“Nobody Wants To Rap Like Kendrick Lamar & Eminem”: Melle Mel

"Nobody Wants To Rap Like Kendrick Lamar & Eminem": Melle Mel

Melle Mel says Kendrick Lamar doesn’t influence hip-hop.

Melle Mel continues to be in the headlines for his statements on the recently released  Billboard & Vibe’s Top 50 greatest rappers list. Now in a new part of his interview with The Art of Dialogue podcast, the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five icon talks about #2 Kendrick Lamar and states that nobody wants to rap like him and Eminem.

Melle Mel said that Lamar’s songs “don’t translate into the street part of hip-hop.” “I don’t know what records he made like that,” he continued. “I might know one or two of them, but I don’t think you even hear Kendrick in the club like that.”

Mel continued and states that regardless on K. Dot’s talent, he doesn’t belong at the number 2 best rapper of all time. “Nobody wants to rap like Kendrick Lamar. Nobody wants to rap like Eminem. A lot of people wanted to rap, like ‘Pac and Biggie,” he added.

In another part of the conversation, he said that Eminem is only a top 5 rapper on the list because he’s white. “Obviously he’s a capable rapper. If you was talking about sales, he’s sold more than everybody. If you were talking about rhyme style, okay he got a rhyme style. But he’s white. He’s white,” he says. “So now if Eminem was another ni**a like all the rest of us, would he be Top 5 on that list when a ni**a that could rhyme just as good as him is 35? That had records and all that? He’s 35. He’s white.”

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He continued, “And anybody could be as mad… They could feel how they wanna feel. If you don’t think that race plays a part in the equation of how great he is — I heard one of the dudes that’s down with him, Royce Da 6’9″ [Royce Da 5’9″] or one of those – I heard he’s just as good as Eminem. Why he ain’t as big as Eminem? Because he’s Black. Ain’t none of that sh*t hard to figure out. Eminem gets a top spot because he’s white.”

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