"There’s a reason why he’s the greatest."
Eminem's Trump-skewering freestyle at the BET Hip Hop Awards continues to be a major talking point in the industry. The acapella diatribe has earned its share of praise, as well as a few parodies and jokes from the likes of Vince Staples and various Late Night TV hosts. In an interview with Hot 97, Bay Area rapper G-Eazy shared his thoughts on the freestyle, revealing that he was more or less in awe of the performance.
"Incredible, incredible. I was grateful," he said of Em's words. "That's all I you can say is thank you for like being the biggest voice and saying it so loud, and saying it so accurately, and so forcefully, passionately, and genuinely. It was incredible from every angle. He hit the topics right on the head, standing with Kap, saying that loud, being him, having his platform, his voice, and doing that was incredible. And he snapped -- that was dumb fire. There’s a reason why he’s the greatest.”
He went on to applaud the density of the wordplay. "That's the thing about a really great lyricist and why I love hip-hop," he said. "There's layers of the onion, of the bars. I'll still be catching bars that I didn't even fully peep for years of listening to songs. That's why we love it so much. You can't do nothing but love greatness... highest respect to Em."
As a fellow white rapper, G-Eazy also expressed the responsibility he and Eminem have to acknowledge their privilege and use the platform they've been given. "It’s our civil duty, that's just it," he said. "Especially in times like this to address, talk about, and have dialogue and have conversation.
Watch the full interview above, in which G-Eazy also speaks of his forthcoming album The Beautiful and the Damned, collaborating with Halsey, his current girlfriend, and more.