Before Marshall Mathers became a multiplatinum rap juggernaut, he was an underground rap juggernaut. So with a new album release looming, Eminem makes a return to his roots on Tony Touch's "Symphony in H."
There's no catchy hook or radio friendly beat. Instead, there is just a minute-and-a-half of unfiltered Slim Shady rhymes. The track will appear on Tony Touch's upcoming The Piece Maker 3: Return of the 50 MC's album when it drops on July 9, but on Tuesday night (June 18), Toca premiered it on his Shade 45 satellite radio show. "Don't ask me wassup with the hoes, I'm still working the kinks out/ Love stinks, that explains all this anger that's spilling out, and I ain't chilling out/ Got an Oscar, but I'm still a grouch/ I use as a door stop and a prop for the broken leg for the couch," Em begins his free-associative verse.
And it wouldn't be vintage Eminem if he didn't ruffle a few celebrity feathers. "Hell yeah I nailed J. Lo — to the railroad," he rhymed.
For his upcoming album, Touch promises contributions from KRS-One, Black Thought of the Roots and the LOX. "Nothing soft, no singy-songy, just straight to the gut hip-hop," Tony said on "RapFix Live" in May.
We're still not sure which direction Em is taking on his upcoming and as-yet-untitled LP, but his DJ Alchemist is promising some big things. "That's my boss. I DJ for him and I'm not at liberty to speak on much, but you know his caliber and what he does," the lauded producer said last week on "RapFix Live." "Clearly going to further territories. I think what you would expect, especially after the last go-round."
So far, Eminem has been pictured in the studio with comedian Chris Rock, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy crew, but there is no official word on who will actually appear on the album or when it will be released.
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