I dispute the idea that Eminem “won” on Renegade, or that he beat Jay-Z or even that he’s a better rapper. Here’s why.
Take yourselves back to a long long time ago. Almost 15 years ago now. There was a different landscape for rap than there is now, where white people could sound black, but not vice-versa. We hadn’t gotten there yet. Unfortunately, we still haven’t. Black people can sound white and still be black, but white people still can’t sound black, and still be white. Action Bronson. Take time and ingest.
I have a ridiculous challenge that I would like to put forth, and that is that Eminem and Jay-Z do another song together, only this time the tables are turned. Jay-Z will have the freedom to sound as white as he pleases, and Eminem can be as black as he wants. Who will win? I think the answer is obvious, but the reason it’s obvious is not so clear. The idea that a white man can...
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