News: "Eminem Is Extraordinary & One Of The Greatest Live Acts I've Ever Seen"

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 12:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

While blockbuster actor Hugh Jackman may be considered to be a huge star in Hollywood, he recently revealed that he is a supporter of Grammy-winning rapper Eminem.

According to Jackman, witnessing Slim Shady perform live ultimately won him over.

"I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen. I'm a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I'm just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre: It was one of the most electrifying nights I've ever been a part of. I was actually ushered to this area and I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There's just so much that they put in to every song. And Eminem, he's just, oh my God, he's just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That's what I like about him." (Next Movie)

Last year, former NBA great Shaquille O'Neal admitted Eminem holds a place in his Top 5 favorite rappers list.

SI.com: Top five favorite rappers? O'Neal: Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Clipse, The Game. And off the bench is this cat from Alabama called Yelawolf. He's f*cking nasty. (Rap Radar)

A few months ago, renowned music publication Rolling Stone named Em the "King of Hip-Hop."

With his dominant album sales, YouTube views and social-media scores, Eminem takes the title as the current King of Hip-Hop. Unlike our Queen of Pop ranking, which Lady Gaga took in a walk, Marshall Mathers's win was somewhat closer - note the fairly tight point range among our top three. (Rolling Stone)

Despite the massive co-sign, Rolling Stone and Em received criticism from former Source magazine co-owner Benzino.

"It's a big thing to say he's the King of Hip Hop and I basically predicted this. Don't [people] realize by saying he's King that it leaves a long lasting impression on these kids and that it's f*ckin' up Hip Hop? If everything is about lyrics, well dude's nice. But guess what? I'm nice too and there's a whole lotta other nice n*ggas out there too. How is [Rolling Stone] judgin' everybody? Is it by lyrics? By songs? Because I don't think anyone out there rides around bangin' Eminem in the hood. How is he gonna go in on every pop artist back in the day and now he's the most pop artist out?" (SOHH Guest Star)

Check out some recent Eminem footage below:

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