I mean sure. There are no objective music opinions but he described him as ‘average’ which isn’t really dismissing him, particularly not in the context of this site where most of us are into the more interesting edge cases of music genres we love.
Average is doing the work of mainstream to me here.
I just don’t really think a “everyone is good in their own way” both sideism is that important a point.
Your question is more valid. I can’t really comment on the evidence for or against his fame being based on marketing because I don’t know him, but I certainly do think shrewd management is an important part of what separates bands that make it big from those who don’t.
Maybe Paulo has more evidence I was only objecting to an unintentional framing that made it sound like it was peculiar to rap.