Eminem has never shied away from letting the world know he believes Tupac is the greatest Hip Hop artist of all time.
During Eminem’s Music To Be Quarantined By, Slim Shady went into details as to why he feels Tupac might be the greatest songwriter of all time.
“This next song is from an artist I feel might be the greatest songwriter of all time,” Eminem said. “Debate what you want about emcee skills and all that, because he had that too. But this is one of them songs by 2Pac, where to me, he was showing ‘I can write heartfelt shit and I can write lyrical crazy shit to.’ They say pussy and paper is poetry, power and pistols. Plottin’ on murdering muthafuckas fore’ they get you.”
“Like, the play on the P words and how he was doing it was so crazy,” Em explained. “Mixed with the feel that 2Pac could give you, which is constantly why he was always saying ‘can you feel me?!’ Because you felt Pac. You can’t just listen to Pac, but you feel Pac. If you listen to him, you gon’ feel him. Anyways, this is 2Pac’s “If I Die Tonight.'”
This wouldn’t be the first time Enimen selected Tupac on the top of his list. Back in 2018, on a special holiday episode, Eminem selected Tupac and the Outlawz ‘Hit Em Up’ as the greatest diss song of all time.
The special episode aired on Christmas day. Joining ‘Em on the debate was Def Jam exec Paul Rosenberg and the “Haitian Elf” DJ Whoo Kid, counting down the Diss-Mas list.
But, Eminem’s admiration goes beyond adding Tupac on his top lists. In 2005, Eminem was granted permission to produce an entire Tupac album ‘Loyal To The Game’.
Prior to that, Eminem produced the hit single for the 2003 Tupac Resurrection documentary which featured Biggie and Tupac on the song ‘Dying To Live’.
Tupac’s influence on the Detroit rapper and his appreciation for Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur was beautifully written in a letter.
Referring Afeni as a “true Queen”, Eminem says her son Tupac inspired his whole career. “When I was feeling at my ‘worst’ (before fame, before Dre), I knew I could put that ‘Tupac’ tape in and, suddenly, things weren’t so bad.”
“He gave me the courage to stand up and say, ‘F**k the world! This is who I am! And if you don’t like it, go f**k yourself!”