Snoop Dogg and Eminem once shared the same circles because they were both mentored by Dr. Dre. However, Snoop doesn’t agree with people who consider Em one of the Top 10 greatest rappers despite having great respect for his Detroit counterpart’s ability.
The Long Beach MC explained his reasoning in an interview with The Breakfast Club, during which he praised Dre for bringing up rappers from West, Midwest, and East that were also successful in their own groups.
Snoop emphasized the significance of Dre’s impact on Em’s career:
White rappers had zero respect in rap. None. He has probably put Eminem in the position where he could be labeled as one of the Top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like he’s Top 10 lyricist and all that comes with it. That’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem he could find.
When asked why he didn’t think Em was a Top 10 rapper, Snoop said, “There’s some n-ggas in the ‘80s that he can’t f-ck with.” He continued by naming pioneering MCs like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, LL Cool J, and Ice Cube—all of whom Em has praised in the past.
Snoop closed out his argument by saying that he didn’t consider Em a must-listen. “That’s one of my teammates, that’s one of my brothers,” he said. “But when you’re talking about this hip-hop sh-t that I can’t live without, I can live without that.”
Rappers like Detroit’s Sada Baby and Gucci Mane have made similar statements about Eminem. In April 2019, Sada Baby said he doesn’t consider Eminem a Top 5 Detroit rapper because Em’s music isn’t relatable to most of the city’s residents. Meanwhile, Gucci said in December 2018 that Em isn’t a king of rap because “I ain’t playing Eminem in my car.”
For what it’s worth, Em didn’t name Snoop to his recent list of greatest rappers, either. However, he did include the aforementioned Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, and LL Cool J as well as MCs like 2Pac, Kool G Rap, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and JAY-Z.
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