‘Black Eminem’ Hopsin Reacts As 50 Cent Appears At ‘Southpaw’ Premiere

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Rapper Eminem performs 'Not Afraid' at the 2010 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 27, 2010. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Rapper Marcus Jamal Hopson, 30, famously known as Hopsin, has reacted to being called the “Black Eminem.” Having released three studio albums, he is known for using white colored eye contacts and has been compared to “Phenomenal” rapper Eminem, 42.

In a recent interview with VladTV , Hopsin said that being dubbed the “Black Eminem” can be either an insult or a compliment and it has been used as both on a regular basis. He said he can tell if a person is insulting or complimenting him by the tone used.

Those who call Hopsin the “Black Eminem” as a compliment, he said, tell him they are excited to see him to continue Eminem’s aggressive style. On the other hand, others insult him by saying he is an Eminem wannabe and he sounds like a clone.

For Hopsin, the comparison with Eminem is from a technical point of view despite the fans’ failure to recognize it. He explained that there are similarities when it comes to rhyming as he and Eminem both usually use multi-syllables when they rhyme.

According to Hopsin, Eminem is one of the best rappers who use multi-syllables in rhyming. He said he is not sure if he can ever get the opportunity to collaborate with the Detroit rapper whom he greatly respects.

Hopsin said he has never met Eminem and does not have any attachments to him. Not sure if the “8 Mile” star even knows who he is, he said he has no idea how to make a way to be featured in an Eminem song.

Meanwhile, Eminem appeared at the premiere of the boxing film “Southpaw” in New York City on July 20, Monday. On the red carpet, the Detroit rapper talked about his work in film that stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope, a starring role originally offered to him.

In an interview with “Extra,” Eminem said he feels like “Southpaw” turned out incredible, although when it was offered to him, the timing was not right for him. In the middle of the interview, 50 Cent suddenly appeared and jokingly interrupted the Detroit rapper.

While he did not act in “Southpaw,” Eminem executive produced the boxing film’s soundtrack featuring his song “Phenomenal” and a song from 50 Cent, who also stars in the film along with Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Beau Knapp, among others.

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