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Eminem & Royce (Bad Meets Evil) – Hell: The Sequel

Do you remember the rewind button? You know the button you would press when a lyricist said something so dope that you had to quickly skip back to hear it again?  Yeah, me neither. Gone are the days of artists that make me lose my mind.  That is until “Bad Meets Evil” returned.

If you’re unaware of who exactly “Bad Meets Evil” are meet the mic-controllers Royce Da 5’9” and Eminem!

Rewind to the days of Em’s major label debut, (I.E. “The Slim Shady LP”).  In between the “My Name Is…” shenanigans and the Dr. Dre fuelled “Guilty Conscience” there was a particular guest appearance worth noting, Royce Da 5’9”.  The “Bad Meets Evil” collabo had listeners fiendin’ for more and asking the question, “Who is Royce?” While their chemistry built over the next few years beef eventually brewed between the two during a Royce ghost-writing stint for Dr Dre’s classic “2001.” The unfortunate death of D-12 member Proof led the two emcees to squash their issues and move forward.  Now they’re back with a fury-filled effort that allows every hip-hop cynic to dust off the old Rewind button!

Welcome to Hell: The Sequel

This venture features two emcees at the top of their games with an added chip on their shoulders, (a lethal combination).  I haven’t been this excited about an album in quite a while and rarely do such ventures equate to satisfaction.  So how happy was I with this release?  After my first listening I actually went out and purchased the hard copy!  And this is coming from a guy who rarely believes artists deserve my hard earned skrilla.

From the onset this EP lays a beating on your eardrums.  Super-Producer Havoc laces the introduction, “Welcome 2 Hell,” with the perfect backdrop.  The duo’s rapid fire delivery and lyrics left me breathless and then “Fastlane” starts up, (the albums lead single), letting listener’s know there will be no rest for the wicked.

“Let me tell you what this pretty little dames name is, cuz she’s kinda famous, and I hope that I don’t sound too heinous when I say this Nicki Minaj, but I wanna stick my penis in your anus”

With EP’s artists have no room for error and this one is the perfect blueprint for those trying to capture fans attention in a short period of time. It contains a vast amount of subject matter: Bravado, Pain, Suffering, Joy, Torture, Debauchery and Addiction. Serious audio that has never sounded better. The production is blessed with gifts from Havoc, Mr Porter, Sid Roams & Bangladesh.  Guest features are left to a minimum, but they all bring their A-game.  Royce’s group Slaughterhouse appear on the testosterone-heavy “Loud Noises.” While Bruno Mars shocks the world with an epic loop on the single “Lighters”.

The rappers themselves have never sounded so focused, so much so that neither emcee is out-shined by the other on any song. I highly recommend this album to anyone who isn’t easily upset (Extreme Parental Advisory Warning!).  If an old guy like me can go out and spend a few bucks on an album it must be good.

Rating:  5 out of 5 D’s (for Dreamland & Detroit!)

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  • Anonymous

    After reading this earlier today I was a little more than intrigued about giving this album a chance. Having now listened to it in its entirety I am glad I did. I use to be a huge Eminem fan, HUGE! However, I HATED Recovery. This album instead brings me back to the darkness that was Relapse and adds the extra blessing of Royce’s accompaniment. Thank you for writing this, thank you for sharing your opinion… This is the type of information that makes Dreamland exactly what its title stands for. 

    BTW love the inclusion of “The Reunion,” by far the best song on the album!

    • Anonymous

      The Reunion is that joint!  You know as well as I do how much we loved Relapse and this brought me back.  ESPECIALLY when he references it!  BAGPIPES OVER BAGHDAD!

      Thanks homie, I’m glad they both came nice on this album.  Royce is my boy, love this guy.  I hope he sees some success.

      • Anonymous

        I actually think the remixed the beat for it. Not sure, but either way… I freakin love that song. The whole album is as good as you promised. I never doubt your advice though. As usual I just overlooked my concerns and gave it a listen. 

  • Chris Elliott

    Love it! So glad to see you dropping a music piece again dude! Amazing job. I absolutely love the chemistry these guys have. And, thank GOD we get to hear that Shady anger again. 5 out of 5 D’s for this piece G! Brap! 

    • Anonymous

      Angry EM is a good thing for music!  I loved this album so much, I rock it all day at work!

  • Jonathanleebrock

    It was only a matter of time until these guys did something big! As for you Johnny, you are always doing big things! Well done buddy!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for reading brother, youd like the album fo sho.

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