On Saturday, November 5, longtime hip-hop artist Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known better by his stage name Eminem, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is quite a complicated matter in the music industry, as the institution has a history of overlooking the most influential artists in hip-hop. He even addressed this issue in the induction speech that he gave that night, saying that “I know that I’m a rapper, and this is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and there’s only a few of us right now who have been inducted in already.” During his speech, he spent a massive chunk of it listing the names of over 100 rappers who he had as his “teachers.”
“I would not be me without them. I’m a high-school dropout with a hip-hop education, and these are my teachers. It’s their night just as much as it is mine.”
Eminem was inducted by his longtime friend and collaborator Dr. Dre, which took place in Los Angeles. “I knew that his gifts were undeniable,” Dr. Dre. said. “Each of us were exactly what the other one needed—and I was willing to bet my entire career on that.” You can watch his induction in the video posted by Eminem Studios on YouTube.