Drake Vs. Eminem – Who is More Popular?

Drake Vs. Eminem - Who is More Popular
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Drake Vs. Eminem - Who is More Popular
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In the world of hip-hop music, Drake and Eminem are both talented, artistic, and popular for being exceptional rappers in the music industry. Both rappers make The Game’s top teń rappers alive list and are also included in other collections of rappers who are considered to be the best and most popular across the world.

Given the differences in their rap style and flow, it is quite normal that many hip-hop fans around the world would want to choose Eminem over Drake, or vice versa.  They are both two of the most popular rappers in the world, unquestionably. However, an interesting debate among fans is who is more popular – Eminem or Drake?

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, professionally known as Eminem and crowned the  King of Hip-Pop by Rolling Stone kick-started his career in music as a 14-year-old teen rapper in Detroit, Michigan. His first studio album, Infinite was released in 1966 and since then, Eminem has continued to wow the world with deep and insightful music.

Toronto-born Aubrey Drake Graham was born into a family of musicians, his father being a rock n roll drummer and his uncle, a bass player.  So, you can say, he grew with the music energy in his blood. Drake took his first step into entertainment in 2001 with his acting role in Degrassi as Jimmy Brooks. Much later in 2006, Drake established his presence on the hip-hop music scene with the release of his first mixtape, Room for Improvement. Steadily, the actor cum rapper continued to rise, keeping the world tuned in to his tone and making grand success while at it.

Most hip-hop lovers love a good topic of controversy, especially when it is related to their favorite artists. The question of who is better between Eminem and Drake has received contrasting views from fans of either artist. For artists of their Calibre, one cannot tell which is actually famous.

Well, get your reading goggles on, as we will be trying to figure out which of these artists is more popular, by peeking through their music sales, social media fanbase, and awards.

Music Sale


In Southpawers updated list of biggest selling rappers, Eminem is recorded to have sold 227 million units and made a sale of over 220 million from his records. His biggest selling song, “Love The Way You Lie” has reached 18.5 million in sales. According to the Billboard charts,  Eminem has made 10 No. 1 hits and 11 top 10 hits.


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After his first mixtape sold about 6,000 copies in 2006, Drake is recorded to have sold 152 million units sold and his record sales hit over 170 million. His biggest record in Billboard history is the artist to win the most charted song on Billboard Hot 100. Drake is easily one of the best-selling artists in the world presently.

Social Media Popularity

While Eminem fans would say he is more popular than Drake, their social media metrics do not affirm that. On the contrary, Drake has a larger fanbase on social media than Eminem.

With over 30 million followers on Instagram, Eminem comes second to Drake, who is over 70 million followers on Instagram.

Also,  Drake leads in the game with over 2 million followers and beats Eminem hands down, with his approx 900,000 followers on Twitter.

However, on Youtube, Eminem ranks. No. 6 on the list of most subscribed YouTube artists with around 49 million subscribers while Drake ranks No. 28 on the list with over 25 million subscribers.

Awards and Nominations


The 34-year-old Certified Lover Boy singer has an impressive record of awards received. After being nominated for the Grammy Awards 44 times, Drake is now a proud four-time Grammy Awardee. For the Billboard Music Awards, Drake has won no less than 29 awards and has been nominated 81 times.


Eminem is not laid back on bagging numerous awards either.  Eminem has won 15 Grammy Awards in 44 nominations. Likewise, from 24  nominations, Eminem has bagged 15 wins for the American Music Awards, and for the Billboard Music Awards, the Rap star has had 17 wins in 31 nominations.

Final Words

Now that you know more about these renowned rappers, who would you say is more popular? Eminem, or Drake? While Eminem began his music career several years before Drake ventured into music, Drake has grown to the stage of being named alongside Eminem. Both artists have put in the work to reach the peak of their music careers and the game they get for it is deserving. However, it is more inspiring to know that these artists, with normal backgrounds just like every other person, deemed it their goal to be the best at what they do.