"Cause this is what happens when bad meets evil, and we hit the trees til we look like Vietnamese people, hes evil and I'm bad like Steve Seagal , against peaceful, see you in hell for the sequel!"
The wait is over for the sequel–Eminem and Royce Da 5'9" have dropped their Bad Meets Evil project Hell: The Sequel earlier this week. The two caused quite a buzz in 1999, with release of The Slim Shady LP containing the song "Bad Meets Evil." Since then, much has gone on between the two Detroit mc's: beef between D12 and Royce, Proof of D12's death, Eminem's drug woes. Now the two have patched up their differences and are back together to deliver something that should have happened a long time ago.
I'm excited about this project because when I think of Bad Meets Evil I think of that song on The Slim Shady LP when Em and Royce went back and forth lyrical acrobats. I believed this project marks Em's return to Slim Shady, and not the more pop Eminem sound that we've heard on the last few releases with songs like "Love the Way You Lie." Eminem made quirky pop songs since the beginning of his career, but I feel he became progressively more pop since the Slim Shady LP; that album is still his best, in my opinion. Royce has maintained his lyrical prowess throughout his career, so It is to be expected that he would maintain that on Hell:The Sequel. There is a pop song on this project, "Lighters" featuring Bruno Mars, but the EP as a whole is filled with lyrical intensity from both Royce and Eminem.
The EP has received good reviews for the most part, so can expect to hear a solid EP. what's more, Eminem signed super group Slaughterhouse (Roycee is a member of the group), so I'm sure the chances of hearing more from these two in the future is very likely. For now, just enjoy a trip to Hell: The Sequel.
I read an interview that Vibe Magazine did with Luther Campbell, better known as Uncle Luke. Many of you may be familiar with Luke for bringing bass music out of Miami and into the music world at large with such hit songs as "Me So Horny," but Luke is looking to be known for more than his Miami bass sound; He is running for Miami-Dade County Mayor. He and 11 other candidates are looking take the seat of unseated Mayor Carlos Alvarez for the remainder of his term
I have to say, after reading the interview, I am rooting for Uncle Luke. He impressed me when asked, "What made you decide to jump in this race?" His answer:
"I've been involved in politics pretty much all my life. From Djing at the park and then you find out you need a permit, and then the police officers come and harass you, then it becomes a riot, then you have to go downtown. And then getting into the music business and trying to be productive, and Djing in buildings and now you dealing with the nuisance board and sound. So you find yourself getting involved in politics, and you're just trying to make a living. And then dealing with controversial lyrics, and before you know it you have governors and vice presidents and chiefs of police and commissioners speaking out and using that as part of their platform–understanding that whole process. And before you know it, you're caught up in a legal battle going to the Supreme Court, defending the constitution and my right of free speech. All these different issues eventually put you in a political process even when you're not trying to be in one directly."
It seems that Luke's heart is in the right place; he want's to truly effect change in the Miami area. Being a native of the city, he understands firsthand what the issues are.
Luke's background may not be that of the typical mayoral candidate, but he certainly has enough experiecne with the law to be looked at seriously. As he puts it, "...if Jesse Ventura, Arnold Schwarzeneger, Steve Largent, Ronald Reagan, Sonny of Palm Springs–If they could do it, I could do it!"
Check out the June | July 2011 issue of Vibe and read the full story: