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Chosen by: NME’s Jamie Hodgson

He found himself aligned with Eminem in the late ’90s after rumours spread that the talented-yet-generic-sounding Detroiter had switched to emulating the semi-biographical narrative flows that defined his NYC contemporary. But if it was Em’s cartoony fun and technique that powered his meteoric rise, Cage’s reptilian rasp, gruesome imagination and extreme ‘realness’ proved at least some trump.

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