The Legacy Of Hip Hop History Essay

1115 Words Nov 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout hip-hop history there have been hundreds of thousands of artists that have touched the microphone and tried to establish their name in the genre. Every year, a couple dozen go viral, a handful make it big, but there are only one if any that become household names and forge a legacy that won’t ever be forgotten. Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Ice Cube are only a few of those cherished names, and among those legendary artists are Kanye West and Eminem. They are two of the most known artists of the 21st century and have long careers that have been rivaled by few. They have plenty of similarities and differences in their childhood and adolescence, their pre-fame reputation and discovery, and first hit singles.

Kanye West was born in June 8, 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia to Ray West, a former Black Panther, and Donda West, Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University. After his parent’s divorced in 1980, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. Kanye was raised in a suburban neighborhood. Marshal Mathers III, otherwise known as Eminem, was born five years prior to Kanye’s birth, but wasn’t as lucky as Kanye was from a financial standpoint. Due to his father abandoning him and his mother, Debbie Nelson, they weren 't able to afford a permanent home, shuttling between Missouri and Michigan, primarily living with family members for no longer than a year or two. Both Kanye and Eminem had someone absent fathers, so it was their mothers that was…

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