It is unbelievable to think that the man who is arguably the most influential and popular rapper in the world is Eminem. Rap has always been the domain of the young and yet Eminem, who has been around since 1995 is still going strong and producing rap albums and selling out shows at this point in his career. Usually a rap artist will fade away after three to seven years at the top because the public no longer views them as being a rebel or radical or they just are unable to appeal to new fans. This is not the situation for Eminem who as the years pass becomes even more popular.
According to the music industry numbers he is the best selling artist of the 2000s and yet he will never be a mainstream artist. One of the things that make Eminem so interesting to his fans both new and old is that he crosses the colour barrier. He is a white rap artist but no one even thinks about the color of his skin when his music hits the airwaves whether on the radio or in a movie. He transcends the colour line and in the process has become one of the best rap artists in history.
Eminem is a rapper who only wants to be a rapper and someone involved in the music industry. He has no desire to become an actor even though he played himself in the movie "8 Mile". His sole focus is on being a music entertainer and he has such a following that his fans will do things that many would consider inconceivable.
For example, on January 22, 2014 Eminem will be releasing his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP2" in a limited edition "vinyl" copy. He already released the album on the Internet on November 5, 2013. For this particular version of the album people will need a record player, something that has not been seen in stores for several years. Yet the fans of Eminem have been talking nonstop about how they are willing to buy a record player to listen to this particular album instead of buying the CD disc or just buying it online.
Eminem is a musical entertainer who has the ability to convince fans to literally go back in time and buy a record player, something that they can only use for his music. This feat is an example of the influence and popularity that Eminem has on his fans and what sets him apart from many of his colleagues.