This is a post not really spotlighting some pretty artwork, but moreso the announcement of 50 Cent's next attempt at a big hit single. His ingredients for "My Life" include features from Eminem and Adam Levine and production from S1. One look at this recipe on paper and it has all the makings of that delicious entree. We'll find out when the single is served to iTunes on November 27th.
OK... I'll stop with the food metaphors... and instead, include a food GIF!
Fans of Eminem's collaborations with Skylar Grey the last couple of years can rejoice at this news. Em is set to executive produce Skylar Grey's debut album, Don't Look Down, due out next Spring, as well as appear on the first single "C'mon Let Me Ride", dropping December 11th. Apparently, Em will be singing the hook to Queen's "Bicycle" for the Alex Da Kid-produced single, and a video has already been shot in Detroit. I, for one, am looking foward to the three artists working together, especially to this extent. I think hip hop fans will definitely have reason to tune into the whole project, starting this December. Here are some quotables:
“Putting out a debut album is a bit scary. I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust. Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together its a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic.” - Skylar Grey
“When I was working on Recovery, I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist. This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.” - Eminem
So says the headline, and so is confirmed in not so typical fashion. No pun intended, but we find out today through a limited edition snapback being sold on Eminem's official store that he is planning a new solo album in 2013. A fairly keen observer will notice the year on the side panel, which is "dedicated to the landmark Eminem solo albums."
For Detroit fans looking for a pick-me-up after tonight's World Series sweep, (and for any fan of hip hop in general) this news should serve just that. And might I add, that's quite the fresh lid and logo. Tempted to cop myself... (away up top, home down below)
Happy 40th Birthday to one of the greatest artists in hip hop history today — Eminem! Hard to believe the Detroit superstar is the big 4-0 today, but 40 doesn't mean it's over for rappers, especially one of Em's legendary caliber. Hopefully we hear some more guest verses and a new album by this time next year, but in the meantime, we can always look back on his amazing career.
I brought back the internationally known classic "Lose Yourself" with the music video above. Simply wizardry across the board by Em, and, believe it or not, my all-time #1 *TIBS FAV. if I had to choose one.
Join us in Eminem's birthday greetings with a comment of YOUR favorite Eminem song!
For the new October/November edition of VIBE, we see none other than Eminem gracing the cover as part of an exclusive reunion of the cast of 8 Mile, 10 years after its release. (Wow... 10 years ago I remember seeing this as a freshman in high school. Thanks for successfully making me feel old, hah!)
The full cover story can be read here - and it's a must-read for fans of the classic movie. It's a ping pong discussion between Em, Mekhi Phifer (Future), Anthony Mackie (Papa Doc), Omar Benson Miller (Sol), and Evan Jones (Cheddar Bob) that ranges from the chemistry and creative process on set, how Mekhi was initially going to pass on the film, and even a dope tidbit on "Lose Yourself", excerpted below.
I remember doing “Lose Yourself.” I went to the trailer during lunch and laid a scratch from top to bottom, just one take through and then stacked some ad-libs and shit. I was going to come back and re-do it. I actually ended up keeping it. That’s my most vivid memory—that song, and walking around set with a pad of paper. If I didn’t have that, I’d write it on my hand. I was like a little hamster: I’d go from my lunch trailer to the treadmill to run and then jump to the music trailer to make some beats.
In this video to "Rabbit Run" by Eminem, Ade Willis leaves it all on the dance floor. Three minutes of straight solo choreography show Ade's growth as a dancer and choreographer since his move to Los Angeles. His interpretation of the words is inspiring. "The purpose of this video is soley for me to express myself and the problems I've been going through." Well said, Ade. I believe dancers and non dancers alike can relate to his emotion and connection to music. My favorite moment is from about 2:20 to 2:41 (watch for the tiny intricacies of pinky promise).