50 Cent is a well-known rapper in the hip-hop world. He is also famous for picking fights with everyone. However, it appears that Fif has a soft spot for Eminem. 50 recently claimed that, despite his many accolades, Eminem is underappreciated for his true impact on hip-hop culture and its global reach.
Fif stopped by Ebro In The Morning on Tuesday, October 18. He talked about his current TV project, Hip-Hop Homicides, and why he feels the rap game is just getting more violent. “The violence has always been in those communities,” he said.
It’s just now, the visibility of it is there and it connects to Hip Hop culture. Because look, we the fastest growing genre of music. You can’t miss us.
This is when he brought up Eminem, who celebrated his 50th birthday on October 17th. Fifty added that the Detroit icon made hip-hop more accessible, allowing the music and culture to reach new heights. “I don’t think that they give Em the credit that he deserves,” he explained.
Because, in order for people to embrace something, they have to see where they fit in.
I think part of Eminem’s legacy is the growth of our culture. People wouldn’t buy it if they didn’t see where they fit into it. And he’s there and he’s a legitimate artist because of his journey. When you’re look at 8 Mile, you’re seeing a Black story with a white lead. You seeing poverty, you’re seeing [similar] circumstances. Look at his friends Proof and D-12 and everybody: these are real Hip Hop guys. Which is why he’s a real Hip Hop guy.
Eminem’s status as an Aftermath signee, according to the rapper-turned-TV mogul, removed what could have been the one barrier to his success. “Who would be upset when a white guy comes in and is selling the most records in Hip Hop culture, and is still, to this day, the highest-selling artist in Hip Hop?” he asked rhetorically. “N.W.A., maybe N-ggas With Attitudes would be upset. So Jimmy [Iovine]’s a genius for putting him with Dre.”
The G-Unit boss was one of several celebs who took the time to wish Slim Shady a happy birthday. Fellow Motor City MC Royce Da 5’9′′ also took to Instagram to wish his Bad Meets Evil partner-in-rhyme a happy birthday in the usual humorous form. “Next Week on SNL!” he joked while sharing a black-and-white portrait of Slim Shady. “Nah.. Just kidding [crying face emojis] Happy Birthday to the [G.O.A.T.] @eminem Love you, Sunny Jim.”
The Detroit Lions and Public Enemy’s Chuck D, whom Eminem has cited as one of his Hip Hop heroes, also joined the chorus of birthday wishes. Hip-Hop Homicides will premiere on AMC Network’s We TV on November 3rd at 9 p.m. ET, with Mona Scott-Young joining 50 as the show’s producer and journalist/podcaster Van Lathan hosting. The investigative series will delve into the tragic deaths of rap musicians such as XXXTENTACION, King Von, Chinx, and Soulja Slim, among others.
This is one of three new content projects set to be released by the Power creator this fall. Surviving El Chapo: The Twins Who Brought Down a Drug Lord will be available on the iHeartRadio app and other platforms on Wednesday (October 19), while The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast will premiere on STARZ on Sunday. October 23rd. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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