Although it took just over a decade, the formerly feuding duo of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 – forming Bad Meets Evil – made good on a longstanding musical partnership as the Motor City bad boys patched up their friendship to craft the new EP Hell: The Sequel amid a lot of hype and excitement. The EP drops today (June 14) and fans around the Internet offered a variety of comments surrounding the release.
On the fast moving social network of Twitter, some excited fans are already declaring Hell: The Sequel as one of the year’s best. “Bad meets evil is one of the best hip hop albums to drop this year so far jeez! Yoo [Royce] 59 kills em on some of the tracks #Sorry but true,” tweeted @LethalBizzle. UK Rapper Sway DaSafo excitedly added, “THIS IS MIND BLOWING!! So glad they squashed the beef and put this together, they bring the best out of each other!”
Legendary producer DJ Premier of Gang Starr fame said from his @REALDJPREMIER account, “I also just bought "BAD meets EVIL"- HeLL: The Sequel” while user @bLoW_YuR_HiGh added, “Just bought Hell: the sequel...that album is dope. Every song on that album is great.” Eminem Collaborator and tour DJ producer The Alchemist also tweeted, “Bad Meets Evil Time” in an anticipatory tone.
Some fans that have yet to purchase Hell: The Sequel say that they are on the way to collect the EP according to their tweets. “[B]out to pick up this bad meets evil...two of my favorite emcees ever together again. man, it feels like '99 in this piece,” tweeted user @cashhollistah.
Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 met as young Detroit rappers in 1997 through a relationship with late D12 rapper Proof. The pair worked on a variety of songs as Bad Meets Evil and were featured together on Eminem's major label debut The Slim Shady LP on a song sharing the group's name. The duo recorded several songs, including the popular "Scary Movies" single, before splitting up due to Royce and his fallout with D12. Putting the bad times behind them, the workaholic MCs quickly announced their plans for an EP shortly after Em signed Royce and the super group Slaughterhouse to a Shady Records deal.
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