^^ Since when does Irv Gotti's opinion have clout? Bottom line: Em has people in the industry with BIGGER shoes (Jay, Rakim, etc etc) co-signing him. Not to mention Jay HIMSELF has said he considers Em competition, and that's pretty much it. The reason why alot of black people say he can "never make those kinds of classics" is cuz he's WHITE. Period. He has a whole catalogue of deep tracks they're overlooking, primarily the 8 Mile tracks. Who says every single track a rapper makes HAS to be serious?
Irv Gotti is an industry exec who's sold millions of records, made millions of dollars, and played a big part in the success of some hip hops top selling artist, including Jay-Z. The better question is, what have YOU done that gives your opinion any clout? It's funny you spend so much of your time on here trying to prove Em is better than Jay-Z but you use a Jay cosign as your defense of Em's validity. Also, the reason why a lot of black people say he can "never make those kinds of classics" is b/c he can't. Name some? Stop using his race as a crutch. Being white is not synonymous with making "clown music".
Not to mention Em was 26 when SSLP came out, not 17 or 18, and 37 when Relaspe came out, not 17 or 18. So basically he's almost 40 now still rapping about the same stupid s**t he was too old to be rapping about on his 1st album.