SOHH Whatcha Think: GQ Mag Names Em & Wayne 'Gods of Rock' -- Are They Bigger Than Rap Music? [Click Here & Speak]
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011 12:10AM
These titles, these titles: Greatest Rapper of All Time, King of Hip Hop and now, God of Rock. People seem to enjoy classifying and categorizing artists to the point that it all can be a little confusing.
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There was alotta banter in the world of rap when Rolling Stone took it upon themselves to crown Slim Shady King of Hip Hop. And anyone who's heard any of the more recent albums from Lil Tunechi knows that he occasionally refers to himself as The Greatest Rapper Alive. So it was kind of funny to see GQ Magazine, the undisputed, leading publication in almost everything non-music related, dubbing both MC's as "Gods of Rock
Em and Lil Wayne were shot for the cover at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June, while the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was shot separately in New York. In a portfolio consisting of 43 such Gods of Rock, Eminem's story and photographs particularly stand out. In his feature, the 39-year old rhyme icon talked about his downward-spiraling addiction, which began with his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP and peaked during the recording of his fourth album Encore. (MTV)
God of Rock? What does that even mean?
Sure, Weezy has the tattoos, long hair and has learned to strum a guitar, but he's definitely more rap than rock, right? How about Em? Shady seems more comfortable in a cypher rocking a hoodie than he does setting a drum set on fire before a crowd of millions.
It seems like one can't be both the "King of Hip Hop" and "God of Rock" ... no matter what his skin color, album sales or race of his core audience happens to be. Hey, Drake has millions of female fans, does that mean he will one day be named "Queen of R&B?"
SOHH Watcha Think -- Are cats like Em and Weezy more Rap or Rock?
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