Drake Vs. Eminem: Who Would Win, If They Were To Battle?
By now, youâve heard about the rumored feud between Drake and Eminem.
EvenÂ Kanye West has weighed in on the controversy (for the record, he sided with Drake). While the famed battle may or may not happen (more than likely, not), itâs fascinating to think about. The two rappers are so different in so many ways. Who would win?
Aubrey âDrakeâ Graham, hails from Toronto, or âthe Sixâ as he famously calls it (which doesnât make much sense, really). Drakeâs big break came on Canadaâs legendary teen soap, Degrassi. He broke out on the music scene in 2007 with his mixtape, âRoom For Improvementâ. Heâs coined âYOLOâ, been a meme with Hotline Bling, and made the world dance with âOne Danceâ. But does he have the chops to take on the worldâs most famous (white) rapper?
Marshall Bruce Mathers III (aka EMINEM), hit it big with his Slim Shady EP in 1997 and the Slim Shady LP in 1999. Heâs very well known for his controversial lyrics, which often include threats of violence against women and homophobic slurs. Heâs been around for decades – remember 8 Mile? That was fourteen years ago.
The main difference between Drake and Eminem (beyond their ages, race, nationalities, et cetera) is the mood and atmosphere of their music. Drakeâs music is far less angry than Eminemâs.
In tone and in lyrics, Eminemâs music is filled with rage. Even as early as âSlim Shadyâ, songs like âJust Donât Giveâ has lyrics like, âI’ll slit your motherfuckin throat worse than Ron Goldmanâ. Eminemâs music is violent, defensive.
By contrast, most of Drakeâs music is happy and fun (excluding outliers like âSummer Sixteenâ). One Dance, Pop Style, âThe Mottoâ, Hotline Bling, even Started From The Bottom, are far more joyful than the happiest Eminem song. Drakeâs public persona is also more in line with a pop star (or a Canadian) than most rappers. Drake has crashed Bar Mitzvahs, embarrassed himself on Saturday Night Live, and announced his love for Rihanna at concerts.
Leaving aside his various legal troubles, Eminem has had what seems like dozens of feuds over the years. Suge Knight even allegedly tried to have him killed. And the song âThe Real Slim Shadyâ (from the Marshall Mathers LP), meant as a critique of popular music, alternates between mocking Britney Spears and alleging that Eminem killed Dr. Dre.
Songs like âJust Lost Itâ, and âAss Like Thatâ have reinforced the image of an angry, violent misogynist. Whether or not this presentation is true is debatable, but it certainly contrasts with Drake.
So who would win, if they were to battle? Itâs all speculation at this point, but it might just be a tie.