Shady Records’ Cashis has stepped forward to provide insight on the newly leaked “Syllables” collaboration featuring 50 Cent, Eminem, Stat Quo, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z.
According to Cash, the track features vocal contributions dating back roughly three years ago.
“‘Syllables’ was cut a couple of years ago, around the end of 2007,” Cash revealed in an interview. “I think it was going to be for one of Em’s albums or Detox. When we first recorded it, the hook wasn’t even the same. It went something like ‘Happy Birthday…’ But when I heard it this time, I thought it was ridiculous and even better…I laid my part at Dre’s studio with Stat, 50, and Em. I heard that Jay had just left when I got there. Fif’ was there kicking his verse in another room when I did mine. I was more so excited than intimidated because I already had held my own with Em, and I think they believed in me this time. After I kicked my verse, Em, Dre, and 50 all said it was dope. That was the cosign I needed. I learned more from that session than any other before that.” (VIBE)
Wednesday (December 29) morning, Stat Quo addressed the song’s leak via Twitter.
“That song wit me jay z,dre, 50,& cashis leaked. Let me say off top I had nothing to do with it…however; I am gonna get some p*ssy off it.,” Stat tweeted Wednesday (December 29).
“I’m finally a trending topic on twitter, it only took the biggest artist ever to help me, lol!!! Everybody was on that damn song but Mj” (Stat Quo’s Twitter)
The track began circulating online Tuesday (December 28) evening.
Seems like 2010 was the year of the posse cut. Kanye West served them best with his weekly G.O.O.D. Music tracks. But just in time to end the year off right, Eminem drops a previously unreleased track called “Syllables,” a slow-riding banger featuring Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent. But don’t expect this to be a radio-friendly joint. “Syllables” blasts just that. “It is not about lyrics anymore. It’s about a hot beat and a catchy hook,” Em says before going into his verse about having to “dumb down” today’s music for the kids who control the market. Jay and Dre both echo Em’s sentiment in equally acid-tongued fashion. (Neon Limelight)
There are different ideas that speculate when the verses were originally recorded.
The Dre-produced track takes shot after shot at bland lyricism and dumbed-down rap, condemning MCs who only focus on a “hot beat and a catchy hook” and ultimately mocking pop-rappers by inserting their own cheeky “R&B” hook. You Heard That New dates parts of the song back to 2007, and with 50 referencing “In Da Club” and Em’s less-than-timely blast on Ashley Simpson (“And how do we adapt and get TRL votes when 13-year olds control the remote and Ashley’s got a brand new nose”) it’d be hard to figure this as an entirely fresh cut. (Culture Bully)
Check out “Syllables” below: