Last week we were excited to report to you that old friends Eminem and Royce Da 5”9′ have reunited as the duo, “Bad Meets Evil.” Fans may remember Royce being featured on a song of the same name on Eminem’s major label debut album, The Slim Shady LP. Now many years later the duo is back and will be releasing an EP together. The first single from that EP is a song called, “Fast Lane” featuring the late Nate Dogg.
The two first met in 1997 at a concert in Detroit and soon formed Bad Meets Evil (Royce as Bad and Eminem as Evil). But they released just a few recordings, including the song “Bad Meets Evil” on Eminem’s major label debut, The Slim Shady LP and a heralded independent Bad Meets Evil 12” featuring the now underground classic, “Scary Movies.” The pair went their separate ways in their solo careers only to be separated by a reluctant feud, thus making it the last time they would be heard together for several years. Sadness over the tragic shooting death of mutual friend Proof in 2006 led to mended fences with Eminem’s group D12, which prompted an eventual reconciliation between the two rappers. Eminem and Royce were finally once again on speaking terms after Royce was featured on D12’s 2008 mixtape Return Of The Dozen and later went on tour with the group.
Since then, Royce has continued his acclaimed solo career (all three of his officially released albums, most recently 2009’s Street Hop, have cracked the Top 40 R&B/Hip-hop chart). With rap stalwarts Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz, he has also formed Slaughterhouse, recently signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. In addition, Slaughterhouse contributed a bonus track to the digital deluxe edition of Eminem’s blockbuster 2010 Recovery album.
The bulk of the EP’s production was helmed by longtime collaborator and D12 member, Mr. Porter (a/k/a Kon Artis) and also features contributions from Mobb Deep’s Havoc, DJ Khalil and Bangladesh among others. “Fast Lane” is on ITunes now!
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Bad Meets Evil Featuring Nate Dogg
“Fast Lane” (Explicit)
Eminem Featuring Royce Da 5”9”
“Bad Meets Evil” (Explicit)
From The Slim Shady LP