Eminem is the king... of YouTube.
On Monday evening the veteran rapper eclipsed the 17 million subscriber mark on his YouTube VEVO channel, making him the first hip-hop artist to reach this lofty plateau.
Slim Shady isn't just lapping his rap competitors though, he is lapping almost the entire music industry. Only four acts have accumulated more YouTube subscribers than Eminem: One Direction (18 million), Rihanna (18 million), Katy Perry (17.4 million) and Taylor Swift (17.3 million).
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How about his rapping counterparts? Well, lets just say it's not even a conversation. Drake, who had the most successful year of any artist in hip-hop in 2015, has 4.1 million subscribers, Kendrick Lamar, who recently dubbed himself as "the chosen one," has 1.5 million and J. Cole, who has an HBO concert special airing in January, just recently cracked the 1 million mark.
When you step back even further, away from hip-hop and music completely, Eminem's massive following on YouTube is even more impressive. The emcee currently has the 9th most popular YouTube account in the world, which ranks number five in the United States.
The Detroit native can undoubtedly point to the combined 32.4 million views that his "Phenomenal" video and corresponding lyric and behind-the-scenes videos have accumulated over the past five months as the reason his VEVO account has surpassed the 17 million subscriber mark and, in the process, pushed past fellow A-lister Justin Bieber and his 16 million subscribers.
[by DJ Z, who is one of Eminem's 17 million subscribers. Photo by Dan Garcia.]