Lord Jamar, one-third of the legendary Hip Hop trio Brand Nubian, recently said in a VladTV interview “white people are guests in the house of Hip Hop.” This comment started some interesting debate in the Hip Hop community and many artists have publicly challenged his statements. Whether you are in agreement with Lord Jamar or not, one thing for certain is that Eminem is without a doubt a lyrical luminary and arguably the best rapper alive.
His out-of-this-world success in the late 90’s as a break out Hip Hop artist was partly manufactured by Dr. Dre, Paul Rosenberg, and Jimmy Iovine. The rest is just pure undeniable talent. MMLP2 is the follow up album to his 2000 album MMLP, and MMLP2 is a classic Eminem album; ultra-violent lyrics, over the top rage, hints of mental instability, and appalling misogyny, all carefully crafted into a multisyllabic rhyme flow that is beautifully monstrous.
Hard guitar strings accompany Berzerk, the lead single from the album, produced by Rick Rubin. Not exactly a hard-core Hip Hop record rather a commercial record that appeals to a larger demographic. Rap God is a smorgasbord of lyrical gluttony that any Hip Hop head can appreciate while Love Game ft. Kendrick Lamar is a playground for clever wordplay. Also, Don’t Front featuring Buckshot, a remake of Black Moon’s 1993 I Gotcha Opin, takes you on a nostalgic journey back to the Boom Bap.
The song that was most impressive and that shows Em’s growth is in Headlights where he apologizes to his mother for their tumultuous relationship. Ever since Slim Shady, his mother Deborah, has been at the mercy of his unrelenting anger. In Headlights he raps “But ma, I forgive you/ so does Nathan yo/ All you did, all you said/You did your best to raise us both.” All in all, this is a solid album. The songs on here aren’t the most memorable but Em is lyrically on point, as always.
While Lord Jamar may cringe at the fact that a white rapper is calling himself Rap God, it is with an objective viewpoint that we must take into consideration Em’s influence on Hip Hop and honestly ask ourselves, is someone who was seemingly born to be a Hip Hop icon ever a guest in our house?
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Written by: Eddie Bailey of The Savoy Media Group
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