Though Eminem has always held Slaughterhouse in high esteem, having previously signed the quartet to Shady Records and executive producing their major-label debut Welcome To Our House, his appreciation for their craftmanship has only grown with time. Especially in the case of KXNG Crooked, with whom Em recently collaborated on Music To Be Murdered By highlight “I Will” and the Family Bvsiness crew cut “Skip This Ad.” So much so that Eminem actually declared the former Death Row signee to be one of the greatest of all time, a personally-curated list he shared yesterday afternoon

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Specifically, Eminem named Lil Wayne, 2Pac, Royce Da 5’9″, Jay-Z, Redman, Treach, Kool G. Rap, Notorious B.I.G, KXNG Crooked, LL Cool J, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Joyner Lucas, Andre 3000, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane. While the co-sign already sparked an excited response from Joyner, KXNG Crook also took a moment to react to his lofty placement, issuing himself a challenge in the process.

“Now how the hell did I make Eminem’s greatest rappers ever list and not yours??” he wonders. “I got more work to do I see.” In truth, it’s great to see Em openly recognizing Crook’s technical prowess; all too often, the west-coast lyricist goes underappreciated, especially considering that his flow, bars, and wordplay are as impressive as anyone’s. Check out his response for yourself below, and show some love to Crook by streaming his Joell Ortiz collaboration album H.A.R.D. right here.