50 Cent has claimed that Eminem doesn’t get enough credit for his contributions to the world of hip-hop. During a recent interview, he argued that Eminem made hip-hop more accessible to people, which subsequently improved its profile and popularity.
50 Cent said, “I don’t think that they give Em the credit that he deserves. “Because, in order for people to embrace something, they have to see where they fit in. 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. And he’s there and he’s a legitimate artist because of his journey.”
Discussing the importance of Eminem’s 8 Mile film, released back in 2002, he added, “When you look at 8 Mile, you’re seeing a Black story with a white lead. You seeing poverty, you’re seeing [similar] circumstances. Look at his friends Proof and D-12 and everybody: these are real hip-hop guys. Which is why he’s a real hip-hop guy.”
50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) and Eminem have been friends for a long time now, and have collaborated ever since Eminem signed Jackson to his Shady Records in 2002. Recently, Jackson took to Instagram to wish Eminem a happy birthday. He wrote, “Happy birthday to my boy @eminem I love you. I’m wishing you many more God bless. I’m gonna come see you when I get done touring.”
Another hip-hop legend, Chuck D of Public Enemy, who has previously said that Eminem is one of his heroes, also took to social media to wish him a happy birthday. Writing on Twitter, Chuck D wrote, “Goat50 looks good on you champ many more @Eminem @Rapstation365.”
In other 50 Cent news, Jackson has recently revealed a trailer for Hip Hop Homicides, a documentary taking a look at unsolved murders in hip-hop.