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Dr. Umar Tells Joe Budden: "Eminem Can't Be One Of The Greatest Because He Is Not Black"

Dr. Umar Questions Eminem's Rap Status Due to Race
Eminem's standing in the realm of the greatest rappers has become a hot topic once again, triggered by comments from Dr. Umar Johnson. The prominent activist and psychologist joined The Joe Budden Podcast, expressing the view that Eminem can't be considered one of the best rappers because he's not Black.

"To my African fundamentalism," Umar stated on The Joe Budden Podcast, “No non-African can ever be the best of anything African. It is an insult to the ancestors, it is an insult to the race and it is an insult to every Black person … We gotta stop naming non-African people as the best of any aspect of our cultural power because it is an insult … I can acknowledge Eminem’s talent, but for you to put him at the top, that’s white supremacy.”

Eminem has faced ongoing criticism suggesting that his success in rap is attributed to his Caucasian background. The Grammy-winning artist himself has recognized his racial privilege in his music.

"Let’s do the math, if I was Black, I would’ve sold half," Em rapped on "White America" from the 2002 album The Eminem Show. This album also features "Without Me," where Eminem acknowledges, "I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley to do Black music so selfishly."

While figures like Dr. Umar Johnson and Lord Jamar voice objections against Eminem, many fellow rappers, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Joe Budden, have collaborated with the "Lose Yourself" artist.

In the midst of these discussions, Eminem's place in the pantheon of rap excellence remains a subject of debate and reflection in the music community.

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