Formerly feuding pals Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 have long since settled their differences, most obviously noted by Slim Shady signing Royce’s super group Slaughterhouse to his label last year along with Yelawolf in a coup of sorts by scooping up the two buzzing acts. Now after a decade of not working together, the legendary underground duo Bad Meets Evil will make a triumphant return this summer.
In a statement released from Interscope Records today (April 25), the pair reveal briefly some background on how the EP developed and also shared the upcoming release date. “Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” shared Eminem. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.”
Royce Da 5’9 shared his longtime friend’s enthusiasm – and expressing mild confidence – about the project as well. “I’m excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now. We had a blast doing it and we just hope everyone enjoys it while we’re working on the ’Monster’ that will be the Slaughterhouse album. #TeamShady.”
Fans on the fast moving social network Twitter added a variety of thoughts about the new union, with an almost equal amount of praise and disdain. “Royce and Em have great chemistry. Just look at the original “Renegade”. I can’t wait to hear this EP, it should have some fire,” tweeted @flyspacequeen. Fan @CoCoBLuShes added, “I think its awesome especially given the history between the 2. I love Royce,2 of Detroit’s Best Rappers on a Ep tho? So Boosted!”
However some fans are not at moved by the news, thinking the reunion too little too late. “Im not excited. Em has lost his superpowers & Royce is only any good about 45% of the time. It’s gonna be all hype. *thumbsdown*,” shared an unimpressed @guerillamilk. A skeptical @Inkognegro quipped, “[I]f it’s a mixtape, I’m ecstatic. I have no confidence in a major giving what artists are naturally inclined to give me.”
Fan support and indifference aside,the prolific Royce Da 5’9 will press on and release his fifth studio album Success Is Certain this July. Eminem is still reaping plenty of attention, sales and the requisite rewards from his hot-selling seventh studio album Recovery. Royce is also currently hard at work on the Shady Records debut of his Slaughterhouse quartet, a follow up to their 2009 self-titled debut.
The untitled forthcoming EP will be released June 14.