One of the hip-hop pioneers, Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash, has recently done an interview with The Art Of Dialogue where he shared his thoughts about Eminem being in the Top 5 rappers of all time list by Billboard/Vibe magazine.
“Obviously, he’s a capable rapper. If we talk about sales and he sold more than everybody, okay, if we talk about rhyme style, okay, he got a rhyme style. But he is white! He is white! If Eminem was just another ni–a like the rest of us, would he be top 5 on that list when a ni–a can rhyme just as good as him is 35?! They had records and all that.” said Melle Mel.
Then he continues: “The point is, if I was white, ni–a, I’d be greater than Elvis. Ni–as be like, Melle Mel is greater than Elvis! Melle Mel is the greatest white man that ever lived. He’s the part of the culture that changed the whole world. That is great a– white man right there! But I’m not white, I’m one of the ni–as.”
“I heard one of the dudes that’s down with him, Royce 5’9″, I heard he’s just as good as Eminem, why ain’t he as big as Eminem? Because he’s black! That ain’t hard to figure out. Eminem gets top spot because he’s white. Like I said, If I was white, they’d be comparing me to Elvis. They’d be like ‘that ni–a Melle Mel is pretty as Elvis!’ If he was a black rapper he would not even make a list. He would not make a list, probably.”
“Busta Rhymes, who I’d say is the number one, he can rap just as good as Eminem. Eminem, he really got nice tricky gimmick style, the way he puts the words together, I’m not gonna say its unique, but he does it. If he was just another brother…It’s just not true.” Melle Mel added.
As it seems the legendary hip-hop artist is not a big fan of Eminem, unlike Slim Shady, who gave a shout out to
New York City-born rapper during his Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction speech.
You can watch the interview below: