Doing this list made me come to a few realizations, and some of them I tried to fight, but and the end of it all, I had to be honest with myself. We all have personal favorites and we also have artists we arenâ€™t the biggest fans of for various reasons. However, when it comes to making a greatest list, all of those feelings have to be thrown out the window, and you have to deal with facts. With that said, the next rapper to make my list wont be a popular pick, but it is the right one
Say what you want about the Detroit bred MC, but there are less than a handful of rappers in the history of the art form with near the raw talent he possesses, and doing it all while being the biggest name in rap history.
Material â€“ 7/10 â€“ While Eminemâ€™s catalog has had itâ€™s faults, it is still very underrated. Infinite was a solid comp. of material that had been released on the Detroit underground, that they made into an album. But he really showed his full abilities on the Slim Shady EP, when his new Slim Shady character established Eminem as one of the best rappers in the world. His best album is still the Marshall Mathers LP, and it displayed not all his ability to out rap his peers, he also had varying content (Before he drove the mother, daughter, drug shit into the ground), and told some great stories with comedy to boot. With that, heâ€™s also had some very weak ones, including Encore, which is the worst major release Iâ€™ve heard in 5 years.
Influence â€“ 6/10 â€“ His influence isnâ€™t really big in the mainstream, other than a few instances of people mimicking a line here and there, but itâ€™s really how big a hold he has on the white youth. Heâ€™s opened the door to make Hip Hop a much bigger deal to people who normally would never give it a opportunity, and opened up avenues for other artists to gain a bigger fan base.
Longevity â€“ 7/10 – Eminem has been rapping for nearly 15 years with any kind of notoriety, and today is the biggest rap artist in the world. His last album went double platinum in one of the worst climates for sales ever. His last album was a major improvement over Encore, and his recent displays of lyricism are some of the best in his career.
Skills â€“ 10/10 â€“ Say what you want about his content being played out, his albums not being as good as you want, but one thing is for certain, his skill level is elite. You canâ€™t come up with many artists that can rap on his level, mainstream or not. His wordplay when applied is top notch, all the other aspects like rhyme schemes, delivery, flow, are amongst the best to ever been heard. He is also a very good storyteller, as he has great imagery, and also adds in comedy to keep it entertaining and fresh.
Best Song: Stan
Best LP: Marshall Mathers LP