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On December 3rd, 2009, Marshall "Eminem" Mathers made the following tweet:

"I just want everyone to see my actual new high Donkey Kong score. Wiebe beware!"

Out of nowhere, one of the most famous rappers in the world—one of the most famous entertainers in the world—had proudly announced that not only did he play Donkey Kong, but that he possessed abilities well above that of the common player. Even further, he alluded to competitive ambitions.

This was all a surprise, to say the least, to both his fans and to the Donkey Kong community.

On March 30th, 2010, four months after his original Donkey Kong tweet, Eminem followed it up with another:

"To my fellow Kongers, peep the new high score. Just imagine if I had more free time... "

If the first tweet was a surprise, this one was downright shocking. 272,300 is a great score, but 465,800 is no less than world class—close to the top 20 on the Twin Galaxies leaderboard.

Patrick Scott Patterson, writing for, proposed that readers and Eminem fans should urge the star to make an official submission, but one was not forthcoming.

In November 2010, a Rolling Stone cover story interview with Eminem shed more light on the basis of his Donkey Kong fixation, and on his goals:

Eminem is a vintage video-game fiend. The studio lobby is filled with arcade classics: Donkey Kong, Frogger, Space Invaders. His interest grew after seeing a documentary called The King of Kong, about a mild-mannered engineer named Steve Wiebe and his quest to capture the world Donkey Kong record. (Two of Eminem's machines are autographed by Wiebe.) He says he's also trying to break Wiebe's record, and on one of his Donkey Kong games, all six high scores belong to MBM – Marshall Bruce Mathers.

The bad guy in The King of Kong is named Billy Mitchell, a loudmouthed jerk not entirely unlike a certain white rapper. Cocky and snide, he's an ideal dramatic foil for the sweet, modest family man Wiebe. "It's a perfect contrast," Eminem says of the pairing. "A hero and a villain." Just which of those two he himself wants to be is one of the many things Eminem is trying to figure out.

It would appear that "Wiebe beware" was no idle threat, and that Eminem is indeed pursuing the record. We can only assume that, if he hasn't lost interest, his game has improved since the interview.


Pretty cool, had no idea.