Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″ – Fastlane
Honestly, when news leaked a few days ago that these two are planning to drop an EP on June 14 (Bad Meets Evil), I was less than excited. I’m a fan of both rappers, but I’ve soured on collaborations a bit (too many of em these days) and this shit would have been a better idea in 2003.
Besides, both of their last albums didn’t get too much burn from me – Royce fared much better than Em in that regard though. (Editor’s Note: The rest of this paragraph is largely inspired by Abortatron – a man whose hatred for the white race, hot sauce and Eminem knows no bounds) I mean, did you listen to ‘Recovery’? If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that shit was released on Atlantic Records. It was some focus group catnip fuckery. In a fair world, Eminem should have ended up at UPS stocking shelves after that mess, but as things stand, he went Quotople Platinum (© Tupac) and won more worthless awards, so what do I know? I honestly believe that ‘Relapse’ was the superior record by far, despite the accents and demented posturing.
But enough ranting. I’ll be damned if this song doesn’t have me looking forward to the project. I didn’t know what to expect, but this is pretty good – even with Eminem being involved in the production (his beats largely suck – it’s merely budget Dre shit with an added dose of paranoia). The 2nd verse is especially impressive – the chemistry is great and even though they both go full tilt on the rappity-rap, I’m pleasantly devoid of any Slaughterhouse flashbacks.
I’m definitely listening (like with purpose and shit)…