Eminem Is The ‘Godfather Of The Hip-Hop Game,’ G-Unit Members Say

Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks attribute Eminem's chart-topping success to his fan base.

His reign at the top is not short like leprechauns, but long like scowling giants: Eminem is enjoying his fifth week
with the top-selling album in the country. Wednesday, on the set of Lloyd Banks’ “Any Girl” video, G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo said the key to Em’s success is simple and obvious: He has a very loyal fanbase .

“Congratulations, man,” Lloyd Banks said. “Damn! I don’t even know what else to say. I know he’s happy and I’m happy for him. It’s big. He might do six weeks or seven weeks [at #1]. Em has a cult following and they ain’t gonna turn their backs on him. He’s gonna shine on the darkest day. I think he wasn’t never afraid to bring people into his life, [but] at the same time you don’t see Em. You don’t see [him on] reality shows, you don’t see him as much; you see him through his music. He brings you into his life. You know about his wife, his kids, his best friend. On that last album, he touched on a lot of those topics and other personal things he had going on, too. A lot of people can relate to it. I feel like his music is getting more and more powerful. The messages are bigger. With me touring and going all around, you actually see it. I just hope I get a record with him real soon.”

“Eminem is like the godfather of the hip-hop game,” Yayo said. “In a time like this, when records are not selling, he’s the only one that is selling. You know, Drake and all the other ones [did well], but Em did [close to] 800,000 his first week, and he’s #1 for the fifth week. It’s incredible. I think he has a faithful fan base of people who have been following him for years. They’re not going to stop following him and not stop listening to his music. Em said he didn’t like his last album as much as this one. You can hear the difference. I like both of the albums. ’3 a.m.’ is one of my joints. But Eminem has followers that’s gonna mess with him until the day he dies.”

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