Even though he ran out of Bad Boy records to sample from the 90s, dude successfully nails why Jay-Z > Eminem
Black Album > anything Eminem has done post-Marhsall Mathers LP
Hell, Blueprint 2 > anything Eminem has done post-Marshall Mathers LP
American Gangster soundtrack > Relapse
I think the problem with Jay was that he became the Shaq of hip hop: so utterly unstoppable for so long, people took him for granted. From ’99-’04 Shaq was the most physically dominant basketball player I’ve ever seen.
1 stinkin’ MVP award for his career.
I remember during Shaq’s heyday, the Sixers trotted out Theo Ratliff at center. If he scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, people were jumping out of their chairs! That’s a line Shaq would put up in 7 minutes against the Clippers.
Eminem was literally Steve Nash–white boy done good who gets overacclaimed for a short burst of greatness. Yes, the Suns were fun and fast-paced. Yes, Nash was the leader of a team winning 60 games and nearly making the Finals. But the fact that Steve Nash won an MVP award scoring 16ppg is absurd. And the fact that he has more MVP’s for a career than Big Cactus is asinine.
Bottom line is that Eminem’s catalogue, influence, and dominance in hip hop is akin to those 2 years when the Suns were the hottest ticket in the NBA: definitely memorable, but should never be placed over the clear cut dominant players who did it year in and year out.
My overall issue is this: Why is it uncool now to just pronounce Jay the King? What HASN’T he done? Bar for bar, song for song, who touches him over the span of a career as long as his? It’s not the guy who at 35 years old just dropped an album about getting raped by his stepfather and namedropping Jessica Alba, Sarah Palin, and Tony Romo, I don’t care how dope his verse in “Renegades” was.