A short while ago, former NBA player Jamal Crawford argued that Jay-Z has had a bigger impact on hip-hop than Eminem. Now, revered rapper 50 Cent has come out to call “bullshit” on those comments.
Crawford’s original claim was made during his appearance on The Big Podcast with Shaq, where the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year used the two rappers to discuss his favourite basketball players with host Shaquille O’Neal.
“That’s why my five, the dominance outweighs the number,” Crawford told an unconvinced Shaq. “Like, JAY-Z’s effect on Hip Hop is bigger than any album sales that Eminem will have, you see what I’m saying? That’s just how it goes.”
Shaq wasn’t the only one hesitant to accept Crawford’s claim. 50 Cent has since come out in opposition, taking to Instagram to reshare the clip alongside a caption reading “Ha Bullshit.”
50 Cent may be doubtful, but Eminem’s record sales speak for themselves. Last March, the rappee became the most-certified artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Slim has accumulated a total of 227.5 million sales, comprised of 62.5 million album certifications and 166 million single certifications.
Of course, Jay-Z’s catalogue is not to be sniffed at either. His third album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life has gone platinum five times over, as has his The Throne collaboration with Kanye. Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter, The Blueprint 2 and The Black Album, meanwhile, are all triple platinum.