The legacy of Eminem has been one that’s been debated by any number of hip-hop stars and old heads over the years since his ascent to the top of the history books. One of his old collaborators Busta Rhymes has weighed in personally on how Eminem’s entrance into the industry was game-changing, in so many ways.
Another classic hip-hop icon had thoughts about Eminem’s skills recently that sent the web into a small tizzy – Snoop Dogg. His comments came during a pandemic interview in which he was asked to list his own greatest list of rappers, and he was the one to separate Eminem from the pack.
Having worked with the best of the best in the music business all over the world, Snoop has a wide range of examples to choose from when he’s creating the list of who he considers worthy to be alongside himself in the halls of hip-hop history.
“Eminem, the great white hope. White rappers had zero respect in rap,” Snoop said to co-hosts Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy during his The Breakfast Club appearance. “The game feels like he’s a top ten lyricist but that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find,” said Snoop, further elaborating upon his point.
Other co-hosts agreed and Snoop dived even further into explaining his stance.
“There’s just some n***as in the 80s that he can’t [mess] with,” parried Snoop. “Like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J… Shall I go on? Like Ice Cube. You understand me? I don’t got no time to play with it, it is what it is. Cuz did that. He did that to the fullest. That’s one of my teammates, one of my brothers. He did that.
“But when you’re talking about this hip-hop that I can’t live without…”
It seems that Snoop’s peer in the game, also considered a “goat” himself, would disagree with the West Coast rapper. The Flipmode Squad commander Bussa Buss recently shared with NME that despite losing to Eminem’s megahit “My Name Is” in 2000 at the Grammys for “Best Rap Solo Performance,” he still has deep respect and admiration for the rapper.
“Em is one of my favorite MCs ever,” proclaimed Busta, even dropping that he’d love to do a Verzuz against the Detroit-born emcee.
“We’ve done multiple records together and even on his latest album, the track ‘Yah Yah’ used my vocals from ‘Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check.’ He’s one incredible MF’er! Wyclef Jean was the first person to play ‘My Name Is’ to me before it was even out. We were on tour together and he had a six-song EP from Eminem. When we played ‘My Name Is’, I could not believe it.”
Busta continued, even sharing that he lived up to his name – when his head bobbing apparently got too violent. “I went so crazy on his bus that I shattered his windshield with my head! I couldn’t believe the s**t that Em was saying and Dre’s production was unbelievable. At the time, nothing existed like it in the whole game.”
After 29 years in the industry, it’s no doubt that Busta’s word is accepted and respected.