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….
Statik Selektah – Crystal Clear ft Royce Da 5’9″
Statik Selektah has released yet another cut from his seventh studio album Lucky 7 which is actually available from today. This time the Boston native has hooked up with Detroit’s second greatest living emcee Royce Da 5’9″ and together they have cooked up something special. Crystal Clear is the name of the track and its an absolute gem, a perfectly constructed tune that highlights both Statik’s on point production and Royce’s killer wordplay. This isn’t the first time the pair have worked together, over the years Royce has featured on a total six tracks for the beat maestro however; Crystal Clear is the first time that its been just the two of them. Statik provides his trademark jazz-like influenced production that packs a strong boom bap punch whilst Royce delivers some serious bars which show the Detroit emcee is at the top of his game.
From what we have heard so far it seems that Lucky 7 is going to be another classic album for Statik unfortunately though it looks like it could be his last as the legendary producer stated that ‘Lucky 7 is going to be my last compilation album in the style that I have been doing the last seven albums’. As upsetting as that sounds don’t be to devastated as the born and raised Boston artist still plans on doing collab projects and work on other artist albums. Check out Crystal Clear below and be sure to cop Lucky 7 online.
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!
Eminem & Shady Records – Shady XV
Shady XV is exactly what we have come to expect from Eminem these days, the album features a few good tracks mixed in with a larger portion of average ones. Shady XV is not just Eminem’s album though, the record celebrates 15 years of Shady records and features tracks from past and present members. Disc One has all new material from all current Shady Records artists including 5 new Eminem Tracks whilst Disc Two features the best tracks from past and present members of the label.
Eminem gets the ball rolling with the opening track SHADYXV and I must say its one of the better joints on the album. Em goes hard out on this five minute explosion, spitting straight bars for the entire track not stopping for a single second. Unfortunately the rest of the solo Eminem tracks aren’t really worth talking about, Fine Line and Right For Me feature Em’s new awkward flow that I just can’t get into whilst Guts Over Fear has that Recovery feel to it which I’m sure the new fans will love however; the older die hard fans with find it quite disappointing. Die Alone sees a more slowed down and polished flow but it still doesn’t do enough to really raise any eyebrows.
I think its safe to say that Royce brings out the best in Em and this is evident on their Bad Meets Evil track Vegas. Both MC’s bring their A game for this verbal onslaught, you could say that Royce almost steals the limelight not just here but throughout the whole album. Psychopath Killer is one of my proffered joints on Disc One, the hard hitting track features Royce and Crooked I of Slaughterhouse and both of them spit killer verses. Em takes out the third verse and whilst he sounds dope it does begin to fall into that new flow where it sounds like he is trying to fit too many words into one sentence. Yelawolf provides the hook and surprisingly does an incredible job (this would be one of the only times I actually enjoy him).
My favourite track on Disc One is the Slaughterhouse’ DJ Premier produced Y’all Ready Know. Premo brings that boom bap sound while each member of Slaughterhouse completely destroy their verses. D12 make their long awaited return however; its a disappointing one. I was really looking forward to hearing some new material from them but to be honest after hearing Bane I think I would have proffered not hearing anything at all.
As I mentioned before Disc Two features the best tracks from past 15 years of Shady Records. 50 Cent makes five appearances with I Get Money, In Da Club, P.I.M.P, Wanksta and You Don’t Know which also features Eminem, Lloyd Banks and Cashis. After listening to their poor track on Disc One its good to hear some classic jams from D12 such as Purple Pills, My Band and Fight Music. Eminem decides to add his Grammy award winning hit Lose Yourself and on top of that he includes a demo version of the song that he supposedly found in the vault whilst coming up with what tracks to put on the Disc. Whilst the version we all know and love today is definitely better the demo version is still a cool listen.
Look overall Shady XV is an average album, Disc One has two or three tracks that will probably make your playlist however; the rest will live in the background of your iTunes and while Disc Two features some amazing tracks chances are you already own them.
Eminem – Detroit vs Everybody ft Royce Da 5’9”, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick & Dej Loaf
Only hours after releasing the epic SHADY CXVPHER, Eminem has returned to bring us the feature heavy track Detroit vs Everybody. The 6 minute onslaught which will appear on the SHADY XV album features fellow Detroit rappers Royce Da 5’9”, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and Dej Loaf.
Produced by the legendary Statik Selektah this new track features some epic verses from some of Detroit’s finest however; it also features some un-necessary ones as well. Royce opens the track and is brilliant as usual, I really believe he has one of the best flows in hip hop at the moment and cannot wait for his new album with DJ Premier. Big Sean who I was sceptical about being on the record at first actually brings the heat and spits an incredible verse with a flow that fits perfectly to Statik’s solid beat. Eminem closes the track with his usual brilliance although I would have liked to see him go back to his old school flow for this one but nonetheless its still an epic performance.
Now for me the problem lies with Danny Brown, his verse is weak if you can actually understand what he is saying and just doesn’t fit in with the quality brought by the others. My next problem is with Dej Loaf, personally I think the track could have done without her. Straight bars without a hook would have been more epic but that’s only a minor problem. Trick Trick really doesn’t do anything so I don’t have anything to say about his appearance.
Overall its a quality track Royce, Sean and Em all bring their A game however; personally I think it could have been done a bit better.
Check the song out below and make sure you buy the album on the 24th of November!
In preparation for the release of SHADY XV Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf have turned the heat up by dropping some of the craziest bars I think anyone has ever heard. Crooked I kicks things off with a rapid flow, spitting straight fire which completely dominates the next 2 minutes. Joe Budden’s up next with a much slower flow however; he definitely doesn’t disappoint with a solid performance spitting real shit. Now Yelawolf has never been a favourite of mine and I don’t think his verse does much to change that. I just can’t get into him, his voice, what he says I’m just not feeling it and I will never understand what Em sees in him but hey that’s just my opinion. Joell Ortiz throws in a polished performance however; it’s not long enough for him to shine and have a proper effect. Royce shows that he’s a class above most with his packed metaphors and killer flow proving that he is one of the best out there at the moment. Finally we are left with six and a half minutes of pure epicness from the one and only Eminem aka Slim Shady aka Marshall fucking Mathers. Every line that Em spits is unbelievable, his flow in next level (especially the last 30 seconds holy fucking shit!) and his wordplay is just unheard of. Eminem truly is a rap God and this 6 and a half minutes proves that he is the greatest rapper alive! truly amazing!
Check the full CXVPHER below and be sure to watch from start to finish, I guarantee it will be the best thing you hear all year.
PRhyme – Courtesy
If you’re one of those people who believes that hip hop is dead you might want to take a listen to the latest track from DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″. The duo known as PRhyme have released their first single titled “Courtesy” which will appear on their upcoming LP. When these two get together amazing things happen just look back Royce’s 2002 single “Boom” arguably the rappers best song, fast forward 12 years and the pair have decided to release a combined album which you just know is going to be dope. “Courtesy” is exactly what you would expect from these two legends, Royce murders each verse whilst Premo provides a crisp organ-led beat. The album is due for release on December 8th with the track list revealing features from fellow legends Common and Jay Electronica, this could very well turn out to be album of the year… stay tuned!
PRhyme full track list:
2. Dat Sound Good ft. Mac Miller & Ab Soul
3. U Looz
4. You Should Know ft. Dwele
6. Wishin’ ft. Common
7. To Me, To U ft. Jay Electronica
8. Underground Kings ft. Killer Mike & Schoolboy Q
9. Microphone Preem ft. Slaughterhouse