'Rolling Stone' Magazine Names Eminem King of Hip Hop

August 15, 2011 By:
'Rolling Stone' Magazine Names Eminem King of Hip Hop

Eminem is one of those artists that can take a ten-year hiatus, come back and simply hint that he's going to make a new album and everyone will go nuts over the announcement.

Jay Z may have been named the Cash King by Forbes Magazine, but Eminem was just crowned the King of Hip Hop by Rolling Stone magazine.

The magazine ranked 20 solo rappers (no groups) who have dropped albums within from 2009 to July of 2011. They looked at album sales, rankings on the R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap charts as well as YouTube views, concert sales and critics' ratings. They left no stone unturned. And Eminem came out on top.

More than half of Eminem's 7.5 million in sales were taken by Recovery, which was the best selling album in the U.S. in 2010. Period.

“One-fourth of those albums sold digitally, making it the first album in history to sell more than a million non-physical copies, a mark it crossed just last month,” reports Rolling Stone.

“Thanks to his two latest chart-topping albums, 2009's Relapse and 2010's Recovery, the man otherwise known as Slim Shady sold more than two and a half times the number of albums as the second-ranked Lil Wayne during our survey period,” says Rolling Stone.

One interesting similarity between Rolling Stones 'King of Hip-Hop' list and Forbes 'Cash King' list is that Nicki Minaj is the only female on both list. You work it girl! I'd be scared not to include her on the list. She seems like a sweet Barbie doll, but she also looks like she can knock someone out in one punch. #justsayin.

The master ranking for the Rolling Stones article is:

1. Eminem-1169

2. Lil Wayne-1134

3. Drake-1020

4. Kanye West-784

5. Jay-Z-666

6. Nicki Minaj-630

7. Rick Ross-549

8. Ludacris-548

9. Gucci Mane-545

10. T.I.-533

Jay-Z barely made the top five on the 'Rolling Stone' list, but having bragging rights to being named the 'Cash King' by Forbes magazine is pretty awesome itself.

"Cash Kings 2011: Hip Hop's Top Earners" describes the hip hop millionaires as "all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap," and "the estimates include income from record sales, touring, digital downloads, films, merchandise sales, endorsements, books and other entertainment ventures."

Jay-Z topped the list making $37 million in 2011 followed by P.Diddy who made $35 million and Kanye West, who made $16 million.

Do you agree with Rolling Stone's decision to name Eminem the King of Hip-Hop? Let us know who you would choose in the comments below.