Happy Birthday, Eminem

To label Eminem as the first successful white rapper is historical revisionism.

Debbie Harry, Mc Search, and each and every Beastie Boy would undoubtedly dispute such a claim.

Until the universe burns out, it is hard to dispute that Eminem's name will always be associated with every white rapper.

Not in the sense that any rapper could match his level of lyrical artistry, but more in the sense that corporate America would eventually find a marketable white rapper to promote to suburban areas.

Intense syllable stacking, internal rhyme systems, and witty punchlines are just a few examples of Eminem's lyrical prowess.

Eminem had ability, but he also had a distinct kind of trailer park street cred that gave him an extra layer of legitimacy in hip-hop.

I could go on and on about Eminem's lyrical prowess, but I thought it'd be fun to share one of his finest freestyles in honour of his 50th birthday.

Not in the sense that any rapper could match his level of lyrical artistry, but more in the sense that corporate America would eventually find a marketable white rapper to promote to suburban areas.