Maybe the best rapper ever. Despite being white, (in songs like "White America" and other places, a question is raised as to whether this may be BECAUSE of, instead of DESPITE being white) Eminem has sold more than any other hip-hop artist ever. He started off poor in Detroit, and released two Albums to no real breakout success - "Infinity" and "The Slim Shady EP". Then he was discovered by Dr. Dre
, and soon released "The Slim Shady LP" under a actual record label - a first for him. He has since gone on to sell over 80 million with subsequent "The Marshal Mathers LP", "The Eminem Show", and "Encore", among other side projects. There was a movie based on his early life, 8 Mile
Eminem may not have had an impact on the formation of today's rap like 2pac
did, but when all is said and done, he's probably changed it more.