Eminem recently addressed Lord Jamar’s claims that he is a “guest in the house of hip-hop,” agreeing that the statement is true. During an interview with rapper Kxng Crooked, Em said, “I never said I wasn’t a guest. I’m absolutely a guest. I never said I wasn’t.”
Lord Jamar caught wind of Eminem’s comments and shared his thoughts on social media.
“I guess his EGO wouldn’t allow him to say ‘Lord Jamar was right the whole time, & I was buggin for coming at him the way I did...my bad...I am a guest in the house of Hip Hop,’” he tweeted.
In following tweets, Lord Jamar wrote, “But at least the EGO was quelled enough to admit what I’d been saying all along. This sh*t is case closed, now all together repeat after me...WHITE PEOPLE ARE GUESTS IN THE HOUSE OF HIP HOP THAT BLACK PEOPLE BUILT! Thank you and good night. (Drops mic and leaves podium)”
During Eminem’s interview, he made it clear that he cares more about the “craft” of rap, rather than a title. “I had a song called ‘Kings Never Die,’ but it wasn’t me saying [I’m the king] ... I never want to be the king of hip-hop. Who the f**k is the king of hip-hop? Is there a king of hip-hop?” he said.
The Detroit rapper continued, “People would say, ‘Just because you sell the most records doesn’t mean you’re the best. Just because you can rap 40 million syllables doesn’t mean you’re the best’ ... I care more about the craft than any of the other sh*t.”
Lord Jamar made the statement during a 2013 VladTV interview, where he addressed white rappers. “Okay, white rappers, you’re coming to this almost as a guest,” he said. “Okay, matter of fact you are guests in the house of Hip Hop. Just because you have a hit record doesn’t give you the right as I feel to voice your opinion. White rappers, those of y’all who really studied the culture, that truly love Hip Hop and all that, keep it real with yourself, you know this is a black man’s thing. We started this. This is our sh*t. We’ve allowed you, those of you who’ve proved your skill and all that, we’ve allowed you to come in and kick your sh*t, make yourself known. You know what I mean? And if you have enough respect for the culture we f**k with you. But don’t push it too far.”