A recent panel discussion titled “The Great Debate” at REVOLT World in Atlanta, Georgia, turned into a heated exchange when Bay Area rapper Symba boldly asserted that he is a superior rapper to the legendary Eminem.
In a spirited discussion, Symba expressed his belief that he surpasses Eminem in the world of rap, emphasizing that “anybody can rhyme words” and even went as far as stating that he could name five better rappers than Eminem.
While Symba acknowledged his respect for Eminem as a person, he drew a sharp distinction when evaluating their respective rap abilities.
“I respect Eminem on a level as a man,” Symba began. “But as a rapper, I feel like I can name five better rappers.” One of his fellow panelists, Tierra Whack, didn’t mince words and directly asked, “Wait, so, you think you’re better than Eminem?” Symba took a moment to consider but responded with a resolute “Yes.” He continued, emphasizing, “Anybody can rhyme words, [but] what are you saying?”
Symba provided context and reasoning for his statement, highlighting that in the world of rap, it’s not solely about rhyming words.
He believes that what truly sets a rapper apart is the depth of substance and the impactful message conveyed through their lyrics. Symba, who proudly represents the Bay Area, has made his mark in the industry with his own hits.
His music is known for its impactful messages, as demonstrated by his 2022 album, “Results Take Time,” featuring prominent artists such as Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, and Pusha T. This album played a pivotal role in establishing his presence in the music scene, showcasing his authentic rhymes and unique delivery style.
The ongoing debate surrounding Eminem’s position in rap continues to ignite discussions about the essence of true artistry in hip-hop and whether Eminem’s celebrated status as the “Rap God” remains undisputed.
While Symba may not include Eminem in his top five, there are numerous fans worldwide who hold Eminem in high regard. Eminem’s illustrious rap career includes approximately ten No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart and an estimated 115 million records sold worldwide. This debate serves as a testament to the enduring impact of Eminem’s contributions to the genre.