How Eminem's Loss At 1997 Rap Olympics Ultimately Led To Dr. Dre Deal

“I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” - Tupac
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Eminem is known as one of the best MCs in Hip Hop history — that can’t be disputed. With over 10 million albums sold and a discography that stretches back to the 1990s, Slim Shady and has paid his dues and them some. But before he was the self-professed “Rap God,” he was Marshall Mathers, an aspiring rapper from Detroit who lived on 8 Mile Road and attended open mics at the Hip Hop Shop on West 7 Mile as a teen.

Much like the 2002 film 8 Mile, Eminem found him face to face with some vicious battle rappers ready to lyrically stomp him into the ground. And, yes, he often emerged victorious. But in 1997 while participating in the Rap Olympics during the Rap Sheet convention at the Red Lion Hotel in Los Angeles, Eminem met his match — Otherwize.

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