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5. Eminem Wakes Up on Time to Catch the Rap Olympics

On B.o.B.’s “Airplanes, Part II,” Eminem wonders aloud what would have happened if “his alarm went off to wake him, but he didn't make it to the Rap Olympics, slept through his plane and he missed it?” Most likely, one of the most notable solo careers in music history, let alone hip-hop, would have never occurred. Just prior to the 1997 Rap Olympics, a major competition for unknown rappers to gain national attention, the then-unknown Em had been evicted from his home. Shady actually had to break into his own place to sleep on the floor before catching a flight to Los Angeles, where the competition was being held. Call it luck or call it fate, but Em happened to wake up on time with no alarm clock and caught his flight to the competition, which led to him being discovered by Dr. Dre.

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