Although Eminem is has sold more albums than any other rapper in history, 50 Cent says that he is still not getting the respect that he is due.
50 recently opened up to Noisey saying that he thinks that race is still one of the factors that is holding Eminem back from getting the full respect that he deserves. “Em is really underrated because people have always been talking about him like, ‘The white rapper Eminem’ instead of just ‘the rapper,'” the 38-year-old rapper said.
“Yeah, because the skin color thing is still there … He has so many skills and he’s more hood than so many people out there, people still put the skin color before anything and don’t give him enough credit. It’s like people saying Elvis Presley was only famous because he was white. He had, y’know, the rhythm of James Brown but he had his own thing. He was Elvis. He wasn’t just a White man. Things like that are going to be picked up between Black people and white people and anybody. It doesn’t mean a person isn’t great because they’re influenced by something associated with another race. It doesn’t matter,” he followed up.
While Eminem may be the Queens-born rapper’s mentor, 50 is currently in a bit of a struggle with Eminem’s mentor, Dr. Dre and Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine, the owners of Beats headphones . The dispute is over Interscope using only Beats By Dre headphones in their music videos and not allowing him to use his own SMS Audio headphones in one of his recent music videos.
50 has since left Interscope and is preparing for the June 3rd release of his new album, Animal Ambition.
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