While promoting his new WE tv series “Hip Hop Homicides” on “Ebro in the Morning,” the hip-hop mogul reflected on his friend’s legacy and impact on the culture.
“I don’t think they give him the credit that he deserves culturally,” 50 said. “In order for people to embrace something, they have to see where they fit in.”
He went on to celebrate Em’s success as a white rapper in a genre traditionally dominated by Black artists. “He’s still to this day the highest-selling rap artist,” he added. “And maybe N.W.A would be upset with the idea of the white guy coming and selling all of the records, so Jimmy [Iovine]’s a genius for putting him with [Dr.] Dre.”
According to 50, Eminem has pushed the culture forward by remaining true to himself.
“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,” he explained. “When he comes and he’s there as a legitimate artist because of his journey. When you look at 8 Mile, you’re seeing a Black story with a white lead. You seeing poverty, you seen him under circumstances. Look at his friends, Proof, D12, everybody’s there and these are real hip-hop guys. This is why he’s a real hip-hop guy.”