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“Bad Meets Evil: Hell The Sequel” is the latest installment of rappers Eminem and Royce da 5’9’s ever-growing catalogs.
In the late 1990’s, Detroit rappers Eminem and Royce came together to form the band Bad Meets Evil. After Disputes with Eminem’s group D12, Royce left in the early 2000s to pursue a solo career and later form the band Slaughterhouse, while Eminem continued work with his producer former N.W.A. member Dr. Dre on his record label Aftermath Entertainment.
Under Dre’s tutelage, Eminem became one of the most successful rappers of the late 90’ s and early 2000s. A lot of controversy surrounded Eminem’s rap style. In songs, Em would lash out and make fun of everyone from his own mother to celebrities “(Cleaning Out My Closet,” “The Eminem Show”).
For Years, Royce and Eminem were not on speaking terms, but following the shooting of fellow rapper and friend Proof in 2008, Eminem and Royce reconciled and begin work on “Hell: The Sequel.”
Em signed Royce da 5’9’s group slaughterhouse in 2010. This officially dissolved ant dispute the two rappers had before.
In the last few albums Em has made, his classic comedic, in-your-face, often-insulting rap style has not been present. Instead he took on a more serious tone as is evident in his 2010 release “Recovery,” in which he rapped about his personal growth and struggles with drug addiction that led to his detox from drugs.
In “Hell: The Sequel,” Em’s in-your-face style is back in the songs “Fast Lane” and “The Reunion.”
“Hell: The Sequel” was worked on in 2010- 2011 and was released on June 13, 2011. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, which is quite a feat for any musician.
Collaborations on the new CD include Royce da 5’9’s group Slaughterhouse and musician Bruno Mars.
Eminem fans that have been around long enough to enjoy his old catalog will not be disappointed with the results of the new album.
The C.D is good because it just has two rappers doing what they do best without all the studio additions most rap artists use today. As with most of Em’s records, this does contain explicit lyrics and may not be suited for all listeners.
This Album lacks the musical contribution of Em’s long time producer Dr. Dre. Even without Dre’s beats behind the rapping, the beats work well with the chemistry between the two rappers.
All in all, another good record from Em. Key tracks include “Lighters” featuring Bruno Mars and “Fast Lane.”