Eminem and Kendrick Lamar! You're already pressing play on this last preview of MMLP2 out next week. This one has a light-hearted vibe as Em and Kendrick are a little silly in describing the experiences playing the "Love Game". You get a little raunchy, humorous Slim in both the first and third verses too. I doubt this becomes a consistent staple in my rotation, but "Love Game" has it's one-liners and overall, Em & Kendrick's styles sound smooth on the same record. I was just hoping for a more serious track. Listen above and hear for yourselves.
Visionary Music Group's Jon Bellion shares the story of becoming the songwriter for Eminem & Rihanna's future #1 hit "The Monster"
Yesterday, Eminem officially released the next radio single off the Marshall Mathers LP 2 — the Rihanna-assisted "The Monster". However, she wasn't the only one to drop a dime to Em — the hook that Ri-Ri sings was written by a rising singer/songwriter that had not yet worked with either superstar: Jon Bellion.
Bellion sat down with MTV today to reveal the story of how it came together, and how he ended up writing the song for two of the biggest stars on the planet. In brief, Bellion went to a studio session with the track's producer, Frequency, mumbled "I'm friends with the monster", and then the track was created. From there...
Once the song was recorded Frequency suggested that they offer the track up to Shady Records, where he had a connection producing for Slaughterhouse. "We were all like, 'Yeah that'll be crazy. That will be so dope if that happened,'" Bellion said, recalling the pie in the sky proposal. "I come back four days later to the studio and he's like, 'Yo, Atlantic wants the record, Shady wants the record, everybody wants the joint.'"
The creation team eventually decided to go with Eminem. Though other artists had guaranteed to make the song a single out of the gate, the Shady team made no such promises. "Eminem was the biggest risk," he said. "But we were like, 'It's the biggest payoff if he takes it.'"
How about that? I love to hear stories like this behind the scenes about how opportunities align and especially how one artist on the rise gets that one big break or one big co-sign.
Fresh off the premiere on Shade45, here is the stream for the next single off MMLP2: Eminem "The Monster" featuring Rihanna.
Do they have another "Love The Way You Lie" on their hands? It may be extreme to expect the same magnitude of that single, but I think they got one with "The Monster". Em and Ri-Ri are simply on point here. That third verse from Em, especially. *Tibs Fav.
Produced by Frequency and the chorus written by Visionary Music Group singer/songwriter Jon Bellion.
Eminem's deluxe edition album art and tracklist (with features) are both revealed on this happy Friday. Above, as you can see, is another take on his old dwelling, and below, we see that Jamie N Commons (here's his Wiki I looked up to save you time) and Sia (the Australian pop singer) are the two features that will be appearing amongst the five (!) bonus tracks.
I don't know what I'm more excited for: the release of MMLP2 on November 5th, the start of the NBA season a week before, or trying to replicate missed high fives between free throws with Kevin Love in 2K14 like this glorious GIF below:
"[MMLP2 is] not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a revisitation. So there's not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that. To me, it's more about the vibe, and it's more about the nostalgia."
"Calling it The Marshall Mathers LP 2, obviously I knew that there might be certain expectations. I wouldn't want to call it that just for the sake of calling it that. I had to make sure that I had the right songs – and just when you think you got it, you listen and you're like, 'Fuck, man! I feel like it needs this or that,' to paint the whole picture."
Some great, yet brief insight to the upcoming album which is now all of a sudden just two weeks away! It looks like this will all be a part of a bigger story in the next issue of RollingStone.
Related thought: is the upcoming Eminem x Kendrick Lamar collab the best chance a collab has at breaking the Internet? If not, who do you think?
TDE (Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, & Kendrick Lamar)
Let's recap the week, shall we? There was a variety of new releases and this post will highlight the big names. We'll start it off with something that was much different than the others — #KendricksVerse. The chatter about Kendrick in the TDE Cypher at this week's BET Hip Hop Awards has largely been positive, as this becomes another piece of evidence for those who think K. Dot is the best rapper in the game right now. What do you all think? (Besides how glorious the high five is.)
That wasn't all this week: new singles by Eminem (the furious "Rap God"), Lupe Fiasco (the soothing "Old School Love" with Ed Sheeran), and even Akon (I'm predicting a comeback one with "So Blue"). Give them all a listen if you've slept, and peep the Category homepages for more dope picks in the Featured Entries (which will be updated Monday morning so catch it while you can.)
Everything in this post, oh by the way, is *Tibs Fav. status.
The banner says it all as it's revealed today that Eminem is going on tour with some serious special guests in Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Chance The Rapper, 360, and Action Bronson. What a lineup. And it looks like it's Australia only for now (in February, 2014), but I suspect this hits the States by next Spring.
Get ready for Rapture, a game-changing hip hop event curated by EMINEM, and presented by Dainty Entertainment, with ears tuned to the streets, and eyes locked on raps future.
EMINEM has handpicked the now, and the next, for the debut dose of Rapture.
Rapture 2014 also stars Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, and 360.