"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 finished listening to the new Pusha T mixtape "Fear of God", and it's everything that you can expect from Pusha: "coke" rap over "dope" beats...I think they call that a speedball. I've been a fan of the Clipse for years so I may be a little bias (not to mention Pusha and I share the same name) but this is honestly a mixtape that lives up to the hype.
Pusha's word play and delivery stay on par with his track record as one half of the Clipse.
Staying with the religious theme that the Clipse often use, "Fear of God" starts off grandiose with the opening tracks My God
and I Still Wanna
, and becomes more introspective and melancholy in the middle of the project with songs like Open Your Eyes
and Can I Live,
in which he uses the Jay-z track of the same name.
My favorite tracks on the mixtape are Raid
(What can I say? It's Push on a Neptunes track), My God
and Cook It Down
. It's clear with this latest effort that Pusha can hold his own as a solo artist and he still delivers the same quality that we are accustomed to with the Clipse. Take a listen for yourself here.