Does Eminem Still "Have It"?

Broxi

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Honestly don’t think I’ve heard anything from his last couple of albums. I’ve watched a few reaction videos of individual tracks where he’s taking shots at some guy I don’t know anything about.

So not the best to guy to judge but a lot of recent tracks I’ve heard is Em doing this 100mph stuff where the words all blur into each other. While it’s technically impressive, I couldn’t do that shit, it’s not something I would put on and listen to with headphones.
 

Johnstown

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Yeah I'm not really a hip hop/ rap guy. I did like his stuff when I was younger but don't really listen to his stuff now.

But I don't really listen to anything rap wise...
 
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He hasn’t released any album in the past ten years that I’d put up there with his best, but there have been a few great tracks. He’s still one of the best active rappers but there’s not that much competition tbf.
 

Johnstown

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Not really

He’s one of my top 5 rappers ever but almost solely off music he did before 2003.

Rap God was impressive as hell just from a technical standpoint and I liked listening to it just to try to figure out what he was saying (eventually I went to slowing it down on YouTube and reading it on Lyric Genius).

Still wasn't something I listened to out of sheer enjoyment.
 
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Not at all.... First off he is trying to fit in with the kids today... The whole hipster look is not doing it either and his Woke image is very insincere as well....His whole style and flow is also just a knock off of rappers today like Lil' Dicky...

The original Slim Shady is a long cry away from the Eminem of today...

 
Aug 2, 2013
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He can still rap his ass off when he loosens up on the obnoxiously "technical" shit like hitting the rhyming syllable on a snare or some shit. He didn't mind ending MGK's career. That's for sure.
I hear you, I'll still listen to a song of his every now and then. A friend of mine is still a big fan of Eminem so I will check out the songs he recommends.

That feud with MGK was actually a pretty good feud and a good diss by Eminem but if that had been pre-2003 Eminem, it would have been the equivalent of a KO3 instead of the KO10 that it was.
 
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Rap God was impressive as hell just from a technical standpoint and I liked listening to it just to try to figure out what he was saying (eventually I went to slowing it down on YouTube and reading it on Lyric Genius).

Still wasn't something I listened to out of sheer enjoyment.
I didn't know you were much of a hip hop fan. I know @Medicine and @tommygun711 are big fans of it and have talked to them about it before.

If you had to pick your top 5 rappers of all time, who would they be?
 
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I hear you, I'll still listen to a song of his every now and then. A friend of mine is still a big fan of Eminem so I will check out the songs he recommends.

That feud with MGK was actually a pretty good feud and a good diss by Eminem but if that had been pre-2003 Eminem, it would have been the equivalent of a KO3 instead of the KO10 that it was.
Agreed, but it was a dance circles around kind of win regardless. He never figured out how to age gracefully into a role as an elder statesman in hip hop. It became cringy after awhile. Last time Eminem stayed fantastic through an extended release album was that Bad Meets Evil mixtape. Kamikaze was surprising, though most of the tracks got old after a few weeks
 
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I hear you, I'll still listen to a song of his every now and then. A friend of mine is still a big fan of Eminem so I will check out the songs he recommends.

That feud with MGK was actually a pretty good feud and a good diss by Eminem but if that had been pre-2003 Eminem, it would have been the equivalent of a KO3 instead of the KO10 that it was.
Problem is that there are very little mainstream artists that could really compete with Eminem in a battle.. not only lyrically but they also don't have that underground battle rap experience either...

I will say this though... Cage back in the day challenged EM hard and even dropped two diss tracks on him.. Even went as far to claim EM stole his style.. and too be honest.. Cage was the original crazy drugged out white boy rapper... If you listen to Em you would know he never had that same style until Slim Shady EP. Em did not go head to head with Cage and instead only said a few subliminal disses one in role model and the other in a stretch Armstrong freestyle. So all in all EM can't legitimately make the claim that no one on his level has ever tested him cause the one guy who did Em did not really want much to do with it.
 

Johnstown

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I didn't know you were much of a hip hop fan. I know @Medicine and @tommygun711 are big fans of it and have talked to them about it before.

If you had to pick your top 5 rappers of all time, who would they be?
I'm not even a big enough fan to make a list.

When I was a kid my brother would listen to run dmc so I got to like that. In the early 90s I'd listen to the stuff that was on mtv and so on (snoop, dre, cube all that).


When I got into boxing I'd hear it at the gyms at time.

But I wouldn't even make a list. I could make a listen of the people I listened to the most but it would mostly be rap pop.
 
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Problem is that there are very little mainstream artists that could really compete with Eminem in a battle.. not only lyrically but they also don't have that underground battle rap experience either...

I will say this though... Cage back in the day challenged EM hard and even dropped two diss tracks on him.. Even went as far to claim EM stole his style.. and too be honest.. Cage was the original crazy drugged out white boy rapper... If you listen to Em you would know he never had that same style until Slim Shady EP. Em did not go head to head with Cage and instead only said a few subliminal disses one in role model and the other in a stretch Armstrong freestyle. So all in all EM can't legitimately make the claim that no one on his level has ever tested him cause the one guy who did Em did not really want much to do with it.
Another thing too is that Eminem, when he was in his prime never had a real feud with a high level rapper. It wasn't like Nas who had Jay-Z or LL Cool J with Kool Moe Dee. It just never happened.
 
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Agreed, but it was a dance circles around kind of win regardless. He never figured out how to age gracefully into a role as an elder statesman in hip hop. It became cringy after awhile. Last time Eminem stayed fantastic through an extended release album was that Bad Meets Evil mixtape. Kamikaze was surprising, though most of the tracks got old after a few weeks
Top 5 all time?