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Ebro’s Comment That Eminem ‘Treats Rap How Black Folks Have Had to Treat Life’ Stirs Up Debate

Written by on January 23, 2020

Ebro Darden has shared some honest opinions about how hip-hop views Eminem.

The radio host took to Twitter on Thursday and compared the way Em approaches rap to the way Ebro feels black people have to approach life.

“Eminem treats Rap how Black folks have had to treat life… be 5x better, work 5x harder than everyone and still not necessarily get respect.”

Eminem treats Rap how Black folks have had to treat life… be 5x better, work 5x harder than everyone and still not necessarily get respect.

— Kojo Ebro (@oldmanebro) January 23, 2020

Users had a lot to say about Ebro’s statement. One fan called attention to the fact that Em is one of the most successful artists of all time, to which Ebro replied, “Sales doesn’t mean respect.”

Ebro clarified his point further with a couple of follow-up tweets: “People confuse success and respect,” he wrote.

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You can absolutely hate Eminem musically.

What you cannot say as a HipHop fan is that is a wack rapper…

— Kojo Ebro (@oldmanebro) January 23, 2020

Ebro’s statements arrive after Eminem released his surprise album Music to Be Murdered By. The response to the album has been mixed, particularly because he targets a number of rappers including Trippie Redd, Lord Jamar, and Joe Budden

Ebro continued tweeting about Em for a while, where he responded to fans and added more commentary.

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Its a complete false equivalency …. complete!!!

But that is NOT the point.

The point really is Eminem cares enough to keep sharpening his skills!

— Kojo Ebro (@oldmanebro) January 23, 2020

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U are not reading. Ur just talking. This isn’t about sales, this is about the lack of respect for his contributions to HipHop & how he continues to give regardless https://t.co/4lCyhH5Dmk

— Kojo Ebro (@oldmanebro) January 23, 2020

Eminem shared a letter on Thursday where he addressed the album’s criticism: “In today’s wonderful world murder,has become so commonplace that we are a society obsessed and fascinated by it,” he wrote. “I thought why not make a sport if it, and murder over beats? So before you jump the gun, please allow me to explain. This album was not made for the squeamish.”

He further explained that his aim was to “shock the conscience, which may cause positive action.”

Ebro tweeted that out, too:

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