This is my first article for GuysNation and I am proud to introduce myself to the community. Long awaited since I was in grade school and first introduced to Eminem back in 1999, it was also the introduction of Royce Da 5’9 and their group Bad Meets Evil.
Track number 19 on the Slim Shady LP, tentatively titled “Bad Meets Evil”, was a spotlight on Eminem’s debut album. Royce da 5’9 was poised for success, but due to album issues and a huge fallout with Eminem, it was not to be.
The public feud Royce da 5’9 had with Eminem and his other group D12 got quite large and at times the fights extended beyond the verbal stages and became physical. But after the death of D12 member Proof, the two sides found a way to patch things up and the Bad Meets Evil concept was once again reborn.
Bad Meets Evil’s EP, Hell: The Sequel, is a refreshing side of Eminem which puts on display a creative side of hip-hop. In Hell: The Sequel Eminem fans are given a different side of the MC by diverting from the typical songs that people are used to hearing from the Detroit rapper.
His counterpart Royce da 5’9, while not as mainstream, holds his own with Eminem. The main single “Fast Lane” gives us some of the old stylings of Eminem, incorporating a lot of the puns and silly raps we received from Eminem prior to his reported massive drug addictions and domestic issues.
Both artists are very lyrical on the EP. “Fast Lane” provides both catchy rhymes and very intelligent raps from Royce da 5’9 as well. The second single of the album, “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars, is a different side of what we recieve from Eminem. It reminds me of more of the days when we would hear Eminem on Rawkus compliations, which Shady considers more “alternative hip-hop”.
The collaboration is refreshing because of the different side we get to see from Eminem. Royce da 5’9 on this EP seems to be the smaller artist to mainstream society, however, Royce da 5’9 has been torching the underground hip-hop scene in recent years.
My personal favorite in the album is the song “Loud Noises” featuring recent signees to Shady Records Slaughterhouse, another supergroup which Royce da 5’9 is a part of. “Loud Noises” gives listeners the return of Joe Budden’s gritty voice, more of Eminem and Royce da 5’9′s cerebral lyrics and introduces people to Joell Ortiz and Crooked I.
The only problem is Hell: The Sequel is short consisting of nine songs unless you purchase the Special Edition version.
Overall, Hell the Sequel is a solid album and must buy for the community of GuysNation.