Eminem-Bezerk (Video)

Understandably, a lot of Em fans aren’t keen on this, but I certainly am and this video only serves to enhance that. It might be because Em’s set such a low benchmark with the poor produce of his last 3 albums, but it just feels much closer to the Eminem that warped so many of us as youths. Part of that seems to be the revival of the Slim Shady character too, signified by the return of his trademark blonde hair. Clearly, that’s a stunt designed to try and get those hip-hop heads back on his side, but if you compare this to the first singles from his last two albums, that simple stunt combines with this seeming improvement for more than a glimmer of hope.

The visual pays a bit of homage to a Beastie Boys classic, mirroring the influences many heard in the audio, whilst the common factor between the Beasties and this single also makes an extended cameo- Rick Rubin makes a rare appearance in front of the camera, indicative of his influence on this track and possibly on the entire album Em’s got coming. Other cameos include several Slaughterhouse appearances (Joell Ortiz has lost a lot of weight!), a fun Kendrick Lamar appearance, whilst Kid Rock and Yelawolf pop up too, adding to what is an active, busy visual that captures the energy of the track well. It’s not hugely complicated, and instead is a pretty simple slice of fun that offers just enough promise to actually give me some hope for this upcoming LP.

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Eminem’s new album lands on 5th November, interestingly/worryingly titled Marshall Mathers LP 2, a sequel to his seminal Marshall Mathers LP- one of the best hip-hop albums in history (an argument for a different time). I call it worrying based on Em’s recent form- if we’re honest, his last LP that was anywhere near good was The Eminem Show, and despite mainstream approval, the pop-influenced direction of Recovery didn’t change that. I say all this as one of the few that didn’t mind Relapse too, despite his weird voice on it.

There are positives though: MMLP2 is helmed by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin. Once you press play on this, it’s Rubin’s involvement that becomes most notable- if Em is heading back to his ‘roots’ with the album’s title, Rubin’s done the same with his production involvement here, throwing forth a backdrop that’s right out of his mid/late-80s production playbook. The punk/hip-hop crossover that made Rubin famous makes a thumping comeback here, combining sharp guitars with pounding percussion for a Beastie Boys-esque beat, adding an intense, upbeat energy to Eminem’s raps that goes some way to scrubbing away the pop-driven works of the Recovery singles. It’s not the aggressive, angry Eminem that I suspect many want, but it’s got some classic Em hallmarks, from the dexterous flows through to some of the clever lines used, whilst also fitting in with Em’s traditional ‘light-hearted lead single’ routine. I can see why many won’t like this, but it’s far closer to properly utilising Em’s talents than his previous album offered, and that’s not a bad sign ahead of the album release.

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Eminem-Symphony In H

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I got to thinking about Eminem a few days back, and it occurred that he’s not only has he now had as many bad albums as good albums, but there’s an entire generation of people who didn’t grow up with those first two incredible albums on constant rotation. Weird.

Sadly, this is more Encore than MMLP. A while back, Em was quoted for asking a colleague whether a recently-created song was ‘good enough for radio’, and that mentality seems to have seeped into this short effort. There’s always a type of production that seems to accompany his weaker material; it’s hard to define, but has a slightly childish nature to it, and this is another one of those. Em’s flows are as watertight as ever, but he doesn’t really seem to actually be attempting to say anything, instead offering a stream of consciousness with a couple of punchlines thrown in. Longtime Em fans need not bother with it to be honest, and I’m sure its relative lack of quality is why it’s just been thrown out as a loose track for Tony Touch’s mixtape. With a new album rumoured for release at some point this year, let’s hope better material isn’t too far away.

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Charles Hamilton – Ill Doesn’t Meen Classic Mixtape

This guy’s career is a bizarre mess right now, and it’s a damn shame. A few years ago, the hip-hop community held incredibly high hopes for Charles, and since he’s suffered with wave after wave of controversy and failings.

With that said, here’s hoping this tape marks a comeback. I caught a track from this last week, I Don’t Care, and that oft-forgotten talent is back on show, as Charles delivered some likeable raps over a much crisper-sounding production (he finally upped his mixing and mastering, it seems). Whilst the track credits Eminem as a co-producer, I have my doubts over the legitimacy of that claim given Hamilton’s past misdemeanours with attribution, but nonetheless it’s a good slice of rap that bodes well for the rest of tape.

Charles Hamilton – Ill Doesn’t Meen Classic

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Slaughterhouse-My Life Video ft. Cee-Lo

Being Slaughterhouse’s most uplifting and feelgood song to date, many SH fans really didn’t take to this track on its release some time ago. I wasn’t one of those fans to be honest, and to me it was refreshing to hear some positivity from four talented rappers who’ve toiled away in the underground for the last decade, and are now finally getting their due.

The motivational Cee-Lo hook anchors this one, and again whilst its pop styling might not be to everyone’s taste, his powerful vocals are the best possible choice for a celebratory track. The raps are solid throughout, with a nice mix of biographical ‘come-up’ raps and a little braggadociosness, and whilst its not full of their typically aggressive, cutting raps, the flows are still strong from each member.

The video opens with an amusing Eminem feature, before launching into the energetic scenes with the Slaughterhouse quartet. Stylistically, there’s nothing here we haven’t seen before, and hence its an easy watch that fits in with the lively audio well, giving the rappers’ lighter side some much-needed video time. Their most mainstream-ready song to date, and one that hip-hop fans should still enjoy. Grab this on iTunes now.

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Obie Trice ft. Eminem – Richard

When I first heard this, I couldn’t help but think to myself “Obie”. Statik Selektah on the boards shows his versatility by crafting something in can only presume was made with Obie in mind. It’s got that rolling, light-feeling to it that reminds me in some ways of Obie’s hit Got Some Teeth. That said, I won’t be paying too much attention to this in terms of how I think the album will sound as I feel Obie is going to go in like he did on his criminally underrated Second Rounds On Me. April 3rd is the date.

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BET Cypher: Shady 2.0 (Eminem, Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse)

The Shady collective come together for what is the standout session from the BET Cyphers, with each rapper delivering a set of raps that would have probably dominated in any of the other cyphers. Yelawolf opens proceedings with his blinding, breakneck delivery, whilst Joe Budden follows up with a slower, more lyrical affair that will understandably claim top spot for many, with a slew of clever, attention grabbing punchlines. Crooked I follows up with an excellent performance that will also have many fans, throwing some smart lines into a tongue-twisting flow, whilst Joell comes through with a verse that sits somewhere between Budden and Yela’s, though is certainly the weakest of the bunch. Royce brings the biggest quotable with his hilarious ‘Hi Rihanna’ line, and group captain Eminem finishes things off with a solid verse, though not quite as slick as some of his signees.

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Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5'9") - Lighters ft. Bruno Mars

And the second Shady/Royce collaboration to get visual treatment is also released today, this time for the much more mellow Lighters track that featured on their Bad Meets Evil EP.

Not really a fan of this track, mostly because Bruno Mars’ chorus here annoys me too much. However both verses on this are great, if you can look past the chorus (and poptakular beat).

It is a track that was hugely successful commercially, so maybe I’m in the minority when I say I’m not big on this song!

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Royce Da 5'9" - Writer's Block ft. Eminem [Video]

Long-term Royce fans may feel the content of his songs no longer hold the same introspective vigour it once did, but this track is one that proves he’s still among the best of them when it comes to lyrical dexterity. I like how this track flips to the DJ Premier remix too in this video, showcases that the lyrics aren’t reliant on the extremely heavy and boisterous production of the original.

Writer’s Block is filled with punchline after punchline with a perfected flow, with the visuals just as crazy as the verses. Unfortunately we don’t get to see Eminem in this video performing his chorus, but I guess that would have held too many parallels to Rock City…don’t worry though we have some Eminem and Royce visuals coming up in a bit.

Free download of this track and further analysis (courtesy of Murray) of this song can be found over here.

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Eminem-Space Bound [Video]

Em’s fourth single from last years’ superb Recovery gets the visual treatment here with a starring role for former pornstar Sasha Grey.

As to be expected here, the video captures Em’s introspective tip and whilst telling a story through the cinematography still manages to keep the focus on Em adding emphasis to his lyrics. And that’s probably a good thing as I find it hard to take Sasha Grey seriously having seen what she’s capable of.

If the audio to this is new to you then I recommend you crawl out from that rock you’ve spent the last year under.

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Bad Meets Evil-Fast Lane Video

Much anticipated visuals from the highly anticipated Hell: The Sequel EP from Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″. The track itself ws accurately summated by Murray, with ‘razor-sharp, tongue-twisting, triple-time lyricism from two emcee’s back on top’, over a solid and unobtrusive production.

Unfortunately, the video just doesn’t match up. Whilst the animated/visual lyrics style of videos works for some artists, it just feels completely incongruent with both the song itself and the somewhat ‘serious’ (for the most part) nature of each artist. The effects are massively overused and consequentially reduce the song to a secondary factor behind an ill-thought out cartoon, adding a playful quality that doesn’t juxtapose favourably with the lyrical content. In small doses, it may have worked fine as a supplementary effect on the gritty, industrial scenery they’re surrounded by, but unfortunately its extended use only serves to dilute that more fitting scenescape.

Disappointing video, but the audio has enough quality to survive. Grab that here if you haven’t already.

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Bad Meets Evil-Hell: The Sequel Cover

There we have it. June 14th Em and Royce hook up for the seriously long-anticipated Bad Meets Evil EP Hell: The Sequel.

The cover itself is actually pretty awesome and cleverly thought-out, for I had feared it would be some bundled together effort as Eminem races around trying to dominate 2011. The concept of them both sat on speakers with scattered records around mimics that of a graveyard tying in with the title and hopefully the dark, hardcore content which we will see on the EP itself.

Get the first single Fast Lane from  Hell: The Sequel here.

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Bad Meets Evil Producers Speak On Upcoming EP

Couple days ago we heard that first drop from Royce and Eminem’s upcoming Bad Meets Evil EP. Having liked what we heard, here’s a little more to keep that appetite nice and moist.

MTV caught up with the numerous producers involved in the project (Havoc, Mr Porter, DJ Khalil and Bangladesh) with each giving you their own little insight into what to expect.

All I’m going to say is:

Havoc: “It sounds like you going down a dark hall with a whole bunch of monks just screaming at you.”

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Bad Meets Evil-Fast Lane

It’s been in excess of a month since I last put fingers to keys (on here at least, I’ve still managed to churn out hip-hop randomness on my Twitter) so forgive me for any evident rustiness. Regardless, a joint like this speaks for itself and thus renders my job here today somewhat easier.

So Eminem and Royce recently announced that the long-awaited and anticipated Bad Meets Evil EP was finally on the horizon for June sometime. Fast Lane forms the first drop from the EP and serves up a healthy dose of what we all expected: razor-sharp, tongue-twisting, triple-time lyricism from two emcee’s back on top, trading bars back and forth like it’s 1999 all over. Now y’all can’t hate on that.

Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″)-Fast Lane

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Royce Da 5'9"-Writer's Block ft. Eminem

Royce has surprisingly let loose the first drop from his new LP, Success Is Certain. What will instantly draw people to this is that Em features on it, however this track is not brilliant because of him, it’s brilliant because Royce absolutely destroys a pulsating beat.

Following on from recent collabos with Em like Livin’ Proof and Echo, Royce doesn’t let up with his lyrical ability and mesmerising flow, hitting the beat with constant punchlines and metaphors, I’m finding it hard to digest this track myself. One that’ll instantly find itself on my next CD for the car.

Btw, Eminem’s just on the hook, it does not surprise me one bit that he didn’t fancy doing a verse as Royce is in top, top form. Download —–> Royce Da 5’9″ – Writer’s Block ft. Eminem

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Eminem, Yelawolf & Slaughterhouse-Shady 2.0 Boys [Live]

Oh man, what I would have given to have been in Detroit to see this live performance from the next generation of Shady Records.

Not the best quality of sound, given it was filmed by a spectator in the crowd, but it’s good enough. Hell, even if the sound was worse than terrible I’d still have posted this. Great seeing the dynamic of these collection of rappers on stage together, you can tell their rapport is genuine.

Go grab the audio for this by clicking right here. If you haven’t done so already, get yourselves on the Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf bandwagon now…by the end of the year there will be no room.

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Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf-2.0 Boys

Upon official confirmation of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf’s signing to Shady last month, this is what the industry has been waiting for; All three parties finally coming together on the mic. Shady 2.0 join forces to form one of the most formidable lyrical line-ups ever. And boy does it deliver here.

Much like Just Blaze’s Session One, the explosive, high-tempo and jumpy piano loop just sits in the background simply providing a vehicle for the inevitable lyrical slaughter. No doubt everyone will have their winner here, but for me? Crook kills it.

Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf-2.0 Boys

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Dr. Dre and Eminem Break Down I Need A Doctor

Just a short video, but it’s always nice to see your interpretation of a video vindicated by the stated intentions of the artists involved: Em and Dre acknowledge the ‘reawakening’ or ‘rehabilitation’ of Dr. Dre.

Not a great deal more to say sadly as it is a very short video, but it’s still worth a watch to hear it from Dre and Em, and of course to learn a little more about their motivations and reactions to the video. The actual music video can be enjoyed over here.

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Dr. Dre, Eminem and Skylar Grey-I Need A Doctor Video

My life flashed before my eyes‘ would be the best way to describe the opening of this video. Opening up with a look back at the history of Dre’s career and life, we’re treated to a montage of both his finest moments on screen, and short clips of his highly-guarded personal life. Those short clips add a huge dose of credibility right from the off, and certainly add credence to the personal lyricism of the track.

The bulk of the video is centred around Eminem’s incredibly honest verses, with his words seemingly acting as a desperate eulogy of ‘words he never said’ to Dre. This video really highlights the passion and intensity behind both Em’s lyrics and his delivery, with the brutal honesty in both verses makes for riveting listening. This emotional outpouring results in the ‘reawakening’ of Dre, and whilst Dre’s verse probably isn’t quite as gripping as either of Em’s, it’s enjoyable nonetheless and arguably suffers from being placed after two of Em’s better verses in recent years.

The highest compliment you can pay a video is when it completely reshapes your view on the audio: it’s safe to say that’s been the case here. Previously, I was guilty of overlooking the powerful lyricism of the track in favour of listening purely for that ‘perfect’ Dr. Dre beat, but the production serves its purpose ably here in amplifying the absorbing lyrical work. Audio is available on iTunes now.

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Eminem and B.o.B-Things Get Worse

Very interesting track here from the vaults. I couldn’t tell you why/how this emergd, but it’s not too difficult to guess when it was recorded, as Eminem seems to switch between the controversial accent used on Relapse and his ‘regular’ style, suggesting this was probably recorded in between Relapse and Recovery.

Regardless of questionable accents, the lyricism here is a throwback to a more old-school Eminem, bringing that edgy and controversial lyrical style that wasn’t too prevalent on Recovery. It makes for a nice throwback in that sense, though the lack of his angry, driven flows from those early 00′s to match the lyricism makes it feel a little diluted. B.o.B comes through with a decent verse of his own, and with a simple, uninterfering production holding things together, this makes for a fairly enjoyable listen. It’s not classic material by any means, but is a relatively enjoyable mini-throwback to Eminem’s earlier days. Maybe I’m just hankering a little too much for that 1998-2001 Eminem…

(Edit: Link re-upped) Eminem-Things Get Worse ft. B.o.B

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Eminem, Rihanna, Adam Levine, Dr. Dre & Skylar Grey-Grammy Awards [Video]

Another Grammy night performance for you now. This time we have Rihanna singing Love The Way You Lie Part II (the audio for this track can be found here), with Adam Levine on the piano (not sure why, but I’m not complaining!).

Eminem then comes out to thunderous applause, and lets rip on his final verse to the Love The Way You Lie saga. This is followed by the fantastic Skylar Grey (who coincidentally was the original singer of the aforementioned song) as she opens I Need A Doctor with stunning vocals, outshining Rihanna in my opinion. Em keeps his end of the deal, giving a typically passionate performance on this one, with all of this leading up to the appearance of one Dr. Dre…

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Dr. Dre-I Need A Doctor ft. Eminem & Skylar Grey [Artwork]

Some more dope artwork for your eyes (after Lupe’s yesterday!). Here we have the artwork for Dre and Em’s collaboration, I Need A Doctor. A rather rough and very much unfinished version of this leaked a little while back, which Murray talks about over here (link to the mp3 removed out of respect to Dre) thanks to certain hackers out there, but it’s a song that sounds like it has a lot of potential.

A finished CDQ version of this track will apparently be released January the 25th.

Detox is maybe coming.

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Eminem Signs Yelawolf & Slaughterhouse to Shady Records!

Now it was no secret Slaughterhouse were going to sign with Shady Records, it’s only been due to record label issues that it hadn’t already happened, but Yelawolf? Crazy stuff! And by crazy I mean genius. Yelawolf was already signed to Interscope, so it was a good move to put him onto Shady.

Here’s what Em had to say: “Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady. It’s the new generation of Shady Records and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.”

Yelawolf also comments on the powerhouse move: “Considering where I’m from and the shit I’ve been through, it’s hard to put into words what partnering with Shady means to me, my team at Ghet-O-Vision, and my state of Alabama. I can tell you that when you’re willing to give your life up to see a dream through, the reward is great. And now that I’ve become an apprentice to one of the greatest artists in the world, my potential reaches beyond anything I ever imagined. Let’s kill this shit.”

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Dirty Money and Eminem-Hello, Good Morning Remix (No Tags)

Leaked a few days ago with tags all over it (you know how much I hate those), here goes the tagless version for you lovely folk to enjoy.

Essentially, it’s the same club banger the original was, but with the added intensity and quality of an Eminem verse. He comes through with a much more humorous and light-hearted lyrical set here, though still manages to cram in some nice wordplay and high-speed flows. Solid remix, and definitely worth grabbing for the jovial Em verse.

Dirty Money-Hello, Good Morning Remix ft. Eminem

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Eminem-Syllables ft. Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Stat Quo & Ca$his

A fair few leaks coming out from the Shady camp recently, and (purely from looking at this lineup) here we have one that will send tongues wagging.

This is a track that’s having a pop at the state of the music industry, how hit songs just seem to be about catchy hooks and contain poor lyrical content. Unfortunately this is definitely not a recent song, and is believed to be around 4 years old. This is most telling from hearing Eminem’s flow and particularly the horrible southern accent that he displayed on the albums Encore and D12 World. For that reason this track isn’t really as good as I’d hoped it to be, but I must admit his ironic chorus on this is one I enjoyed.

Eminem – Syllables ft. Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Stat Quo & Ca$his

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Eminem and Alicia Keys-Cocaine

Believed to be a cut from Eminem’s 2004 album Encore (though some of the lyrics and delivery suggest it could be a lot more recent), we’re treated to a huge collaboration that could have comfortably stood out on any of Em’s albums, particularly Recovery.

The production is very captivating, with a solid percussion line anchoring the track, whilst wistful and orchestral-style melodies create a backdrop that suits Eminem’s thoughtful lyricism perfectly. He’s certainly on good form with his raps here, as he details his ‘addiction’ to hip-hop, and the consequential ‘side effects’ of fame on relationships and personality: hence, I think it may be a more recent track, as it fits the subject matter and lyrical style of his newer material. Alicia is on great form as ever, taking on this atmospheric beat brilliantly with her smooth vocals for both the hook and a verse of her own. Top all-round track, and it’s a huge loss that it wasn’t included on any albums…unless it’s set for an upcoming one.

Edit (Indi): Replaced with a stream, as this is an unauthorised leak that the Shady camp are unhappy with!

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OTU's Top 15 MCs of 2010: The Top Three

Hopefully by now, you’ve managed to have a look at who the OTU team rated as the rest of the top 15 Mcs, with numbers 15 to 4 being revealed last week. If not, catch up here.

Whilst I’m sure many can guess 1, 2 or maybe even all 3 of our remaining picks based on the omissions from the aforementioned list, the order in which they’re placed may be more difficult to pre-empt. Click on to see who the OTU team have voted as the top three MCs of 2010.

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Lil Wayne & Eminem Perform ‘No Love’ On SNL

It’s always great to see big collaborations like this performed live, and you can tell these guys really had fun performing this.

They could quite easily have flopped this performance, considering how high energy this song is and how boisterous their verses are. But they really rose to the challenge and provide some great entertainment on the Saturday Night Live show.

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Eminem Set To Star In 'Southpaw'

After the success of 8 Mile back in 2002, Eminem is hitting the big screen once again with the lead role in Southpaw. The film is about a once-successful boxer whose personal life goes awry, with the boxer trying to recover and recapture glory once more.

The parallels with Eminem’s own post-fame career are clear, and this is said to be ‘semi auto-biographical’ in that respect, replacing the direct representation of rap battles found in 8 Mile with a boxing analogy. Really looking forward to more info on this, there’s lots of potential here.

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