to call upon the Detroit state of mind during a guest appearance at the digital "Everybody vs. COVID-19" event, as organized by the city of Detroit. The aim of the event was to raise awareness about the upcoming census, as Em made sure to explain.
"Detroit isn't just a city, it's also a feeling. A hustle. A state of mind," says Em, in a pre-recorded message. "Detroit is a city where we fight for what we believe in. We don't take shit lying down. And COVID-19 is no different. We got some work to do in order to stay safe. But one way is that we have to be counted. And the CENSUS is your way to do just that. So this month, we gotta bring the city together man."
DMX Dismisses Lloyd Banks’ Entire Career and Existence
DMX got together today with Fat Man Scoop on Instagram Live and made it clear he doesn't think Lloyd Banks is lyrical or any good.
Scoop, of course, brought up the Verzuz battle DMX wants to have with JAY-z
"I'm not worried about anyone, my catalog crazy," X said. "I ain't never lost a battle," he added after Scoop brought up the notorious poolhall battle he had with Hov.
A bit after that Scoop listed his top 50 emcees lyrically
He threw out names like Nas, Rakim, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, KRS, Fabolous, Big L, Eminem and Lil Wayne.
In the middle of all that, he dropped the name Lloyd Banks. DMX stopped him in his tracks
"Lloyd Banks? Lyrical?" X wondered, incredulously.
"Lloyd Banks of course," Scoop shot back. "He had some of the illest lines ever."
"Quote four bars. Impress me with four bars of his," X shot back. "It shouldn't be hard. Four bars ... give me two."
Jump to the nine-minute mark to hear DMX eject Lloyd Banks from any discussion of greatness.
Twista Finally Took The Eminem Godzilla Speed Rap Challenge
Back when Eminem set a new Guinness world record for fastest rap with his Music To By Murdered By cut 'Godzilla', everyone was wondering "What about Twista?"
We thought we were going to get that answer three months ago when Twista accepted Shady's 'Godzilla' challenge. But it turned out the challenge was only for amateurs and was for lip-synching, not spitting.
Nevertheless, three months later, Twista has gone full speed with his own verse over the "Godzilla" beat.
I feel like rapping fast today #GodzillaChallenge— Twista Lifetime Ep Available Now!! (@TWISTAgmg) May 29, 2020
I’m going to do this #GodzillaChallenge in under a min and put it right out 🌪🌪🌪— Twista Lifetime Ep Available Now!! (@TWISTAgmg) May 29, 2020
Who did it better, Twista or Em?
Eminem Shouts Out Killer Mike’s Protest Speech: "Incredibly Well Done"
Eminem gives out shout out to Killer Mike during the nation-wide protests in the wake of George Floyd's death.
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"I’m with @killermike on this one. Incredibly well done," Eminem wrote.
In the video, Killer Mike joins T.I., Dr. Bernice King and Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to encourage rioters to stop destroying their home-city.
“I got a lot of love and respect for police officers down to the original eight police officers in Atlanta that even after becoming police, had to dress in a YMCA because white officers didn’t want to get dressed with n*ggers,” he said. “Here we are 80 years later, I watched a white officer assassinate a black man and I know that tore your heart out. I have nothing positive to say in this moment, because I don’t want to be here.
“I am duty-bound to be here to simply say it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize and mobilize.”
Check out the full speech here.
Tech N9NE Addresses Fat Joe Saying Eminem Can’t be Touched In Verzuz
Last week, Fat Joe said that DMX wouldn't stand a chance against Eminem in a Verzuz battle and suggested nobody would, because of Shady's fervent fanbase.
"There's something about that white boy, and his fans. Nah bro. That n*gga's David Koresh. That n*gga different," Fat Joe explains. "Eminem was hot when we came out. His fans from day one when he was making "Stan" and all of that are 40, 45 years old. These white people they teach their kids who are ten years old that Eminem is the greatest. You go to the airport ten years are playing his hits ... they keep teaching their kids that he's the man."
Tech N9NE, who a serious music head, was asked about that. He agreed that DMX isn't a good matchup for Em. But he didn't agree that Shady can't be touched. [Jump to 3 minutes]
"Who could battle Eminem," Tech wondered. "Because Eminem can go from the to the mid-90s all the way up to now with "Godzilla". All the Rihanna songs. All the Ed Sheeran songs. The song with Trick Trick ... He can go forever. He can go to D12. He can use his different personalities, like Slim Shady, Marshall Mathers, Eminem, whatever. He can go on forever. Somebody else that can go on forever ... JAY-Z. So Eminem and JAY-Z. JAY-Z's gonna knock him out with the clubbers [like "Dirt Off Your Shoulders.] JAY-Z and Eminem would be a good one. It's gonna be different. You know the thing with Nelly and Ludacris when Ludacris had the club bangers and Nelly had the going-diamond music. That's kind of how it would maybe be with Eminem and JAY-Z because they both got mega-hits," Tech explained.
As for DMX, Tech has all the respect in the world for the Dark Man. He just doesn't think he did it long enough
"DMX, got a lot of them. But when you get up to now though. To go against Eminem you got to sustain from then to now," TECH explained.