Eminem Honors His Hip-Hop Predecessors in Rock
Hall Induction Speech
by Michael Peres
Eminem was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by Dr. Dre on Saturday,
November 5, although the artist's eligibility for inclusion in the Hall of Fame has sparked controversy. The institution has
historically overlooked some of hip-hop's most influential artists making Eminem just one of a few hip-hop artists who have
been added to the organization's roster to date.
his induction speech, Dre recalled his initial shock when music executive, Jimmy Lovine, had recommended he sign Eminem and
work with a white rapper, saying, "I knew that his gifts were undeniable. Each of us was what the other one needed -
and I was willing to bet my entire career on it."
the honor, Eminem took the opportunity to acknowledge that he was a rapper receiving the honor in the Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame and that there had only been a handful of rappers who had been inducted to date. Eminem is the 10th rapper to be inducted
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with others including Run-D.M.C., N.W.A, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac
Shakur, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
Eminem went on to honor his hip predecessors and the impact they have had on his life, saying, "My musical
influences, when they say it takes a village to raise a child, well, it took a whole genre and culture to raise me. They say
success has many fathers, and that's definitely true for me. So whatever my impact has been on hip-hop music, I never would've,
or could've, done this shit without some of the groundbreaking artists I'm about to mention."
Eminem spent the majority of his speech rattling off names of over 100 artists who had inspired
him and made his career possible, as well as mentioning some artists he hoped would be considered for induction in the future.
His list included the likes of 2 Live Crew, Tupac, Third Bass, the Alliance, Apache, Dre, the Beastie Boys, and Big Daddy
Following his speech, Eminem took the stage to perform some
of his top hits, including "Forever," "Not Afraid," and "My Name Is."
Eminem, who was signed by Dr. Dre in March 1998, has since gone on to sell over 200 million albums
worldwide. The artist earned his first Emmy for his 2022 Super Bowl halftime performance alongside Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick
Lamar, 50 Cent, and Mary J. Blige. He has also won 15 Grammy Awards and an oscar in 2003 for Best Original Song with his song
Lose Yourself, leaving him just a Tony Award away from an EGOT.
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