Today, Eminem talked about his upcoming Shady Records projects and explained why he decided to bury a past beef with Slaughterhouse‘s Royce Da 5’9.
Em spoke on reuniting with Royce and promised upcoming studio time with D12 and Slaughterhouse.
“I’m probably gonna go through this album cycle with everything that I got to do with this and then when I get back home, probably jump back in the studio with [D12] and do some things with Slaughterhouse and just keep making music,” Em said in an interview. “[Me and Royce back together,] that sh*t is cool. It’s very cool, it’s good that we were able to work things out and just talk it out. I think after we lost Proof we realized how stupid this beef sh*t is. It was a serious wake-up call, man, and realizing that life’s short. It feels good to be back in touch with the homie. When I rhyme with Royce, I always gotta step it up because Royce is f*cking ill. He’s one of the illest lyricists to me, out, period.” (“The All Out Show”)
Around 2003, Royce’s beef with D12 became public on the mixtape circuit.
Royce had a falling-out with Eminem’s Hip-Hop group D12, including mutual friend and group member Proof. This resulted in a drawn-out, public rivalry between the rapper and five of the six members, with Royce releasing three diss tracks aimed at the group. The first diss track, “Sh*t On You,” was recorded over D12’s “Sh*t On You” beat, and mainly attacked group member Bizarre. “Malcolm X” was the second diss track, which featured Tre Little. D12 responded with “Smack Down” which was recorded over 50 Cent‘s “Back Down” instrumental. Proof also recorded a diss track entitled “Many Men.” This was recorded over 50 Cent’s “Many Men (Wish Death)” instrumental. (Wikipedia)
Last month, Royce talked about clocking in studio time with Eminem.
Royce detailed the experience recording the song for XXL. “That day was like a regular Slaughterhouse day on steroids,” he said. “We came in there. Just Blaze was sitting there. The beat is up. The beat is retarded. Em’s vocals were already laid. His verse is ridiculous, so you could imagine the kind of pressure that we was feeling…Just being back in the same room with him…when there’s no type of issues. that’s what I always focus on more. Just the actual friendship. I’m glad we back how we was…I was around when he was mixing [Recovery] a lot. Just being there. Not having to put in no creative input, just being in there like a fly on the wall, just soaking up game. That’s what I value more than anything.” (XXL Mag)
Fellow group member Joell Ortiz recently updated fans on Slaughterhouse’s delay in finalizing their Shady Records contracts.
“We in the ninth inning of it, we just keep changing pitchers,” Ortiz said in an interview. “I don’t know, man — it’s a lot of hold-ups. I thought on my end I was straight, but I wasn’t. We’re going back and forth with the people I’m working with. Joe [Budden] had some issues had some issues or whatever. The interest is still there. Everybody is excited about it, it’s just a lot of people involved in this. Four artists, four separate managers, label situations — a lot of black and white that gotta get settled for it to happen, but verbally, we’re on Shady! Eminem is excited, the whole group is excited. The world is excited. I can’t even do a show without somebody asking that. Without them being, ‘You ripped it, what’s up with Em?’ Everybody is waiting on this, so it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen. We got in the studio with Em already. We traded bars and stuff with all of us.” (MTV)
Check out Eminem speaking on D12 & Slaughterhouse below: