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1. Eminem

The man born Marshall Mathers was far from the first white Rapper, but he was the one who cemented the path that the Beastie Boys set and changed the perception of Hip Hop forever.

Eminem was abrasive, talented and controversial.  After his debut album dropped in 1997, Slim Shady, he was quickly accepted by the rap and hip hop mainstream, who didn’t care what color he was, as Eminem was clearly legit. Where he differed from other rappers was not just his race but his vulnerability.  Moving from violence to paranoia effortlessly, Eminem’s emotional range had no equal, as did his eloquence.  Like other rappers, he conveyed violence, though his targets were more of a personal nature, and as he became a pop culture icon, it also resulted in a bit of a backlash from concerned special interest groups, though when that happens, it only makes an artist bigger.

Eminem slowed down in the mid-2000s for health and personal reasons, but his legacy as one of the best rappers is cemented.  We expect him to be a one-and-done candidate.

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2020
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Why they will get in:

    The influence and success of Eminem can’t be denied.

  • Why they won't get in:

    As we become more politically correct, Eminem’s past comments and lyrics have not aged well.  That likely won’t matter.

  • Essential Albums:

    The Slim Shady LP (1999)
    The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
    The Eminem Show (2002)
    Random Access Memories (2013)

  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

    Just Don’t Give a Fuck (Single, 1998)
    Kill You (From The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
    Stan (From The Marshall Mathers LP, 2000)
    Lose Yourself (From The Eminem Show, 2002)
    Cleanin’ Out My Closet (From From The Eminem Show, 2002)

Should Eminem be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 9.7%
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