Today the November 2nd lineup for SNL was announced and none other than Eminem will be the musical guest. This should come as no surprise given Em's history with SNL (last performing in 2010 with Lil Wayne) and the release of his upcoming Marshall Mathers LP 2 on November 5th. The host will be Kerry Washington.
To take it back to that last time Em was on SNL, enjoy his appearance on the Weekend Update. Perhaps we'll see Marshall in a sketch as well. My early prediction for what he performs: "Berzerk" and "Rap God". Wait, those are pretty much the only tracks out. But both would be great fits for Saturday night.
NEW Em! He feels like a "Rap God" on this one. And if you didn't think he was until now (really?), well, Em proves why in some of his slickest verses to date.
Some things are different and some things are usual Marshall:
1. Different sound — this beat is pretty unusual to Em's usual style.
2. The voice delivery changes on the hook (that is really only in the beginning). Not different in general, but different this time.
3. The break neck raps — this is the same. And the clear highlight over this 6 minute track. Some amazing lines from Em on this one and he just doesn't stop. Love that about this track. You'll need to run it back.
MMLP2 less than a month away: November 5th!
BONUS: Eminem intended to reveal "Rap God" yesterday in a 5-part Facebook post. The first was this song "Immortal Portal" — a soundtrack type of song that Em ended up name-dropping in a verse — and then the song was leaked. The song itself was going to be part 5, and Eminem revealed parts 2-4 today on Facebook — just some additional info on the song:
“I think it’s unlike any current hip-hop songs. Em wanted to do something, kind of a throw-back to some of the early records that we were making in the old days, and it more reflects that energy of the early days of hip-hop.”
- Rick Rubin
We go in for an official behind the scenes video on the making of "Berzerk", which primarily features Rick Rubin talking about how his collab with Eminem came about and some revealing info on the records' development and creative process. I thought it was all particularly interesting on a single, that albeit has garnered mixed reviews, but is one that I'm on the positive end of the spectrum on. Watch the quick, 2 minute video above (a pt. 1 as well).
The Canadian Hip-Hop superstar Drake warned us that nothing would be the same after the release of his latest LP Nothing Was the Same.. He might be right. The Hip-Hop mogul's new release sold an astounding 658,000 copies in its first full week of release. That's quite impressive especially considering that the album leaked over a week before it was officially released. This gives Drake not only the highest first week sales of his career, but the highest first week sales for any Hip-Hop album released in 2013 thus far. The only artist that might come close to topping Drake is Eminem with his release of the Marshall Mathers LP II this November. Either way, theres not much we can tell Mr. OVO himself. Nothing was the same yall.
YouTube announced, on YouTube of course, their first ever awards show today! It'll take place November 3rd at Pier 36 in NYC, with nominees for the to-be-revealed categories to be announced October 17th.
How about this for the trio of headliners though: Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire? The casual music fan should be intrigued by at least one of these artists, amirite?
Adding to the intrigue:
"We’re setting out to create a night that’s all about making things and creativity in the spirit of everyone that uses YouTube. As well as giving out awards, we’ll be making live music videos. The whole night should feel like a YouTube video itself. We’re getting together a group of amazing artists and filmmakers to do this live."
- Spike Jonze
I'm excited to see the focus on creating visual art, especially with Jonze at the helm. More on these awards as new info is revealed!
Wow! I'm excited. As you know, both can kick a rhyme or two in the battle zone. I don't doubt this will be a *Tibs Fav.
Extinction Level Event 2is currently slated for November and the first single is Busta's self-produced collab with Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Q-Tip "Thank You", of which they shot the video for back in August.
One more bit of Eminem news today is perhaps a good sign for all of us fans of 8 Mile!?! We shall see for sure, but today was also the announcement that Eminem announced Shady Films. Here are the official words and an 8 Mile GIF for good measure.
Shady Records is happy to announce an overall deal for content development and production with Ben Silverman’s LOUD channel in partnership parent company Electus. Through the deal, Shady Films will continue to produce the hit web series Burn Rubber as well as Elliott Wilson’s CRWN interview series, along with new programs that are already in development with Slaughterhouse and others. Come back to Shadyrecords.com throughout the coming months for further announcements, programs and the debut of Season 2 of Burn Rubber.
How about this for the cover of MMLP2?! It's actually the backyard of the house on Marshall Mathers LP — the same house Em and Mr. Porter grew up in on Novara Street in Detroit. Vintage! I dig it. Lookin' forward to November 5th!