Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ Announce Bad Meets Evil EP

April 26, 2011

Slaughterhouse’s deal with Shady Records and various collaborations and leaks have garnered attention, but this week, Detroit hip-hop fans have received the news they have been hoping to hear for nearly a decade. Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” will finally reunite as Bad Meets Evil for a new EP through Interscope Records. 

The new EP, which will drop on June 14 according to a report by RapRadar, will feature production by Mr. Porter, Havoc, DJ Khalil, Bangladesh and others.


“Royce and I started hanging out again and inevitably that led us back into the studio,” Eminem said. “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.”


“I’m excited to see this project come to fruition considering the long lapse in time between when we worked before and now,” Royce added. “We had a blast doing it and we just hope everyone enjoys it while we’re working on the ‘Monster’ that will be the Slaughterhouse album. #TeamShady”
The duo met and formed a working relationship in the late 1990s, forming the group Bad Meets Evil and releasing classic Detroit hip-hop songs like “Scary Movie,” “Nuttin’ To Do,” and the track of their namesake. Royce’s connection with Eminem also lead him to work with Aftermath Records head and Interscope Records artist/producer Dr. Dre, and helped write “The Message” and an original version of “Xxplosive” for Dre’s seminal 2001 LP.


Unfortunately, industry politics and personal quarrels resulted in Eminem and Royce splitting ways in the early 2000s. Years after diss tracks like Royce’s “Malcolm X” and D12’s “Smack Down” (which didn’t include Eminem verses), the two camps officially reconciled in July 2008 with a reunion show at St. Andrew’s Hall, sans Eminem. Royce continued with his solo career, and formed the group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz in 2008.


When Slaughterhouse made a surprise appearance during Eminem’s verse on Drake’s “Forever” music video, rumors circulated that the group would be signing to Em’s Shady Records imprint. Slaughterhouse appeared on the “Session One” iTunes bonus track from Eminem’s album Recovery, and a cover story in XXL officially confirmed the deal. News of the upcoming Bad Meets Evil EP arrives after a myriad of other songs that showcase Eminem and Royce together, including leaks such as “Echo” and “Living Proof,” and official songs such as the Eminem, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf posse cut “2.0 Boys” and Royce’s latest single, “Writer’s Block.”


On May 3, 2011 at Midnight, Eminem used Twitter to announce the title of the Bad Meets Evil EP as “Hell: The Sequel.” The title is a reference to the final lyric of “Bad Meets Evil,” the duo’s self-titled song from Eminem’s “Slim Shady LP.”

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