Grammy-winning rapper Eminem is letting the world know they should take a minute to thank Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 for the creation of his new Marshall Mathers LP 2 album and how their recent reunion has played a huge role in his sound.
According to the Shady One, the joint Bad Meets Evil EP with Royce back in 2011 helped fuel his latest retail creation.
The third part of Eminem’s four-part interview with Zane Lowe has been released. Eminem talks about his lyrical direction on The Marshall Mathers LP 2, his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “Love Game” and how “Headlights” came about. Eminem says he was partially influenced by the EP Hell: The Sequel that he and Royce da 5’9″ made in 2011. The experience allowed him to open up from a lyrical standpoint, which is something he continued on the new album. “Making the EP with Royce was like, we weren’t making an album so we didn’t have to round it out,” he says. “We didn’t have to make sure that we covered a bunch of subjects or didn’t make every song the same topic-wise. I kind of took some of that with me to this record.” (Complex)
After dropping a couple weeks ago, Shady’s new solo offering dominated its competition in week one.
As reported yesterday, Eminem makes a splash at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new album “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” debuts atop the list with 792,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the second-largest sales week of the year, behind only the arrival of Justin Timberlake‘s “The 20/20 Experience,” which started with 968,000 in March. The year’s second-largest week had been the debut of Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” (658,000). (Billboard)
Last year, Royce gushed over the creative freedom Em gave him on Slaughterhouse’s sophomore album.
“He told me and said, ‘I want y’all to go in there and do exactly what y’all did on the first album. I’m not gonna go in there and step on your creative integrity,’ ” Royce said on Wednesday’s (August 29) “RapFix Live,” recalling conversation between him and his buddy Marshall Mathers. “I love this album, and it’s because of Marshall,” Royce exclaimed. “He went in there and he basically took the songs that he felt like we should be using; did segues, skits, mixed just about the whole album, he added instruments to the songs that he felt needed extra instruments. (MTV)
Em previously joked about putting together their LP and his chemistry with Royce.
“I’m actually finishing up one of the last songs for it, right now,” Em said in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “Today, as we speak. Yo, turn the snare up a little bit. Bring that kick down. [I’m mixing now during this interview?] Yeah. That’s why I’m not paying attention. It’s just me, man. Yeah. I rap their verses for them and then I present it to them like, ‘Yo, here’s how you guys should say this and here’s what you should say.’ It’s pretty much how we do it. [Who’s the most annoying?] Royce [Da 5’9] by far. [Physical confrontations?] Nah, we don’t have to go that far. We just know we have a mutual dislike for each other. And then we just leave it at that. The bad feeling’s mutual. We don’t like each other so we don’t get upset with what each other says or anything like that because we just don’t care.” (Shade 45)
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