Moment 2: Back in 2001 when Eminem was facing criticism from a variety of different groups, Stevie Wonder spoke up for him—and hip-hop in general—by comparing it to another very important form of music. "Rap to me is a modern blues—a statement of how and where people are at," Stevie wrote at the time. "I think art is a reflection of our society, and people don't like to confront the realities in society. We dance forever around the issues, and [embrace] songs about unity and love. But until we really confront the truth, we are going to have a Tupac or Eminem or Biggie Smalls to remind us about it—and thank God. They force people to look at realities in society. That doesn't mean their reflection is my reflection."
Stevie later blasted Eminem in 2004 for his portrayal of Michael Jackson in his video for "Just Lose It." But his '01 statement still speaks to his belief in the fact that hip-hop is even bigger and more important than what people think.