As one of the top rappers in the game, Eminem has built up a considerable amount of credibility for himself: his warped-Cinderella rise to fame (from 8 Mile to multi-millionaire), big-name collaborations, and controversial lyrics of an insightful vulgarism have all given Marshall Mathers substantial bragging rights. And while the Real Slim Shady isn’t shy about showing his hubris, he’s also been known to give credit where it’s duly inspired him. In “Till I Collapse,” the 18th track off the album The Eminem Show, Mathers recites in descending order those rappers he believes demonstrate the best craft. Coming in at the tail end of the list, he names himself.

But what we want to know, is: How does Eminem stack up against his own favorites?

We’ve broken down Shady’s “Till I Collapse” Rapper List, comparing and contrasting each artist’s average ticket prices of the past year, and/or their overall album sales (where available) with Em’s own data – saving, like the surprisingly humble rapper does himself, Mathers for last in each category. To see how Redman, Jay Z, Tupac, Biggie, Andre 3000, Jadakiss, Kurupt, and Nas stand against the musical giant who looks up to them, read through our brief analysis below, or keep scrolling for visuals on ticket prices and record sales.

Eminem vs. “Till I Collapse” Rappers

With available data concentrating solely on the past 2011-2012 year, Mathers lands toward the bottom end of the average ticket-price pack. Jay Z clocks in at No. 1, with the highest average price paid for his MGM Grand Garden Arena show in Vegas last September tallied at $642. That’s almost $300 more than Eminem’s average ticket-price high of $348 dollars, plopped down for his Manchester Farm show around the same time Jay performed in the desert playground. Em’s take is still higher than Jadakiss’ $100 average, but well short of Nas’ $500 top haul.

Moving ahead into album-sales comparisons, including those rappers for whom averageEminem as 'The Real Slim Shady' ticket-price data weren’t available, the context widens and so does Mathers’ lead. Far and away, Eminem is the top-selling artist of the group. Even posthumous record-crushers Biggie and Tupac, who come in at a staggering 58 and 75 million records, respectively, fall far below Eminem’s 86-million global tally. The others barely bear mentioning – even, or especially, Redman, whom Em calls “Reggie” in “Till I Collapse,” listing him first among his premier rappers. Apparently, the domestic community disagrees: Redman’s US album sales to date only number around 7 million (compared with Eminem’s 40 million), and those include collaborations with Method Man.

To conclude, it would seem it’s “Till I Collapse” Rappers 1, Eminem 1. However, if Em heads out on tour again soon (like he’s bound to?), we’ll have more data with which to play the numbers game, calling for a reevaluation of how the master stacks up against his own inspiration.

“Till I Collapse” Rapper List Average Ticket Prices

Jay Z Average Ticket Prices 2011-2012

CityStateVenueDateAvg. Ticket Price

Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 9/24/2011 $642.66
Atlanta GA Philips Arena 10/28/2011 $147.15
Atlanta GA Philips Arena 10/29/2011 $149.07
Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 10/30/2011 $138.91
Baltimore MD 1st Mariner Arena 11/1/2011 $122.71
Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/2/2011 $126.94
Washington DC Verizon Center 11/3/2011 $181.24
East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/5/2011 $262.44
East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/6/2011 $203.19
New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/7/2011 $211.10
New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/8/2011 $211.38
Sunrise FL BankAtlantic Center 11/14/2011 $182.24
Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/15/2011 $178.43
Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 11/18/2011 $277.10
Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 11/19/2011 $177.57
Boston MA TD Garden 11/21/2011 $166.80
Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/22/2011 $254.00
Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/23/2011 $217.15
Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/24/2011 $269.51
Auburn Hills MI Palace of Auburn Hills 11/26/2011 $135.41
Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 11/27/2011 $114.54
Kansas City MO Sprint Center 11/29/2011 $108.89
Chicago IL United Center 11/30/2011 $136.35
Chicago IL United Center 12/1/2011 $186.62
New Orleans LA New Orleans Arena 12/3/2011 $114.25
Houston TX Toyota Center 12/5/2011 $146.25
Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/6/2011 $123.47
Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 12/9/2011 $189.90
Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/11/2011 $207.71
Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/12/2011 $234.81
Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/13/2011 $180.79
San Jose CA HP Pavilion 12/14/2011 $156.72
Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 12/16/2011 $106.87
Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/17/2011 $178.85
Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/18/2011 $121.40
New York NY Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium (New York) 2/6/2012 $418.53
New York NY Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium (New York) 2/7/2012 $410.87
Paris Palais Omnisports 6/2/2012 $166.14
Philadelphia PA Benjamin Franklin Parkway 9/1/2012 $81.48
Philadelphia PA Benjamin Franklin Parkway 9/2/2012 $64.35
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/28/2012 $224.92
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/29/2012 $179.39
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/30/2012 $124.38
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/1/2012 $142.65
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/3/2012 $120.21
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/4/2012 $130.76
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/5/2012 $136.08
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/6/2012 $159.95

Jadakiss Average Ticket Prices 2011-2012

CityStateVenueDateAvg. Ticket Price

New York NY Best Buy Theater 11/24/2011 $66.09
Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 9/1/2012 $96.68

Nas Average Ticket Prices 2011-2012

CityStateVenueDateAvg. Ticket Price

Indio CA Empire Polo Field 4/15/2011 $500.89
Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 8/9/2011 $50.10
San Bernardino CA San Manuel Amphitheater 8/20/2011 $86.07
Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 8/27/2011 $102.62
Austin TX Zilker Park 9/16/2011 $226.57
Detroit MI Chene Park 6/9/2012 $70.00
San Bernardino CA NOS Events Center 8/18/2012 $175.29
Mountain View CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 8/25/2012 $174.05
Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 9/1/2012 $146.42

Eminem Average Ticket Price 2011-2012

CityStateVenueDate Avg. Ticket Price

Manchester TN Manchester Farm 6/9/2011 $348.37

“Till I Collapse” Rapper List Album Sales

Redman Album Sales

Around 7 million in the US (worldwide album sales unavailable)

Outkast Album Slaes

Around 25 million in the US (worldwide album sales unavailable)

Tupac Worldwide Album Sales

75 million records

Biggie Worldwide Album Sales

58 million records

Jay Z Worldwide Album Sales

Around 50 million records

Eminem Album Sales

Around 40 million records in the US, 86.5 million worldwide

Eminem: “Till I Collapse”

Eminem: “Real Slim Shady”