Hell: The Sequel, Bad Meets Evil, 6.28.2011
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Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 are Bad Meets Evil. Their debut album as a hip hop super group dropped on the same day as my last Summer Hip Hop 2011 entry, Random Axe. This means I've had a month of high octane hip hop. If you have been alive for more than 2 years, you should know who Eminem is. I imagine our base is a little older than that though. On the other hand, I'm sure there are a lot of people unaware of who Royce Da 5'9 is. When I started blogging, back in 2008, my first blog entry was on Royce Da 5'9, Jay Electronica and Oddisee. Since then, Royce Da 5'9 has been putting in serious work. He's done this with full length mixtapes, an insane amount of featured tracks, collaborative albums with Slaughterhouse (Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9, Joe Budden and Crooked I) and now, Bad Meets Evil.
Eminem, ironically riding the high of his last album, Recovery made a somewhat gutsy move by reconciling his relationship w/ Royce Da 5'9 to release Hell: The Sequel. Apparently, they had a falling out at some point. Each mc pulls their weight to their path to make a really strong album. With Recovery, Eminem made history by being the first digital release to sell a million units. Eminem has not only recovered fully from his hiatus, he has reestablished himself at the top tier of hip hop. For Royce Da 5'9, it has been a longer path of perseverence to break into the national scene. Writing for other artists and after being on an amazingly long list of featured tracks while putting out his own projects has led to this success. This type of success is encouraging and I can't imagine anyone could not be happy for Royce Da 5'9. As a side note, Royce Da 5'9 is set to release another album this summer called Success Is Certain. Apparently, he knew this was going to happen.......
The album is a strong display of lyrical ability and endurance laced with the sick tongue twisting humor you should expect from Eminem and Royce Da 59. Both mc's come with a semi-automatic, stuccatto delivery and they both have an amazing ability to change it up at the same time.
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I take the good with the bad from Hell: The Sequel. Both Eminem and Royce have amazing lyrical abilities, but they both also talk about women in ways that is not for everyone. Eminem has an abusive, psychotic approach to his verbal abuse and Royce's verbal abuse is more sexual and dominating by nature. For me, this explains the difference between who's "Bad" and who is "Evil". One approach to mc-ing is saying the most insane, outrageous thing to make people sit in awe of how twisted the mc's creativity is. Kanye West is another mc that pulls this off now, but you have to understand and be able to get past this approach to fully appreciate the talent of these mc's. It's a simple misunderstanding of one style of hip hop, but I understand how some people can't get past it. I love hip hop like a dysfunctional relationship and while it's probably not healthy to live w/ it in your ear all day; your creative mind grows from observing skill and creativity at this level.
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