With Detroit rappers [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] and [artist id="1163340"]Royce Da 5'9"[/artist] back on friendly terms, fans are being rewarded with their forthcoming EP Hell: The Sequel, due in stores June 14. Recording under the moniker Bad Meets Evil, the celebrated lyricists told MTV News' "RapFix Live" that the fluid back-and-forth on the project's lead single, "Fast Lane," was due to their latent chemistry.
"Me and Royce, ever since back in the day when we did records together, we always had kind of a chemistry," Eminem told MTV News. "It was fairly easy to play off what each other was doing, and I think we can [think] a lot alike."
As the "Evil" in the Bad Meets Evil equation, Em added that the project was the result of mending the rift he had with Royce, which dates back to when the latter stopped working with Dr. Dre and was feuding with D12.
"This record, the way it came together, it wasn't anything that we planned to do," Em said. "We didn't get together and say, 'Hey, man, let's make a Bad Meets Evil record.' It was more so along the lines of us making amends and repairing our issues that we had, and then one day, Bad [Royce] brought a song to me and wanted me to jump on it, and the way it ended up coming out, it was pretty easy to do. It didn't take a lot of time. It was fun to do it. The way we knocked that record out kind of quickly ... it just morphed into this."
Added Nickel Nine: "It didn't feel like work. We just had fun doing it."
Some of the previous fruits of Royce and Em's good times in the studio, such as "Bad Meets Evil" from Em's The Slim Shady LP, occurred more than a decade ago. But fans need not worry about whether the Motor City tag team will be on the same page musically for the rest of Hell: The Sequel, which features production from DJ Khalil, Bangladesh and Denaun Porter.
"It was pretty nostalgic, actually," Royce said of the recording process. "It took me back to when we used to do stuff back in the day. We clicked like that. I wasn't really surprised. We didn't miss a step at all."