i only read half of it, phenom i respect you and ur op., but what u just said was COMPLETE GARBAGE. maybe next time dawg you should rephrase ur statement and say "since when has eminem been the most influential rapper in "BLACK" america. but u didnt say that, u said "since when has eminem been an influential rapper" which is complete and utter bullshit dawg, fo real man... what are u talkin about? i dont even know how u can argue this, because u cant. were not talkin about anything, or anybody else for that matter, were talkin about eminem and his influence on america and the world, which is very clear. and plz dont talk about what i can relate to, cuz ive been through shit in my life and i can relate to eminem, and YOU CAN TO, u just have this utter hatred for him, maybe cuz hes a sik white rapper and black people dont like that, but the whole industry and even jay z himself say "eminem is the best in the game right now" why cant you relate to eminem? u cant relate to - being broke - strugglin to get ur music heard - workin shitty jobs - havin chick problems - payin for a kid - always bein told u aint shit - livin in the ghetto in a fuckin trailor park what cant u relate to, u can relate to that more than thugs shootin motherfuckers cuz u dont shoot shit dawg, right? u aint a killer, right? plz man..