50 Cent on Eminem: "He has so many skills and he's more hood than so many people out there."
50 Cent says Eminem, who has sold more albums than any other artist in Rap history, is underrated.
When asked if he feels Eminem is still underrated today, 50 Cent explains his stance.
"Yeah, because the skin color thing is still there," 50 says. "He has so many skills and he's more hood than so many people out there, people still put the skin color before anything and don't give him enough credit. It's like people saying Elvis Presley was only famous because he was White. He had, y'know, the rhythm of James Brown but he had his own thing. He was Elvis. He wasn't just a White man. Things like that are going to be picked up between Black people and White people and anybody. It doesn't mean a person isn't great because they're influenced by something associated with another race. It doesn't matter."
50 Cent Details Eminem's Assistance With Animal Ambition's Release
50 Cent says Eminem helped him find a "better situation" for Animal Ambition following his departure from Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.
"It was a decision we made because it was taking so long," 50 says. "It was a good thing, though. Em[inem] used a little bit of his influence to help me find a better situation for the album, but it all worked out for the best. I'm releasing Animal Ambition now, and Street King Immortal will come out later this year, but I felt like Animal Ambition was important to me because it shows what I'm doing right now."
50 Cent also says he plans on touring after the June 3 release of Animal Ambition.
In February, 50 Cent spoke about Eminem's place in Hip Hop.
“I think Eminem is more important to Hip Hop than people actually credit him for,” 50 Cent said at the time. “Just Black music in general… when it loses its color, artists and people that have been so invested in it, come into it, put their passion in it, and they actually become that good at it? That opens up doors, windows, everything.”