It's hard to know who to trust.

Everyone has their own opinions, especially about something like music. And when these opinions are expressed, especially on the internet, they are often rebuffed. With GREAT VITRIOL!!! Amazingly enough, not everybody agrees with everything everybody else says. The surprising result: contradictory opinions!

If you like a certain artist's music more than the person you're talking to, chances are you are a "Stan." Named for the famous fanatic in Eminem's classic, Stans love their favorite stars so much that they are blind to any possible faults these stars might have. They love everything and anything their idols do, unconditionally, totally irrationally. They would literally buy a piece of poop that has come from the bottom of those they worship.

If you dislike a certain artist's music more than the person you're talking to, you are probably a "hater." Named for "player hater," someone who's hatred of someone else is based more on jealousy than anything else, haters hate their least favorite stars so much that they are blind to any possible redeeming qualities the stars might have. They hate everything and anything the targets of their bile do, unconditionally, totally irrationally. They would literally find fault with the Mona Lisa if it was painted by one of the artists they hate.

As you can see arguing either side of these matters can be very frustrating. What's the "truth?" Well, the quality of music made by an individual is a subjective judgment. So there really is not any "truth."

Except for what we, the staff at Complex magazine, believe. That is the truth. That is the objective reality. Don't be a Stan, don't be a hater. Learn the truth. Read What Stans and Haters Say About Your Favorite Rapper...(And the Reality.) 

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