On Mar 6, two well-respected Hip-hop artists addressed Melle Mel’s comments about Eminem. In the video, both Papoose and Fat Joe clarified that Eminem’s status on the Billboard 50 best rappers list and his respect most certainly comes from his undisputed talent.
The Item Of Dispute
Billboard recently released their rankings of the top 50 greatest rappers. Atop the ranking was Eminem, who took the number five spot, a position that some questioned. Melle Mel was a powerful voice opposing Mathers’s placement at the top. While Melle Mel did not deny Mathers’s talent, he argued that his placement had less to do with it. From his perspective, his standing had more to do with the phenomenon that Eminem was White and demonstrated such talent. In Mel’s words,
“If Eminem was just another n**** like all the rest of us, would he be top five on the list? When a n**** that can rhyme as good as him is [number] 35.”
Does Melle Mel’s Argument Have Validity
Mel’s argument specifically claims Eminem’s success is not because of his talent but of who he is. This argument is full of conjecture. His argument indicates; Marshall Mather’s ranked highly by default due to his phenotypical divergence. In other words, he is fly because he is a “White guy.” This is further supported by Mel’s statement,
“Eminem gets a top spot because he’s white.”
Since this is reality and we don’t live in Hypotheticals, that can’t be proven.
Divided Opinions On Melle Mel’s Perspective
Not everyone shares Mel’s sentiments. In fact, Fat Joe and Papoose let it be known that they don’t feel the same. According to Papoose,
“Even though Eminem is Caucasian, you cannot front on his skill set. You cannot deny that skill set!”
And Joe echoed Papoose’s sentiment. Of course, these aren’t the only artists who have said their pieces. More than a few have weighed in; it is a perspective on which many are divided. However, one thing both Papoose and Joe made clear was their admiration of Melle Mel and his incredible contribution to the industry. Thus making it knowns that their perspectives weren’t a dismissal of Mel’s perspective but a difference of opinion.
Eminem dons the title “rap god,” but not for nothing.
Above all, Eminem is an incomparable lyricist. This is a fact that research has supported. According to Hip hop 24/7, when it comes to developing unique lyrics, here’s the breakdown,
“With 8,818 unique words used, Eminem led the list, followed by Jay Z with 6,899, the late Tupac Shakur with 6,569, and West with 5,069.”
This was a record for which Eminem was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2015. When it comes to delivery, Mathers stands in a class of his own. Besides, this is not the first time he’s made it in the list of best rappers. A Jan 2023 article in Complex printed a list of best rappers for every year. Eminem’s name was listed for 2000 and 2002.
Without a doubt, Eminem’s talent speaks for itself and is undoubtedly more significant than any external factors present. Looking beyond his personal perspective, it is evident that even the world acknowledges Eminem’s artistry. According to another article in Complex,
“Eminem’s been nominated 505 times for various awards, winning 340 times, including 13 Grammy’s and an Academy Award. He has sold over 42 million tracks and 49.1 million albums in the United States, and 100s of millions of albums worldwide.”
That is impressive and yet only a small component of Eminem’s achievements.
Everyone has a perspective. In the grand scheme of things, a hypothesis is a personal ideology. A theory cannot be argued because every hypothesis has a countermand. So, in this case, all one can go on is the facts. And the evidence is in.
Written by Renae Richardson
Edited by Nikita Serdiuk
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