There can be no doubting the presence of Eminem in the world of hip hop. Despite being often regarded as a novelty act, the spitter is one of the finest lyricists the genre has ever known and it has gathered him a huge array of impressive followers. One such fan is none other than the ultimate Hollywood icon, Denzel Washington.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a creative who is credited as being a pivotal figure in the popularisation of hip-hop in middle America, has managed to break major racial barriers with his work since breaking into the mainstream and becoming one of the most commercially successful rappers of all time. “If people take anything from my music, it should be motivation to know that anything is possible as long as you keep working at it and don’t back down,” he once said in a quote that typifies his approach to music.
“Nobody likes to fail. I want to succeed in everything I do, which isn’t much. But the things that I’m really passionate about, if I fail at those, if I’m not successful, what do I have?” he added. “People can try to reinvent themselves. I don’t think you can really change who you are, though, because who you are is pretty much where you came from and what you’ve done up to now.”
Mathers, the ‘Rap God’ himself, one who is considered by many to be the greatest of all time, has never been shy to discuss the music that has shaped his own creative vision, often paying homage to some of the most celebrated.
The conversation arose during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session which produced the somewhat strange question of whether the acting hero was a fan of Eminem? “Eminem, yes, and I like Nas, and Jay-Z,” he replied.
“Eminem and NAS are real wordsmiths,” he continued clearly ready to heap some praise on the ‘Without Me’ rapper. “So yes, I’m DEFINITELY an Eminem fan.” The actor continued: “Where’s he been?” he asks. “Where you been Eminem?”
Of course, this was before Em’s recent exploits and now, we’ll assume, that Washington is happy with the rapper’s return.