Undisputed is the word best described Eminem’s status in the rap/hip hop industry despite the lack of a new album in three years. As the rap god turns 44 today, fans and casual listeners alike will definitely agree that he is arguably one of the best lyricists, perhaps even the greatest, of all time to grace the microphone.
The absence of a new album does not necessarily diminish the star power of Eminem as he continues to perform and collaborate with various artists in recent years although fans have been clamoring for his official return to the rap industry.
Every year, rumors and speculations about the rapper’s new album being underway resurface proving that the rap god is sorely missed and fans waiting for latest news about his return. He is also being considered to be the next Nobel laureate in literature following the prestigious award-giving body’s awarding to Bob Dylan last week, according to IBTimes.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, started his rap career in Detroit but his international hip hop career started in New York. He continues to be a musical force to be reckoned even after a three-year hiatus that made him lose his standing in the Forbes’ top ten highest-paid rappers in 2016.
His last studio albums, The Marshall Mathers LP 1 and 2, have been named as the best selling rap album series of all time, according to Billboard. The album series reportedly has sold more than 13 million copies between 2000 to 2013, making it a best-seller rap album collection so far.
The original album alone, The Marshall Mathers LP 1, released in May 23, 2000 and with 11 million sold copies, has outsold every other album collection of other rap artists like Jay-Z’s three-album collection Volumes and every collection on Billboard’s Top 10 best-selling album series list.
Jay-Z’s Volumes is composed of In My Lifetime Vol. 1, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life and Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter and has a total combined sales of 10 million copies from 1997 to 1999.
Lil Wayne’s four-album collection Tha Carter, meanwhile, only has a total combined sales of more than 9 million which was released on 2004 to 2011.
In the meantime, let us wait for an official announcement about Eminem’s return to the rap industry as it definitely needs “a little controversy” without him at the moment. Who knows, before 2016 ends, we may yet hear of a new album from the rap god himself.
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