Origins: The Samples From Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Eminem took things back to basics on his new LP. The Detroit rapper recruited one of Hip Hop's pioneers, Rick Rubin, to help him channel some classic sounds and ideas, many of which came through sampling. The late 80s era of hip hop they pull from is well-represented in plenty of small vocal snippets and interpolations not instantly evident to the casual rap listener. Many of the musical samples also harken back to the days of Run DMC, where rock-based loops were the norm.
Review: Eminem's "Marshall Mathers LP 2"
The Marshall Mathers LP dropped in 2000 and became the fastest selling solo album of all time, influencing a whole generation of artists with its unique and in-depth look into the bizarre world of Eminem. The album was sandwiched in between Slim Shady LP and The Eminem Show – two other classic albums that are every bit as influential today as they were a decade ago.
Asher Roth Responds To Eminem's Diss
You may remember Asher Roth's track from Asleep In The Bread Aisle where he addressed Eminem comparisons, and if you don't-- Eminem sure does. On a track from his recently released MMLPII Em goes at Asher for what he claims to be a backhanded compliment. "Quit actin' salty, I was countin' on you to count me out/Ask Asher Roth when he round-a-bout dissed me to shout me out/Thought I was history/But goddamn honkey, that compliment's like backhanding a donkey," said Em on "Asshole," making reference to Roth's "As I Em".
Eminem Talks On "Bad Guy" Following Up "Stan," Connecting With Rick Rubin & More
Eminem's new album, Marshall Mathers LP 2, may not have been what everyone expected. It definitely was not an obvious reminder of its namesake, the first Marshall Mathers LP, but as Eminem explains in his interview with Zane Lowe, he was going more for a "subliminally nostalgic" record-- not just a "blatant throwback." Was he successful?
Big Sean Talks Eminem's Reaction To "Hall Of Fame," Kanye's Baby North & His Relationship With Naya Rivera
Big Sean recently caught up with Sway Calloway of Shade 45 to discuss Eminem's involvement on his highly anticipated Hall Of Fame album, among other things. Unfortunately, he made no mention of any direct musical collaboration during his studio session with Em.
Kendrick Lamar & Eminem Have Not Recorded Together
Label mates and both being Dr. Dre collaborators, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem were photographed together, and people ran with it as evidence that the two were working on something in the studio together, but it appears that has yet to happen.
Eminem Speaks On Past Addiction To Painkillers & Near Fatal Overdose In "How To Make Money Selling Drugs"
Eminem isn't the most media-friendly or public person, however, a lot of what he wouldn't share in an interview comes out through his lyrics. Thus we've often heard Eminem rap about drugs, whether it's when he was taking them consistently, or when he was trying to sober up. For the documentary film by Matthew Cooke "How To Make Money Selling Drugs," Eminem spoke on his past drug addiction, shedding light on a near fatal overdose in 2005.
50 Cent On "In Da Club": "It's Chasing Me, I Keep Running From It"
50 Cent made quite a splash when he released his breakthrough single, "In Da Club" in 2003. In fact, the track was such a phenomenon that casual listeners still define Fif by it to this day. The NY rapper talked to Complex about his attempts to escape the iconic hit, his respect for Miley Cyrus, and how Eminem's lack of interest in areas outside of music has benefited him. Read some excerpts from the interview below:
Eminem Reveals "Deluxe Edition" Artwork For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Eminem has already given us the tracklist for the deluxe edition of his upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2, and has now revealed the cover. The deluxe artwork incorporates the same image from the original album cover, but comes from a new perspective. Em's old Detroit house is seen through the backseat window of a car, illustrating the distance that now exists between him and his former-self.
Danny Brown Talks On The Time He Met Eminem
Danny Brown has been relatively quite since releasing Old, and while we haven't really been getting any new music from him (apart from "Sweeney Song"), he's still making the interview rounds from time to time. Yesterday he sat down with Sway Calloway on RapFix and shared some of what he's been up to since Old. Among his adventures, Danny had some involvement in Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" video, he's visited South Africa, and he met Eminem.
Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to #21 after a #3 debut. Although Ink is signed to RCA, this is his debut effort and while he's pushing towards the mainstream, he hasn't quite broken down the barrier yet.
Producer Scoop Deville Details Upcoming Busta Rhymes & Eminem Collaboration
During a recent interview with VladTV, Los Angeles emcee/producer Scoop Deville broke down the upcoming collaboration between Busta Rhymes and Eminem, which he produced. It'll appear on the former's new album Extinction Level Event 2. "That's the next record that's going to, I'd say, destroy the streets of New York and hip-hop in a lot of ways," Deville said. "That record is something that we've been putting together for a minute. It's not just like an overnight thing. We've been trying to make this THE record to bring back Busta in a major way."
Shady Records Announces The Launch Of Shady Films
Eminem's Shady Records have announced a big business move, they are now venturing into film production with Shady Films. The label has announced a new deal for content development and production with Ben Silverman’s LOUD channel in partnership with Electus.
Universal To Reissue Classic Albums From Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More On Vinyl
Vinyl was once an inseparable part of hip hop culture, but as technology has advanced, the format has naturally fallen out of favor (even in the DJ world). Universal Music is making an effort to give collectors another (or in some cases, first) chance to own some of genre's seminal albums on wax. The label's intention with the project is to “spotlight iconic, genre-defining albums” from the past releases of Def Jam, Interscope, Priority and Virgin Records.
Chance The Rapper Says There's "No Reason" To Sign A Deal In This "Dead Industry"
Chance The Rapper's success seemed to happen overnight. Even the anticipation over his Acid Rap project seemed to culminate only a week or so prior to its release. Since then, he's appeared on Lil Wayne's Dedication 5 mixtape (contributing what was arguably the best track), and toured with the likes of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Eminem In The Studio With Chris Rock
We've heard plenty of rumors about Eminem's album since it was announced he's was working on a new one. While nothing can be said for sure about a release date, or when to even expect new music from Em, we've been given hints that something big is coming from the lyrical genius.
Eminem Announces New Album Title & Release Date
Eminem has finally given us some details on his upcoming album, which he has now announced will be a sequel to the seminal Marshall Mathers LP. MMLPII will be executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and the first official single "Berzerk" will see release this tuesday. The album will be released November 5, 2013. Watch a brief promo clip below, which includes an excerpt of the new single.
Eminem First Artist Since Beatles To Have 4 Top 20 Hits Simultaneously
Eminem narrowly edged out the Beatles to become the best selling artist of the last decade, and it seems he's still competing with the band, now matching a Billboard record previously set by the fab four. Em is the first artist to have 4 singles simultaneously rank within the Billboard top 20 since 1964, with "Berzerk," "Rap God," "Survival" and "The Monster" all charting high. It should be noted that this is for "lead" artist, and not featured.
Eminem’s "Berzerk" & Drake’s "Hold On" Go Platinum, Jay Z’s "Holy Grail" Goes Double Platinum
The numbers are in, and these rap game heavyweights are still killing it. Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP II single "Berzerk" sold 115,000 copies this week, which put him at 1,110,000 total copies sold, solidifying the track's platinum status. The album is scheduled for release on November 5th.
Charts Don't Lie: January 12
There aren't very many changes in this week's Charts Don't Lie compared to last week. The main list of artists has remained the same, as we have yet to receive any new rap or r'n'b debuts on the Billboard 200, although Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane will begin charting in the near future. Ink's RCA album is projected to move a solid 40-45k, which will land him within the top 3.