If you’re a fan of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9, the concept of this album alone is something you’ve been waiting for since 1999. If not, occupy yourself elsewhere.
Em and Royce masterfully deliver a harder, darker project than your typical mainstream release, flipping the bird to naysayers, and proving that they’re lyrical prowess is unmatched They murder each track with Hanibal-like precision, having you feverishly fiend for their every utterance! There is one cameo from Shady’s newly acquired Slaughterhouse, whose presence I found unnecessary, but it doesn’t detract from the album. Even “Lighters”, which provided me the only “wtf!” moment, is well penned. Thankfully two bonus tracks make up for this misstep in an otherwise flawless album.
The production is not to be slept on either. An aggressively murky soundscape effortlessly compliments the duo’s ferocity; but let’s be honest, you didn’t cop this for the beats. Albeit, with heavyweight Denaun Porter behind the boards rest assured that this sh*t bangs! We are even blessed with tracks from veteran producers Havoc, Sid Roams, and recent Grammy winners Dj Khalil and Supa Dups (Eminem’s Recovery).
Everything from the content to the mix of this EP is on point. It matures well from start to end, ensuring that you only need to f* with your controls to turn it up!
This gets a 9/10 from me.
1. “Welcome 2 Hell” (Prod. By Havoc)
2. “Fastlane” (Prod. By Supa Dups)
3. “The Reunion” (Prod. By Sid Roams)
4. “Above the Law” (Prod. By Mr. Porter)
5. “I’m on Everything” feat. Mike Epps (Prod. By Mr. Porter)
6. “A Kiss” (Prod. By Bangladesh)
7. “Lighters” feat. Bruno Mars (Prod. By Eminem, The Smeezingtons, and Battle Roy)
8. “Take from Me” (Prod. By Mr. Porter)
9. “Loud Noises” feat. Slaughterhouse (Prod. By Mr. Porter)
10. “Living Proof” (Prod. By Mr. Porter)
11. “Echo” feat. Liz Rodriguez (Prod. By DJ Khalil)