In 1986 the Beastie Boys made a mark in hip-hop with their album License To Ill. The Beastie Boys brought something new to hip-hop besides been three white guys. The Beastie Boys were the first hip-hop acts to incorporate rock music with their raps. The Beastie Boys influenced their label mates; Run DMC, to collaborate with rock group Aerosmith on the classic song “Walk This Way”.
After the Beastie Boys faded no other white hip-hop acts were respected in hip-hop until 1999. In 1999 a white rapper from Detroit came out with bleached blonde hair and no filter named Eminem. From 1999 to 2003 Eminem dominated hip-hop the way no rapper has ever. Eminem has sold the most albums in hip-hop history and he only has released 6 solo albums. If the Beastie Boys unlocked the door then Eminem took it off the henges.
Since Eminem took hip-hop by storm no white rapper has made much impact in the hip-hop world but slowly and surely white rappers have been swarming through all the blogs and radio stations.
Rappers like Machine Gun Kelly, Mac Miller, and Yelawolf have been supported by pop culture but if you are like me and do not find those three enjoyable there are multiple white rappers flourishing in the underground hip-hop scene. Rappers like El-P, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Slug (of Atmosphere), Macklemore, Action Bronson, CopyWrite, Apathy, and Evidence are great.
I doubt we see any of white rapper reach Eminem’s success anytime soon but at least white rappers do not stick out like a sore thumbs any longer.