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Rap is a music genre that has evolved over time into one of the most popular forms of music the world over. And to excel at the rap game requires style, a way with words and lyrics, verbal gymnastics, ability to entertain, and many other skills. So who has the best rap game? Who has done the most for the craft? Who has had the biggest impact on our hearts and minds?

Eminem is the best rapper Show more Show less

His lyrics and style caught the ear of Dr. Dre, and soon would redefine what we were all listening to. Often shocking, Eminem had us questioning free speech and decency through his music.
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Eminem broke down cultural barriers of rap

Rap is a product of African-American culture. In 1999, Eminem proved that other cultures could successfully participate in the genre, and helped bring the music to more diverse audience.
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The Argument

Before Eminem became mainstream in 1999, the rap genre consisted almost entirely of black artists. There was very little diversity and, as a result, some racist elements often plagued the genre. While Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. are incredibly gifted artists, they didn't have to fight their way into the culture. Eminem not only had to prove his worth as an artist, but he had to prove his worth as a white performer in a genre composed of predominantly black artists. When Eminem eventually broke these cultural barriers, he did so with immense success. His first album was certified triple platinum, his sophomore album went platinum within a week, and he is now the best selling hip hop artist of all time with 45 million albums sold.[1] For these reasons, he is the best rapper of all time.

Counter arguments

While Eminem was the first mainstream white rapper, he is not solely responsible for diversifying the genre. Dr. Dre, a black rapper, played a large part in making Eminem what he is today by giving him a platform to display his artistic talents. Furthermore, rap is still a new genre and, like most new things, it is going to take time to diversify the medium. Any of the white rappers that came after Eminem could have broken these cultural barriers.

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  1. https://sites.psu.edu/cloughhiphop/2015/10/23/when-the-wall-came-down-in-hip-hop/

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