Eminem is Crowned by Rolling Stone as King of Hip-Hop
Eminem was crowned today as Rolling Stone magazine’s King of Hip-Hop, after a data-heavy look at rap’s most successful artists.
First the facts: Rolling Stone compiled info gathered from 2009 through the first seven months of 2011. The magazine ranked 20 solo rappers, including Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and more. The publication looked at album sales, social media presence, YouTube page views, concert grosses, industry awards, critics’ ratings and more.
Em, who was the world’s best-selling musical artist of the first decade of the 2000s with more than 32 million albums sold, had 7.5 million in album sales during the period Rolling Stone examined, more than 1.3 billion YouTube views and 48 million Twitter and Facebook followers. That was enough to land him ahead of Lil Wayne (No. 2) and Drake (No. 3), though Rolling Stone cited Drake as the artist to watch in the year ahead.
The mag had this to say about the Detroit-based Eminem: “As recently as three years ago, Eminem winning a survey like this was unthinkable; his nearly half-decade hiatus from recording made any comeback unlikely, let alone one in which he took back the charts as if he’d never left.”