Just days after releasing his fourth studio album DAMN, Kendrick Lamar turned hip hop upside down and catapulted himself to the infamous top five of many diehard rap fans. Some are even leaning toward the opinion that he might be the best rapper…ever? Not so fast! There’s still Eminem.
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg stirred the pot of this never ending argument by making the big assertion that with his latest project, Kendrick solidified himself as the greatest MC to ever do it. “Kendrick’s the best rapper who’s ever lived. There’s not a person who can rap on planet earth better than Kendrick Lamar,” Rosenberg boldly proclaimed on the airwaves. “Eminem can rap as well. Nas can rap as well. Big Pun is right around there as well. But I don’t believe anyone can rap better than Kendrick Lamar.”
That strong statement sent shock waves through social media. Some agree that Kendrick has proven his lyrical skills to be untouchable within a relatively short career, while others say Eminem is literally “The Rap God.” Shockingly, the highly contested debate on who’s the better rapper doesn’t even mention greats like Notorious B.I.G, Tupac and Jay-Z. Yeah, we have no words…
When it comes to K. Dot, folks think his lyrical flow, wordplay and unique subject matter put him in a league of his own. True, Kendrick Lamar hasn’t been in the game long compared to Em. But each of his four albums have done incredibly well, and his debut good kid, m.A.A.d city is widely considered a classic.
The single biggest thing that makes Kendrick the best ever is his LYRICISM. Eminem, Nas, Rakim, Biggie & PAC are serious contenders too.
— Classic Man (@BonaQhama) April 17, 2017
whatever album you think is kendrick's worst is better than eminem's best album. dead that
— el diablo hermoso (@antizay) April 14, 2017
I wasn't around for the kendrick vs. eminem debate yesterday but i'm here now to say that kendrick is better than eminem. ♂️
— J. (@jamesknws) April 15, 2017
KENDRICK IS BETTER THAN EMINEM. i said it.
— WUNDER (@wunder_music) April 14, 2017
On a real, Kendrick is better than Drake, J Cole and Eminem put together
— Kung Fu Kenny Fan ac (@iwibzy) March 31, 2017
Kendrick Lamar vs. Eminem …
Kendrick wins. Already.
— GIANTS4EVER (@ScottieBeam) April 14, 2017
some people think eminem is better than kendrick
those people are just joking
— kevim (@kevsounds) April 10, 2017
@johnbeonkey I like Eminem. But he doesn't have an album on the lyrical, conceptual or artistic spectrum of any of Kendrick Lamar's 4 albums bro.
— Zeus Wilson (@ZeusBeLike) April 17, 2017
On the other hand, some folks believe Eminem is a legend and that Kendrick just can’t compare. Kendrick has even called Eminem one of his biggest inspirations sonically.
@antizay Kendrick is not better than Eminem period. Em is a once in a generation rapper. Don't age well? According to who? Not a fan of Kendrick, but
— ManDime (@DKManDime) April 17, 2017
I love Kendrick as much as the next guy. But technically as a rapper in WHAT WORLD does Kendrick out rap Eminem? EXPLAIN @Rosenbergradio
— Page Kennedy (@PageKennedy) April 14, 2017
@XXL Lmao…how did we end up here?Ofcos Eminem is far and way better than Kendrick,even in 5 yrs to come… Only kids will disagree
— TrickyGenius (@tricky_genius) April 14, 2017
Me: Kendrick's new album is really good.
Them: yeah he's better then Eminem
— Helen Hamlet (@CurlsAndPoetry) April 16, 2017
Seeing way too many "Eminem is better than Kendrick" tweets. We aren't really this dumb as a society are we?
— JDL (@LacobJunders) April 15, 2017
So of course, you know we had to extend the question: Who’s the best rapper: Kendrick or Eminem? Or…is it neither? Vote below:
Check out this throwback clip of Kendrick Lamar chatting with VH1 on the video set for “Poetic Justice.”