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Eminem Returns But Not As You Know Him
Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
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Hell: The Sequel - Bad Meets Evil
Advantages: Excellent Flow
Disadvantages: A few Pop Tracks
It is rare to see Eminem do a collaboration album outside of the music that he made with D12, however he has done so here with Royce Da 5'9 to create Bad Meets Evil and their hit album Hell: The Sequel selling 171,000 copies in its first week and topping the US billboard charts. It is a very short album with only 9 tracks.
This album works for two reasons, and that is that firstly they are both excellent rappers. Of course Eminem is that much better with his flow but then he is up there with the greatest commercial rappers, and I can freely admit I hadn't heard of Royce before but he is also very good. Second reason is they have great chemistry. Some rappers just know how to bounce off each other. My personal favourite collaboration is Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg and their flow in the chronic and similarly Timbaland in the early days with Magoo. It usually works if the rappers are quite different and that is the case here. As usual I will review my favourite tracks
This is the track that introduced most people to Bad Meets Evil including me and is their first single release. I am a massive fan of Eminem as it is, so always love when he creates new music and this was right up my street. A hard beat, well produced and collaborating with an excellent rapper. As you can expect especially when singles are released Eminem is all over the lyrics and puns. A lot of it cannot be repeated here. To be honest a lot of it doesn't make sense, I think they are just trying to show off with how well they can rap with each other. The hook is pretty cool and just singing about living life in the fast lane. They flow off each other very well, singing half a verse each.
This is one of my favourite tracks on the album and is a lot closer to the underground rapping style that I enjoy. A soft beat with smooth percussions and rapping that works. The hook is a little random just a girl singing I want a Kiss, but it is very short and all about the rapping. Eminem sings about he is a jigolo and has no time for a relationship and just wants a one night stand as his bedroom has two lamps and one night stand so he needs another stand. Also about how Gaga can quit her job at the post office but is still a Male lady. Very subtle lyrics and Royce is pretty cool as well, but Eminem shines the most here.
Take From Me
This is one of those tracks that you will either love or hate. For me it is one of the highlights of the album and as usual Eminem shines the most but Royce holds his own. Instead of being like most of the other tracks where they share a verse, here Royce takes the first serve and then Eminem simply owns the second verse. They both rap about how people want to just take from them and never give back. Even though the lyrics is similar for both, when Eminem raps them it just adds extra weight that Royce cannot provide. Even the hook symbolises this saying that they give and give and that everyone takes and takes without disregard.
Overall this is a very strong album, and not one of my favourite albums, however hearing a bit of Eminem instead of waiting years for his albums is always a welcome change even if he decides to share the stage with Royce. I wasn't a fan of all the tracks here like Lighters, which was his second single. I am sure most people will like this track, but it is far too commercial. I mean they even collaborate with Bruno Mars. This really softens the track and turns it into a pop song and Eminem is most definitely not a pop star but one of the illest rappers alive.
Summary: An excellent return to form for Eminem and a nice collaboration with Royce