A person who picked on Eminem in school sued him for his 1999 song ‘Brain Damage’. The judge dismissed the case and delivered the verdict as a rap.
“Baby Huey” was a 400lbs Chicago soul singer who died at age 26 after releasing a single unsuccessful album. The album later became hugely influential on early hiphop artists, eventually being sampled on hundreds of hiphop tracks over the past 35 years.
McDonald’s offers product placement rewards to rap artists who mention the Big Mac in their songs.
A man was sentenced to 20 hours of Beethoven after being caught for playing rap music too loud, as an alternative to a full fine. He only lasted 15 minutes before leaving.
The concept of the “rap battle” has existed since the 5th century, where poets would engage in “flyting,” a spoken word event where poets would insult one another in verse. The Norse god Loki is noted as having insulted other gods in verse.
In 2001, British author Giles Foden (Last King of Scotland) compared Eminem to Robert Browning, one of the foremost Victorian poets, and remarked that “a brief examination of ‘Stan’ reveals it to have all the depth and texture of the greatest examples of English verse.”
Eminem recorded his Slim Shady LP under the influence of ecstasy. Dr. Dre described the experience by saying “We get in there, get bugged out, stay in the studio for f*ckin’ two days. Then you’re dead for three days. Then you wake up, pop the tape in, like, ‘Let me see what I’ve done.“
In 2004-2005, McDonald’s paid rappers to mention Big Macs in their songs and paid them $5 each time their songs got played on the radio.