Did you know that Eminem is the biggest rapper in America? It’s true. While many of his peers have fallen by the wayside or retired, the 42-year-old rapper from Detroit just keeps on trucking. Eminem recently released his ninth studio album, Kamikaze. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the seventh time in his career that he has achieved this feat. Moreover, Eminem is also the bestselling digital artist of all time with over 130 million downloads and streams combined. He’s won 10 Grammy Awards and was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2005 and 2015. With all this in mind, let’s take a look at why Eminem is the biggest rap artist in America right now.
He’s the only rapper who’s sold more than 100 million albums.
Eminem is only the second rapper to have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, behind only The Beatles. His first album, The Slim Shady LP, sold just over 10 million copies, while his second album, The Marshall Mathers LP, sold 22 million copies.
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It’s been downhill since then, with his later albums selling less than 10 million copies each. The Eminem show at Wembley Stadium in London was the highest-grossing American concert there in history, with $19 million earned. His concert in Asia is the highest-grossing American concert in Asia ever. His headline set at Reading Festival in 2017 was the most successful Reading Festival headline act ever. He is one of the best-selling digital artists of all time, with more than 100 million digital downloads and streams combined, as well as the best-selling digital artist of the 21st century. His biggest-selling albums are The Eminem Show, which has sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and The Marshall Mathers LP, which has sold over 32 million copies worldwide.
He has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a rapper.
While the charts may change over time, the Hot 100 is a historical record. Eminem has the highest number of Hot 100 entries for a rapper by a wide margin. He has 82 entries on the Hot 100, while Jay-Z comes in second with only 53 entries.
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The entries on the Hot 100 chart account for song sales, streaming activity, track downloads and radio airplay and many of Eminem’s songs have been huge hits, which explains why he lags behind only Michael Jackson and Madonna in total Hot 100 entries. Eminem’s songs have been released on many albums, as well as many of his singles being featured on soundtracks. Additionally, many of his hit singles have appeared on multiple albums, which is why he has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a rapper.
His lyrics often top the Rap Songs chart.
Eminem’s lyrics have always been controversial, but that’s what helped him become the biggest rapper in the world. He used his lyrics to discuss his struggles and his perspective on life, especially when it came to his troubled childhood.
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He discussed topics that were taboo and people applauded him for speaking his mind. This controversy has helped him top the Rap Songs chart a staggering 17 times. He’s the only artist to top the chart as many times and no one else is even close. He has also been No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart a total of 16 times, so he’s clearly still relevant.
He’s one of the only artists from his era who hasn't fallen off.
There have been many artists in the past who have fallen off, but Eminem is the only rapper who has consistently been on top since the turn of the century. He’s been a chart-topper for over 18 years and he’s still going strong. The only other artist from his era who has consistently remained on top is Justin Timberlake. Everyone else has either retired or dropped off the face of the planet.
One last thing: Remember that Eminem is his Age.
Eminem’s age has been a running gag ever since he first appeared on the music scene. He was criticized for his explicit lyrics and his dark themes, which were present in his early work. Eminem is indeed his age, but many of his peers are also his age. He is at a point in his career where he can easily ride off the nostalgia of his early work and collect a huge paycheck. The new generation of aspiring rappers will likely have to wait until they are well into middle age before they find their niche. As for Eminem, he’s still going strong.
Eminem is the biggest rapper in America and there’s no doubt about it. His first album was released in 1999, which is 18 years ago. He’s been at the top of his game for over two decades and he’s still going strong. He’s the only rapper who’s sold more than 100 million albums, he has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries for a rapper, his lyrics often top the Rap Songs chart, and he’s one of the only artists from his era who hasn't fallen off. If anything, Eminem has only gotten better with age. He’s the biggest rapper in America and there’s no doubt about it.