If you look back at 2010’s year end charts, Eminem was on top with his album Recovery. While we were off on holiday break, his streak of veteran skilled take over shone through again. Hip Hop vets Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and 50 Cent, join Em and Shady Records signees Cashis, and Stat Quo for the newly surfaced 2007 studio jam called “Syllables”. Begining with Eminem’s mockery of a cliché business minded record executive lecturing them, “Syllables” is a tongue and cheek reflection on current Hip Hop’s simplistic beat driven music. In true Slim Shady style, Em and gang parody the typical sound of those such records, and then proceed to emphasize that value of lyric use in songs, by using those lyrics to rip into the style of the younger generation. While on one hand, it is very much an anthem for older rappers preaching about the music being better when they were young, the vets do in fact make an astute assessment on some trends that have gone wild in the genre for the last 5 years. This is particularly noticable because outside of referencing 13 year olds controlling remote controls to MTV’s now dead TRL, the statement on the record hold to be quite relevant today. It is unclear if “Syllables” was meant for an unreleased Eminem project, Dr. Dre’s forever in development Detox album, or even if it was leaked to the net on purpose. With that said though, One thing is clear, if Eminenm and gang make such an noticeable impact on a song they were originally willing to shelf, there is no wonder why he was able to end 2010 as a best seller.
Check it out and see if you agree.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Cashis, & Stat Quo