Eminem & Royce 5’9″ Address Lack Of Dr. Dre Beats On Collabo EP

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Eminem and his newly signed artist Royce Da 5’9″ recently sat down with MTV’s RapFix Live to talk about the much-anticipated collaboration EP, Hell: The Sequel, and why Dr. Dre is absent from the project.

While Hip-Hop fans are excited about the reunion, legendary producer and longtime Eminem collaborator Dr. Dre is not providing beats to Shady and his new partner.

“I think Dre is, like, really cracking down on getting Detox finished, so I think he’s more so focused on that,” said Eminem.


“I really didn’t say anything to Dre till kinda like the last minute. We didn’t really say anything to anybody about what was going on because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with it,” continued Em. “It wasn’t like I said, ‘Yo Dre, can we get a beat for this project that we’re workin’ on?’ Because it wasn’t really necessarily a project yet.”

Slaughterhouse member Royce added that the duo didn’t really reach out to any producers in particular, saying they were “just cuttin’ random.”

Hell: The Sequel features production from Havoc, Bangladesh, Sid Roams, Mr. Porter, DJ Khalil and Supa Dups.

Watch the interview below:

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50 Cent Calls His Relationship With Jay-Z Strictly ‘Business’

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Last year around this time, the ever controversial machine known to the masses as 50 Cent was busy sending disrespectful rhymes in the direction pointed at fellow New York rap superstar Jay-Z. For the past months the Queens native had been baiting the god MC on wax with the assistance of former Roc-A-Fella artist Beanie Sigel.

Following Jay And Eminem’s opening night of their “Home And Home” tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Fif and Jay-Z deaded their beef backstage after the two ran into each other.

“We got a chance to kick it for a minute,” 50 told MTV News. “I know people were interested in what that conversation was like. But they can ask Jay-Z. I take people’s actions as if it’s genuinely how they feel. I can only use what I saw you do as if that’s what you meant. I can’t understand what your motivation was prior to that.”

As things appeared to have taken a more peaceful route following the union, the G-Unit general may have just re-opened that can of worms. In a recent interview with MTV UK, Fif calls his relationship with Jay-Z “business” and says he uses it as leverage for his own interests.

“We don’t have those kinds of relationships” 50 declared. “These people are people I associate with. We are in the same business. We are not necessarily friends. We don’t call each other for no reason.”

“It’s not like we have something against each other to make us enemies,” Fiddy continued. “Me and Jay[-Z] will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy.

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Nick Cannon Previews Shots At Eminem

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Hip-Hop personality and comedian Nick Cannon announced in an interview with XXL that he will be taking shots at rapper Eminem, who has made some controversial stabs at Cannon’s wife, Mariah Carey, in the past. The insults are scheduled to come via Cannon’s upcoming comedy special on Showtime, as part of his ongoing stand-up tour across America.

“I say how I feel about. I mean it’s definitely an interesting take – I’m not trying to stir up old news,” says Cannon. “That’s the thing that my stand-up special is actually about. It’s everybody getting to hear what I have to say first-hand instead of [hearing it] through interviews and hearsay.”

The feud between Cannon and Eminem began prior to the release of Em’s Relapse album and continued to grow via some of Em’s tracks on both Relapse and Recovery.

Cannon went on to comment about his comedy special, “You get to see how I feel about it. And I think that’s why a lot of people are going to be intrigued to watch. I talk about everything from Eminem, to my marriage, to how I feel about other celebrities and all that stuff. So, it’s an interesting take. People have been buzzing about it. I’ve been on the road with it for the last year, and everywhere I go it’s a standing ovation. So, I think it should be well-received.”

Despite Cannon’s optimism, the Detroit emcee still has the upper hand with a larger audience. Eminem recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to have two albums go Diamond with 10 million albums sold.

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Eminem To Release EP With Rapper Royce Da 5’9″

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Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ are back recording together more than a decade after the Detroit rappers first joined forces.

The pair, who met at a concert in their home city in 1997 and worked together under the name Bad Meets Evil, announced Monday that they’re coming out with an EP of new material in June.

One of the songs they recorded in the late 1990s, called “Bad Meets Evil,” appeared on Eminem’s major label debut, “The Slim Shady LP.”

According to a news release distributed Monday by Interscope Records, the rappers pursued solo careers after their initial work together and became embroiled in a feud.

In the years since, Eminem’s career has reached superstar levels with tens of millions of records sold and Grammy and Academy Award wins. Royce da 5’9″ also has seen success, but on a much smaller scale, with three of his albums charting in the R&B/hip-hop category.

The two mended fences, however, following the shooting death of their mutual friend and fellow rapper Proof in 2006.


Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said in a statement. “At first we were just seeing where it went without any real goal in mind, but the songs started to come together crazy, so here we are.”

Royce da 5’9″ said he was “excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now.”

The new material will be released June 14 on Shady/Interscope Records. Mr. Porter, who is a member of Eminem’s rap group D12, was a producer on the EP.

Interscope said its title will be unveiled “soon.”

And, for the record, Royce da 5’9″ is the Bad half of the duo, and Eminem is the Evil.

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Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Pushed Back

About a week ago, news leaked that Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 4th studio album Tha Carter IVmight be pushed back till June.

At the time that was a just a rumor, but Young Money President Mack Maine confirmed the rumor is true. According to Maine, the album will be released on June 21st.

Neither Lil Wayne nor anyone from the Young Money camp has given a reason to the delay. In some cases, this is due to the album not being complete, but MTV had reported a month ago that Tha Carter IV was finished and heading into the mastering stages.

Maine also confirmed that the album cover for Tha Cater IVthat leaked earlier in the week would in fact be the cover that will be used for the album.

Also about a week ago, the rumored tracklist leaked for Tha Carter IV. According to the rumored listing, many YMCMB family members such as BirdmanDrake and Nicki Minaj will be on the album. Many other big names such as Jay-ZRick RossEminemKanye West, and Gucci Mane were also on the list.

No one has yet to comment on whether this is a confirmed or a tentative tracklist for Weezy’s 4th LP. The world will have to wait until June 21st when Tha Cater IV hits stores.

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Michael ‘Eyedea’ Larsen Dead At 28

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POSTED: MONDAY – OCTOBER 18, 2011

In the indie rap world, Michael “Eyedea” Larsen was seen by some as the underground Eminem. The talented Midwestern rapper and turntablist, who recorded under the name Eyedea for the Rhymesayers label, died suddenly over the weekend at his St. Paul, Minnesota, home at age 28.

His mother announced Larsen’s passing — a cause of death was not given at press time — writing on the MC’s Facebook page, “It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away … At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. We do, however, welcome your kind words, memories, and positive thoughts.” The family has set up a PayPal account for donations to pay for the cost of funeral services.

Known for his rapid-fire delivery and freestyle skills, like Eminem, Larsen cut his teeth by impressing fellow hip-hop heads in lyrical battles while still in his teens. He took the top prize at 1999′s Scribble Jam in Cincinnati and went on to win 2000′s Blaze Battle in Chicago as well, releasing his debut album, First Born, in 2001 in collaboration with his longtime musical partner DJ Abilities. Together they were known as Eyedea and Abilities and recorded for the hometown Rhymesayers record label, home to such fellow underground faves as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grayskul, Mr. Dibbs and Slug.

The duo often collaborated with their Rhymesayers brethren, recording songs with Atmosphere as well as other like-minded acts like Aesop Rock, Sage Francis and Blueprint. For 2006′s This Is Where We Were, released on his own Face Candy label, Larsen was backed by a live jazz group of the same name, recorded during a four-year hiatus from releasing Eyedea and Abilities music.

The duo returned, however, in late 2007 for a tour and again in 2009 as part of the Rock the Bells outing. The pair issued their final joint album, By the Throat, last year. His mom said Larsen had finished a new Face Candy album before his death, as well as a book of poetry, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

Larsen was reportedly in good spirits on Friday night when he hung out at Minneapolis’ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry to watch a show featuring Abilities and L.A. rapper Pigeon John.

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