Grammy-winning rapper Eminem and Royce Da 5’9‘s new Hell: The Sequel is reportedly en route to dominate its competition next week with sales projections totaling up to 160,000 copies.
Based on one-day estimates, the duo’s joint EP will easily debut atop the sales chart.
Bad Meets Evil’s Hell: The Sequel, the Shady/Interscope collaboration between Eminem and his old Detroit hip-hop pal Royce Da 5’9″, gets the slight edge for #1 on next week’s HITS Album chart with estimated sales of between 150-160k over Columbia 11-year-old America’s Got Talent prodigy Jackie Evancho‘s Dream With Me, now in the 140-150k range. This is one horse race that won’t be decided until sales trends become clearer later in the week. (HITS Daily Double)
The project features collaborations from Slaughterhouse and pop star Bruno Mars.
1. “Welcome 2 Hell” (Havoc) 2. “Fastlane” (Supa Dups) 3. “The Reunion” (Sid Roams) 4. “Above the Law” (Mr. Porter) 5. “I’m on Everything” feat. Mike Epps (Mr. Porter) 6. “A Kiss” (Bangladesh) 7. “Lighters” feat. Bruno Mars (Eminem, The Smeezingtons, and Battle Roy) 8. “Take from Me” (Mr. Porter) 9. “Loud Noises” feat. Slaughterhouse (Mr. Porter) (Hell: The Sequel)
A few weeks ago, Em spoke on snapping into his ‘Bad Meets Evil’ rap alias alongside Royce.
“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 asong 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)
Recently, Detroit’s own eLZhi hit up SOHH to share his thoughts on the project’s significance.
“Man, I’ve been waiting on that EP since [Em’s manager] Paul [Rosenberg] flew me out to NYC in ’97 and they had a record on Game [Recordings], which was the Bad Vs. Evil, so I’ve been waiting on this since back then,” eLZhi told SOHH. “The new song I heard, ‘Fast Lane,’ is pretty, pretty insane. I think it’s going to be incredible, man. Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 are two of the best in the industry. Hands down. So I’m excited.” (SOHH)
Check out a recent Royce Da 5’9 interview below: