Royce Da 5’9 Responds To “Lighters” Criticism

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Nickel Nine explains why him and Eminem teamed up with pop singer Bruno Mars for the Bad Meets Evil cut.

Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem team up with Bruno Mars for the track “Lighters” on their Bad Meets Evil release Hell: The Sequel EP. But after the track leaked along with the album, the two faced criticism from fans for going out of character with a track they may not have done a few years ago.

“‘Lighters,’ the song with Bruno Mars, that’s basically just us showing versatility,” Royce told Bootleg Kev. “We didn’t want to make it too one-dimensional and we didn’t realize it until towards the end of the project where we were like, let’s make one or two personal joints. We got another one called ‘Take From Me’ where it’s kind of personal, and the rest of it is just us rapping. We gave one or two songs to where we showed that’s not all that we can do, because obviously, it’s reaching a bigger audience than I ever reached.”

Nickel Nine explained that it wasn’t meant as a snub to his core fans, but it was something he needed to do. “I don’t want that audience to think that I can only do one thing. It shows versatility on my end and it was a good way to set up Slaughterhouse. My core fans, the people who’ve been following me, the bulk of the album they’re going to be into. That’s what they want to hear me do. If I got one or two songs on there, of course they’re like ‘Aw you shouldn’t have did that.’ But you can’t please everybody.”

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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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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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