To experts and alleged experts of Rap music, the announcement was not a great surprise. To the more casual observer, it was a shocker.
From Hip Hip-Media Training, this story, in part, by Billy Johnson, Jr.:
"Last week Vibe magazine announced that Eminem had won its Best Rapper Alive competition, a NCAA-style tournament that pitted the "top" 64 MCs against each other. (See the list of the 64 nominees.)
The online contest polled users over a 5-week period. During the first week, the 64 competing rappers were paired off and users were asked to select the best 32 artists. The second week, that group of 32 lyricists was also grouped in twos and the voters picked their favorite 16. Over the subsequent weeks, the list dwindled down to the last b-boys standing, Jay-Z and Eminem. Eminem won by a landslide of 69 percent, compared to Jay-Z`s 31 percent."
Eminem, the lily-white boy from Detroit is the Best Rapper Alive?
What next? A black Muslim Messiah for president?