It’s an incredible achievement to simply secure a diamond selling single, a massive ten million sales, but two artists have gone beyond that by also writing and producing the track.
Astonishingly, only 14 tracks from hip-hop or R&B have gained this impeccable status. However, Eminem became the first artist to boast credits as both writer and performer when ‘Lose Yourself’ entered the history books.
‘Slim Shady’ is often not given the respect he deserves for his production capabilities. He’s a true all-rounder who coats his fingerprints over every area of his art.
While he stopped producing for some time, in recent years, Marshall Mathers has returned to the mixing desk, and it’s a place where he truly feels at home.
Explaining his love for the art form, he told Zane Lowe, “Sometimes I may get something in my head, like an idea or the mood of something that I would want, and I’m not always gonna get that by going through different tracks that other people have made. They don’t know what’s in my head.”
What makes Eminem such an exceptional talent is that he has not only secured 10 million sales on one single but, it’s a feat that he also achieved with his Rihanna collaboration, ‘Love The Way You Lie’.
Last year, he was finally joined on the acclaimed list by Kanye West after ‘Stronger’ went diamond. It was fitting that Ye was the next one to attain this accomplishment after he waxed lyrical in 2004 about Eminem’s unmatched skill as a producer and performer.
“I had to work with D12 right?” West remembered to Scratch Magazine. “And I think Eminem is a dope-ass producer, so I wanted to ask him to trade drums but I was intimidated because he was such a superstar and everything. Eminem has some of the best drums in hip hop.”
On another occasion, he also said, “I really like Eminem’s beats, though. He is one of my top-five producers, let alone one of my top-five rappers. Me and Em together? Damn. Not that I put myself on that level.”
While Ye still needs one more self-produced diamond record before he can say with his chest that he’s “on that level”, yet, if anybody is going to do that, it’s Kanye West.