Tuesday, June 14, 2011
[Album Review] Bad Meets Evil - Hell: The Sequel
With the announcement of Slaughterhouse signing to Shady Records, many were excited that the deal would reunite Eminem & Royce Da 5'9, better known as Bad Meets Evil. Shortly after the deal the two began recording tracks together and soon enough there was enough material for an EP release. The EP is jam packed with 9 tracks (11 if you get the deluxe) so this release brings more than enough to the table.
Throw away any thoughts of this album being filled with throwaway verses/freestyles. It is quite the opposite as both emcees bring there A game to the table. Fans of Eminem will find their favorite rapper sounding much like his Slim Shady days, which is of course when the two initially met. Royce has just as many crazy verses as Em, so there shouldn't be any thought that the Slaughterhouse member is out shined.
The production found on the EP is just as well delivered as the lyrics. Creepy melodies and quick drums accompany the voilent speedy lyrics Em & Royce bring. "Welcome 2 Hell" serves as a hard hitting quick intro where the two go back and forth. Fans will be surprised to see Royce serve equally terrifying rhymes as Shady on "The Reunion".
"A Kiss" has some of the albums most memorable lines from Shady (especially when he mentions Gaga). There's no doubting Eminem's skills and I'd assume by now he is somewhere to be found on the top 5 dead or alive. Even Royce gives major props to his hip hop brother several times on the album, admitting to Shady being the best.
"Lighters" feels more like a Recovery type track with the pop hook offered by Bruno Mars. The song isn't a bad one but fans may skip it to continue on the crazy voilent lyrics that the duo deliver so well, which I believe is the true purpose of the EP.
Overall it is a solid effort that will keep fans eagerly waiting for more projects from not only Eminem and Royce Da 5'9, but as well as the hip hop super group Slaughterhouse. Don't be surprised to see this EP within the top 5 next week!
Final Rating: 9/10 Great