Joe Budden – Slaughtermouse
It was only last month we were hearing rumours that Joe Budden was about to go in on Royce and Em with a diss on his upcoming album. Royce even took to twitter to confront the fellow slaughterhouse member saying ‘I heard you dissed me and em on your album… you sure you want that problem?. Well either there was never such a track or Budden has thrown it in the trash because his latest track titled Slaughtermouse is an open letter giving nothing but praise to his Shady Records boss Eminem. Throughout the track Budden spits some emotional bars comparing his life to Em’s and asking the Rap God for some advice. He also gives praise to Royce and expresses how much joy it gave him to see him and Em get back together with Bad Meets Evil saying ‘When Bad Met Evil, nigga who was happier than me?/ You woulda thought it was my album and I was on that shit’.
Slaughtermouse will feature on Budden’s upcoming album All Love Lost which is scheduled for an October 16 release. The track is produced by none other than araabMUZIK who provides a chilled and somewhat spiritual beat which fits perfectly with Budden’s deep lyrics. If you’re loving this track than make sure you head over to iTunes and pre-order the album as you will receive Slaughtermouse as an instant download.
So it seems like it’s nothing but love in the Shady Records fam! Check out Slaughtermouse below and cop All Love Lost on October 16. I wonder if Em will pen a letter back….
Dr. Dre to Release New Album as ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Soundtrack
Whilst it may not be the album we have so desperately been waiting for (Detox) fans can finally rejoice as news has surfaced that Dr. Dre will be releasing new music. In an interview with the Rise & Grind Morning Show on Philadelphia’s Power 99 fellow N.W.A. member Ice Cube let slip that Dre would be releasing a soundtrack for the Straight Outta Compton biopic. The soundtrack is expected to feature new music from the beat maestro along with some new tracks from the likes of Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. If that’s not enough to get fans pumped rumour has it that the soundtrack will also feature brand new music from N.W.A. however; it is unsure which members are exactly involved (we are praying it’s all surviving members). Dre is expected to announce the news on his Beats 1 radio program The Pharmacy this Saturday.
The movie which tells the story of the notorious group is due out next month and whilst Cube said the soundtrack would be released on the same day as the movie, other sources have said that the soundtrack will be released at a later date. The sooner the better but to be honest who cares about when it’s released lets just praise the Lord that we are finally going to hear some new Dre! and not just Dre but new N.W.A., new Em and new Kendrick, its every hip hop fans wet dream come true.
As I said before it may not be Detox but it is definitely the next best thing, as a matter of fact it could possibly be the best thing. Keep your ears peeled because by the sound of things this soundtrack should be out in the next month or so. Straight Outta Compton is in cinemas next month and you can check out the trailer below and also the Ice Cube interview with Power 99.
Last year Eminem bedazzled fans with his next level freestyle on the Shady CXVPHER. The seven minute onslaught was nothing short of amazing and showed the world that Shady was still on top of his game. Not even a year later and the Rap God has returned with what could possibly be his greatest freestyle to date. Whilst Em’s music has failed to create a spark in recent years there is no denying that his freestyle game is stronger than ever.
Appearing on Sway in the Morning to promote the upcoming film Southpaw, Eminem surprised everyone by spitting a six minute A Cappella freestyle. Barely taking a second to breathe Shady spits one of the most profane but at the same time hilarious freestyles of recent times (we wouldn’t expect anything less). No one was safe from Marshall’s onslaught as he took on a number of controversial topics, taking shots at the likes of Miley Cyrus, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Azealia Banks and Caitlyn Jenner ‘I see the bitch in you Caitlyn, I keep the pistol tucked like Bruce Jenner’s dick’.
We may not get the music we want out of Eminem anymore however; its good to know the king still has it in him! Check out the incredible freestyle below and make sure you check out the Southpaw soundtrack which is available today!
This is probably the coolest thing you will see this week!
Over the years comics and hip hop have shared a strong relationship, the likes of MF DOOM, David Banner and Jean Grae have all attained their names and look through comic book influences. Darryl McDaniels a.k.a. DMC of Run-D.M.C also has his own comic publishing house which produced a full length graphic novel titled DMC#1. And lets not forget hip hop supergroup Czarface (Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric) their first album featured a brilliant comic book inspired cover created by Mishka’s Lamour Supreme whilst their latest album cover Every Hero Needs a Villain is an actual mini comic with a CD sleeve attachment at the end, easily one of the coolest album covers of all time.
Comic books in general have had an active relationship with hip hop over the years however; its Marvel who have been the most heavily engaged with the culture. Marvel have worked with numerous artists in the past such as Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon on their collaborative album Wu-Massacre, they also worked with Eminem back in 2009 for a one off comic which involved a story revolving around Slim Shady and The Punisher taking on Barracuda who is representing the Parents Music Council. Marvel also featured Eminem on the front cover of their November 2013 issue of Mighty Avengers which saw Marshall chilling side by side with Ironman. And earlier this year Marvel were inspired by hip hop duo Run the Jewels iconic fist gun salute. Enough so to feature the image on the front cover of two issues of Howard the Duck and Deadpool.
Today though the comic book giants took their ever growing relationship with hip hop to the next level by revealing a set of comic book covers that pay homage to a long list of classic hip hop album covers from artists such as Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. Whilst we only get a sneak peak of a few today the series which will drop in October is expected to feature 50 works that will pay tribute to multiple album covers from past and present hip hop artists. Showcased below are the works that were released today, as I mentioned before this is probably the coolest thing you will see all week and I cannot wait for the rest to be released in October! Enjoy!
(Captain America #1 – LONG.LIVE.A$AP)
(Invincible Iron Man #1 – Get Rich or Die Tryin’)
(Ant Man #1 – Ready to Die)
(Extraordinary X-Men #1 – 3 Feet High and Rising)
(Doctor Strange #1 – The Chronic)
(Ms. Marvel #1 – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
(Howard the Duck #1 – Return to the 36 Chambers)
(Spiderman/Deadpool #1 – Paid in Full)
(Amazing Spider-Man #1 – Midnight Marauders)
(The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 – Wolf)
(Squadron Supreme #1 – Enter the 36 Chambers)
Eminem – Kings Never Die ft Gwen Stefani
Yesterday we heard a 30 second snippet of Eminem’s Kings Never Die feat Gwen Stefani which will feature on the soundtrack of upcoming film Southpaw. To be honest I had my doubts before I even pressed play but after listening to this snippet I have to say I was quite impressed, definitely not what I was expecting. Today however; we received a leaked version of the full track and unfortunately it doesn’t live up to the expectation created by that 30 second snippet. There is something about this new Eminem that I just can’t get into, whilst his lyrical game is still at the top it’s his sound that I’m just not feeling, for someone who grew up on early 90’s late 00’s Eminem its becoming hard to listen to his new records.
Kings Never Die is not terrible however; it just doesn’t feel like an Eminem track, I guess most of his new shit doesn’t or maybe I’m just living in the past and need to move on. The song see’s Slim Shady go in on critics, wack rappers and stupid fans whilst also explaining how he wants to be remembered as a king of the game and leave a mark in hip hop that know one will ever forget ‘Tryna secure your legacy like Shakur/ And ensure that nobody’s ever gonna be what you were’. DJ Khalil provides the guitar heavy beat which I think is my biggest problem with the track, I’m really not a fan of his somewhat rock style production which can also be heard on other disappointing Em tracks such as Won’t Back Down and Survival. Whilst the song says featuring Gwen Stefani the ex No Doubt front woman only plays a very small role, nonetheless though she executes it well. Ultimately I like to think of listening to Kings Never Die as similar to eating corn chips, they’re both nothing special on their own but put together with something else they become dope! In the corn chips case it’s dip and in the Kings Never Die case it’s Southpaw. I’m sure when you are watching Southpaw in the cinema this song will sound dope when it comes on.
Listen to Kings Never Die below and check out the Southpaw soundtrack which drops on July 24th.
Earlier in the year it was announced that Eminem would be executive producer of the soundtrack for Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming boxing film Southpaw. Originally rumours suggested that the legendary emcee was actually going to play the main role in the film however; those rumours were short lived as the job went to academy award winner Jake Gyllenhaal (Whilst Gyllenhaal is the perfect choice I have to admit I think it would have been cool to see Em try tackle this role).
Instead Slim Shady has taken the role of soundtrack executive producer, in doing so the Detroit native has gathered some well known associates and created what looks to be one hell of a tracklist. Last week we heard Phenomenal which is one of two new solo Eminem tracks that will feature on the soundtrack, unfortunately though it’s nothing to get too excited about. The other new Eminem joint that will appear on the soundtrack is titled Kings Never Die and will feature ex No Doubt front lady Gwen Stefani. Now I know what you’re thinking ‘here goes another crappy pop star feature’ and to be honest I also thought the same at first however; after hearing a 30 second snippet of the track I’m actually impressed and keen to hear more. Whilst Phenomenal & Kings Never Die seem to be the only two solo tracks from Eminem, you can expect to hear more from the Rap God as it appears there will also be two new joints from Bad Meets Evil, honestly I’m more excited about these tracks then Em’s solo work as there is no denying that Royce brings out the best in Shady.
Em and Royce are not the only artists you should be hyped about though because there are plenty of names on here that should have any hip hop fan pumped. Veterans of the game Busta Rhymes and Tech N9ne will join forces with Slaughterhouse member Crooked I for Beast (I’m sure the name will speak for itself) whilst 50 Cent (who also happens to star in the film) premiers a new track titled Drama Never Ends. If that’s not enough to make you weak at the knees leaders of the now school Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson team up once again for what is sure to be a killer track What About the Rest Of Us. Royce and DJ Premier’s latest collaborative project PRhyme will also have a new jam on the soundtrack titled Mode which will feature Logic (definitely one of the most interesting tracks to look forward to).
Southpaw gets released in cinemas this August in Australia and July in America whilst the soundtrack is already available for pre-order on iTunes and will be available to buy in July. Take a better look at the tracklist below and watch the trailer for what is sure to be a wicked film!
Fresh Weekly #7
Fresh Weekly is back! Episode seven is finally here and I got to say its filled with some monster tracks. There is a lot of new music in here from the likes of Raekwon, Method Man and Open Mike Eagle whilst there is also a tonne of bumpin’ classics from artists such as Outkast, MF Doom and Digable Planets. I also throw in an Eminem track from Relapse that certainty never received the credit it deserves and to kick things off I’ve got my favourite track off A$AP Rocky’s new album that is just pure fire! So kick back and take a listen to this week’s Fresh Weekly, you won’t be disappointed!
1. A$AP Rocky – Excuse ME
2. Outkast – Spaghetti Junction
3. Stro – K.I.N.G. ft Bishop Nehru
4. Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
5. Snoop Dogg – Peaches N Cream ft Charlie Wilson
6. Run the Jewels – Lie Cheat Steal
7. RZA – Just Blowin’ in the Wind ft Flatbush Zombies
8. Beastie Boys – B-Boys in the Cut
9. Chuck Inglish – 2003 ft Grey Sweatpants
10. Raekwon – All About You ft Estelle
11. Eminem – Stay Wide Awake
12. Open Mike Eagle – Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Raps)
13. MF Doom – Gazzillion Ear
14. Method Man – The Meth Lab ft Hanz On & Streetlife
Eminem – Phenomenal
He’s back again! However; this time its for the soundtrack of Southpaw, an upcoming boxing film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Rumours have been circulating that Eminem was actually considered for the main role but eventually it was handed over to Gyllenhaal which to be honest seems like a better fit. That’s not to say that Marshall isn’t a good actor though, his performance in 8 Mile was pure quality, I’m not to sure how he would go as a boxer though (I guess we’ll never know). So instead of starring Eminem will feature heavily on the film’s soundtrack with Phenomenal being the film’s feature song. Now look I’ve said this a million times and it doesn’t change Eminem is and always will be my favourite rapper of all time however; lately I feel like all of music is starting to sound the same. It almost feels like he is trying to fit as many words in a sentence as possible and ultimately its killing his flow (well that’s how I feel anyway). Around the three minute mark things pick up and his final verse packs a solid punch but its not enough to say the track is dope. I really hate to say this but unfortunately I just don’t get as hyped when I hear of a new Eminem track anymore. I keep hoping that he is going to release some crazy ass old school shit but it doesn’t look like its going to happen. On the Brightside though the film looks like its going to be quite epic, hopefully Em is saving the dopeness for the other tracks on the soundtrack (there goes that hope again!).
Check out the new track below, and underneath that you can check out the trailer for Southpaw which is in cinemas August.
Tech N9ne – Aw Yeah? (interVENTion)
Tech N9ne has given us a sound of what is to come from his upcoming album Special Effects with the release of Aw Yeah? (interVENTion), the first single from the project. Special Effects isn’t set to drop until May 5th however; Tech N9ne has given listeners an early taste and it has not disappointed. Aw Yeah? talks about a lot of issues from all over the world including the recent siege that happened here in Sydney ‘But why you gotta let the bodies drop in a coffee shop in Aussie?. Supported by a somewhat opera sampled beat Tech brings his energetic fast paced flow to create three minutes of mayhem. Tech N9ne has also confirmed that Eminem will feature on the new album for the track Worldwide Choppers 2. In a recent statement Tech said ‘We put our verses on ‘Worldwide Choppers 2′. We are currently awaiting Eminem’s verse. I f*cking hope he does it in time because the sh*t is f*cking dope’. Fingers crossed he does because any hip hop fan knows that this will be unbelievable! Check out Tech N9ne’s new track below!
If the rumours are true we could be getting Eminem’s ninth solo album this year and by the sound of things it could be the album that die hard fans have been waiting for. Roots is said to be the name of the album with numerous websites claiming that we can expect some features from the likes of Dr.Dre and Xzibit. Apparently the news will be dropped around the same time as the Grammy’s, either at the actual event or announced through social media the same way last years SHADY XV was circulated. Now lets face it Eminem’s last three albums have not been to crash hot but if these rumours are true something tells me that this album is going to be what we have all been waiting for. With a name like Roots one can only imagine that he will be going back to the style that we all love and miss and with features from Dre and Xzibit it sounds like Em is cooking up a storm, just imagine if there is a Bitch Please III. I said I wouldn’t hold my breath for another epic Eminem album however; there’s something about this project (if its not just rumours) that has me keen as ever.