Kanye West released his ‘Donda’ album in August, and fans and rappers alike were ecstatic after such a long wait. On top of that, it was also a huge commercial success. However, it seems like Kanye West, along with other evolving artists, is repeating things that Eminem did 20 years back. Eminem is a very influential artist and some fans believe that Ye might owe a bag to Em.

Instead of releasing the album, Kanye held several listening parties for his “Donda” in November 2021. People were intrigued by the unusual event and praised Ye for taking the risk of literally bringing his childhood experience to life on stage in the shape of his childhood home.

Immediately, comparisons to Eminem and “The Marshall Mathers LP,” which also focused on working through and overcoming childhood traumas, were made. Some of the parallels, however, went unnoticed by the audience. And now, one of the astute fans made the obvious connection, recalling Em’s 2001 Anger Management tour, during which Em did exactly what Kanye did recently, built his childhood house on stage, donned a mask, and delivered his message.

The resemblance is striking. But, to be clear, this isn’t the first time that younger artists have taken a cue from Marshall. At least two recent live appearances were inspired by his MTV VMA performance with an army of doppelgängers.

Tyler the Creator had his dancers dressed as him run through the Grammys venue in 2020, just as Em did in 2000. And The Weekend also styled his dancers in a similar manner for his Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2021.

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