The Score: Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5'9), "Hell: The Sequel"

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 2:00PM

Written by Jesse Prince

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  • Hell: The Sequel
  • Eminem & Royce Da 5'9
  • June 14, 2011
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Veteran Detroit MC's Royce Da 5'9" and Eminem join forces again to reincarnate into the duo Bad Meets Evil, as their Hell: The Sequel EP officially hits stores today.

For the two artists, the album is symbolic of their evolution in the hip hop game.

Bad Meets Evil is a pairing years in the making that piggybacks off of Eminem and Royce Da 5-9's previous collaboration of the same name. It also signifies the closing of a discordant era for two emcees that started as young, hungry hopefuls and friends long ago, but found themselves on divergent paths. With the full circle turn, fans of Hip-Hop are being treated to Hell: The Sequel. The release brims with dense, lightning-fast, deviant rhymes that run the spectrum of style and pattern. (Planet Ill)

To make this album, Bad Meets Evil summoned their close associate to place a fiery spin on each track.

'Above The Law' sees 5'9? maniacally race through bars of fury, knocking out stinging barbs referencing Kanye West, boxer Ricky Hatton and many more. Rapper-come-Producer Mr Porter handles most of the score, which proves to be adequate for the duo, whilst Bangladesh, and Eminem make up the rest of the production credits. (SoulCulture)

The twosome also got a some other notable names to lend their talents on this auditory ride to hell.

With guest appearances from Slaughterhouse, Bruno Mars and even Mike Epps this Detroit duo continues to deliver where they left off the last time they were in the studio together. With solid production from Denaun Porter, Eminem, and Bangladesh the album does more than just live up to the hype. (East Coast as F*ck)

Recently, Eminem spoke about working with his partner in evil for their second mixtape project.

"Me and Royce, ever since back in the day when we did records together, we always had kind of a chemistry," said in an interview. "It was fairly easy to play off what each other was doing, and I think we can [think] a lot alike...This record, the way it came together, it wasn't anything that we planned to do. We didn't get together and say, 'Hey, man, let's make a Bad Meets Evil record.' It was more so along the lines of us making amends and repairing our issues that we had, and then one day, Bad [Royce] brought a song to me and wanted me to jump on it, and the way it ended up coming out, it was pretty easy to do. It didn't take a lot of time. It was fun to do it. The way we knocked that record out kind of quickly ... it just morphed into this." (MTV)

While most reviewers see Hell: The Sequel as a heavenly collaborative effort, critics were able to pinpoint a few committed album sins.

Hell: The Sequel is an album that is likely to divide fans down the middle. There is not one solid sound throughout the release, but rather Hell seems to rotate between Em's earlier material and mainstream pop. There is little common ground among the tracks, which makes the production feel less like a complete album and more like a group of songs hastily thrown together. (Culture Bully)

There some selections that feel a little out of place, particularly "Lighters," a pop offering that should be familiar to anyone who's heard any other rap song with a Bruno Mars hook. This kind of thing has a place on an Eminem album, but it seems like an unnecessary tactic for an EP that's more a gift for the hardcore fans than a direct attempt at a platinum plaque. (HipHopDX)

To purchase Hell: The Sequel, just click here.

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