Image: Bizzy Bone & Eminem
“So, my musical influences are many, and 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 colors, 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 s–t without some of the ground-breaking artists that I’m about to mention right now.” – said Eminem.
The he continues: “And this is a list, man. I put this list together yesterday, and I kept adding to the s–t, adding to the s–t, and if I forget anybody, I apologize, but these were my teachers right here:
I’m going to start with the 2 Live Crew, 2Pac, 3rd Bass, Alliance, Apache, Audio Two, Milk Dee, what up? Awesome Dre, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Big Pun, Big L, Biz Markie, The Notorious B.I.G, of course, Black Moon, The Boogiemonsters, Brand Nubian, Brother J from X Clan, Buckshot, Casual from Hieroglyphics, Chill Rob G, Chubb Rock, Chuck D, and Public Enemy. Cypress Hill, D-Nice, Dana Dane, De La Soul. Nah, I’m only playing with you. De La Soul. Did I say De La Soul? Def Jeff, Del the Funky Homosapien, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Dres from Black Sheep, LG, EPMD, The Fat Boys, Fat Joe, Fu-Schnickens, Gang Starr, Geto Boys, Heavy D, House of Pain, Ice Cube, Ice-T, The Intelligent Hoodlum, J.J. Fad, Jaz-O, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Justus, K-Solo, Kid ‘n Play. What’s happening right now? King Sun, King Tee, Kool G. Rap, Kool Moe Dee, KRS-One, Kwame, Lakim Shabazz, Large Professor, Leaders of the New School.
Man, where’d I just seen him? The one and only LL Cool J. Lord Finesse, Lords of the Underground, Mantronix, Masta Ace, MC Creed, MC Lyte, MC Shan, Melle Mel, Merciless Ameer, Mobb Deep, Monie Love, Nas, Newcleus, Onyx, Organized Confusion, OutKast, Andre 3000, Paris, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Redhead Kingpin, Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
I’m almost done. Redman. Redman, Roxanne Shante, Run DMC, Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh, Snoop Dogg, Souls of Mischief, Special Ed, Stetsasonic. Now I’m down to the S’s. Super Legacy and Casanova One, The DOC, the Roots, Black Thought, The Skinny Boys, Tony D, Too Short, Treach and Naughty by Nature, Tribe Called Quest, UTFO, Udini, Wise Intelligent and the Poor Righteous Teachers, Wu-Tang Clan and Wiki.
They’re legendary rock stars, man, and I just want to say, those are just a few of the names that I hope will be considered in the future. That was an old class. Without them a lot of us wouldn’t be here. So that’s all I have to say now. Know that this induction is supposed to me talking about myself and s–t, man, but f–k that. I wouldn’t be here without them. I’m a high school drop out, man, with a hip hop education and these are my teachers. It’s their night just as much as it is mine. So thank you.”
It seems Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is not happy about Eminem leaving them out of the list. In his Instagram story, Bone wrote: “There is no way all these rappers go to Cleveland to be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and not think ‘why Bone Thugs not being inducted?!’ SOMEBODY HAD TO SAY IT! Preaaaach!” In the next slide, he put the video of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscar ceremony, probably implying that he would walked onstage and slap Eminem if he was present in the Rock Hall audience.
Check the screenshots of the stories by Bizzy Bone below: