Eminem vs. El-P
Match-Up: As a member of the groundbreaking Rawkus Records flagship act Company Flow, El-P became the reluctant face of the late 90’s back packer hip-hop movement. But while the Brooklyn, New York native struck a serious, avant-garde tone on record, Detroit’s Slim Shady went straight for laughs, albeit in a sardonic, pill popping, self-effacing, kill-my-baby-moms fashion. Both soared as boundless wordsmiths as future best selling rap giant Eminem displayed his underground credentials appearing on 1999’s Soundbombing II compilation alongside El-P and the likes of Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, and R.A. The Rugged Man. But as the two most gifted white MC’s to ever drop bars in a recording booth, comparisons, however unfair (at this point Em and El accomplishments on the mic go beyond race), have always surfaced.
Winner: Considering that Eminem has gone after some pretty soft targets over his decade plus career, El-P would easily represent his most challenging opponent (peep his mind-numbing 2012 release Cancer 4 Cure; the alternative rap hero is in a different weight class than Em when it comes to pure conceptual output). But somehow you get the feeling that the laugh inducing, punch-line master would squeak this one out. Slight advantage one-on-one—Eminem.