Dr. Umar has been known for his controversial opinions on race. He recently sat down with Joe Budden and spoke about Hip Hop’s greats.
He said Eminem should not be listed among Hip Hop’s greatest rappers because “No non-African can ever be the best of anything African. It is an insult to the ancestors, it is an insult to the race, and it is an insult to every Black person.”
“We gotta stop naming non-African people as being the best of any aspect of our cultural power because it is an insult … I can acknowledge Eminem’s talent. But for you to put him at the top, that’s white supremacy.”
He continued, in trending clips, “I don’t see Eminem building no schools and hospitals,” Umar said. “I don’t see DJ Khaled building no schools and hospitals. I don’t see DJ Vlad building no damn [inaudible] and supermarkets.”
“When things started happening for me, I was getting a lot of heat, being a white rapper, and XXL wrote something about that. I remember going to one of those newsstands in New York when the magazine had just started out, and I bought that and a couple of other rap magazines. I flipped to the last page first, and XXL was dissing me. What the fuck?”