Credited with popularizing hip hop in Middle America , Eminem's global success and acclaimed works are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music. While much of his transgressive work during the early s made him hugely controversial, he came to be a representation of popular angst and the American underclass. He has been influential for many artists of various genres and is often cited as one of the greatest rappers of all time. After the release of what was considered to be his final album, Encore , Eminem went on hiatus in partly due to a prescription drug addiction. Recovery was the best-selling album worldwide of , making it Eminem's second album, after The Eminem Show in , to be the best-selling album of the year worldwide. Eminem made his debut in the motion picture industry with the musical drama film 8 Mile , playing a fictionalized version of himself, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for " Lose Yourself ", making him the first hip hop artist to ever win the award. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records , with manager Paul Rosenberg , which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent , Yelawolf and Obie Trice , among others.
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They eschew the more viciously somber, rock-leaning character studies helmed by Em and his longtime Detroit collaborators Jeff and Mark Bass. When Eminem raps about violent, tragicomic death, he is furthering a grand murder-ballad tradition in folk and blues music. But for a poor, white, emotionally unstable MC to excel in hip-hop and not be viewed as a villainous buffoon, he must possess prodigious artistic gifts and a real commitment to personal transparency. Eminem has always been adept at running dizzying circles around his critics, nullifying attacks by embracing and one-upping them. On this anguished highlight from Recovery , Eminem unburdens himself with honest, plainspoken revelations. He says Eminem initially responded with a bar verse, so he returned with 50 and the ante kept being raised — 60, 62, 64 — until it ended up as a tune where each rapper goes for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds apiece.
Account Options Sign in. Top charts. New releases. Eminem To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation -- rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside -- and thanks to his mentor Dr.