Monday, October 13, 2008

Eminem: Best Rapper Alive...According To VIBE

Despite an extended absence from the scene, the Detroit rapper handily won the magazine’s just-completed Best Rapper Alive competition, a three-month online contest that saw him prevailing over such hot names as Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Kanye West.

Four years without an Eminem album wasn’t enough to dampen readers’ enthusiasm: More than 920,000 votes were cast in the bracket-style tournament, which started July 21, with Eminem ultimately triumphing over fellow No. 1 seed Jay-Z in what the magazine described as “a surprising landslide victory.”

"It's obviously an honor to have won the fans' support by being voted the best rapper alive,” Eminem said in a statement. "I don't think that there is any one rapper that is simply the best, though. Everyone who was in consideration and many others are the best at certain things, and at what they do. But since Vibe's offering the distinction, hell yeah I'll accept!"

The Detroit MC, who will turn 36 next week, has been finishing tracks for his untitled next album, which may be released before year’s end.
Matchups and results can be seen at

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