2 Chainz & Tim Westwood Talk Eminem’s Staggering UK Popularity
Written by jakeradiolive on August 1, 2018
2 Chainz and Tim Westwood talk Eminem’s importance on UK hip-hop culture.
Yet such a conclusion undersells the Aftermath impact circa 2000, when the tandem of The Marshall Mathers LP and Dr. Dre‘s 2001 dropped; lest we forget, in many ways, Eminem’s magnum opus belongs to Dr. Dre, who played a pivotal role in shaping Em’s sound. It feels safe to say that anybody currently in their late twenties can remember the impact of MMLP, regardless of race. A great album is simply a great album, especially to somebody consuming it during their formative years. Sure, there are doubtless a few dubious characters in every fan-base, but even hip-hop legends like Kendrick Lamar, Redman, Jay-Z have co-signed Eminem. It’s unwise to let a diminishing discography – or worse the idea of mindless, amorphous fans – completely tarnish an artist’s legacy.
Digression aside, Tim Westwood seems to feel significantly impacted by Em, emphasizing his importance to the UK. “People really related to what he said. He just resonated in a way. He talked to people over here, just talked to them emotionally, man. And those fans? He’s kept for 10 years. “He just caught everyone’s imagination. It was also, like, a generational thing. That was their rite of passage in hip-hop.”
Seeing as Eminem is a legacy act, it’s no wonder that fans still come forward to catch him live. It all bodes well for 2 Chainz, who announces his nefarious intentions on “stealing some of his fans.” I don’t necessarily know if stealing is the right word; it’s likely that many will follow 2 Chainz willingly. As they should – the man makes great music.
Eminem talk starts around the 4:40 minute mark. Keep an eye out on that Rap Or Go To The League.