Yesterday, the Twitter trend "Best Rapper Award" had, (in the words of Paul Wall), the Innanet goin' nuts.

Following the whole net-debate throughout the day, we finally concluded that Twitter's "Best Rapper Award" was served to Eminem—on a silver platter. The dude won by a landslide and we can't say we're surprised. Looking at his most popular lyrics on our site, it's clear that Em's got a rawness and honesty that's rare in a world of James Bond coupes, Air Yeezy 2s, and exclusively eating pizza from Pisa.

On his inspirational track, "Beautiful", he comes to terms with the downsides of fame and considers leaving the rap world for good:
And I know some sh*t's so hard to swallow / But I can't just sit back and wallow / In my own sorrow but I know one fact / I'll be one tough act to follow

"Love The Way You Lie" chronicles Em's jealousy issues and his regret and shame over laying a hand on his girlfriend:
She's Lois Lane but when it's bad, it's awful, I feel so ashamed / I snap, "Who's that dude?", I don't even know his name / I laid hands on her, I never stoop so low again / I guess I don't know my own strength

Em's embarrassment on "Love The Way You Lie" is refreshing considering the countless other songs where male rappers don't think twice about waxing poetic on violence toward women (early Eminem included).

And who could forget "Lose Yourself"? The Academy Award (!) winning track follows a young Eminem (err—B. Rabbit) as he climbs up the rap-battle ladder before finding mainstream success:
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud / He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out / He's chokin' how, everybody's chokin' now / The clock's run out, times up, over, blaw!

Em's definitely not afraid to wear his hardships on his sleeve, and in doing so he allows people of all walks of life to relate to him and his experiences. It's clear he finds a wealth of inspiration from his fans, so keep it up y'all! Just don't turn into a Stan.



 

-al

Honorable mentions: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Drake, Lil Wayne, J. Cole.