Snap Judgment: Royce da 5’9″ (ft. Eminem) – “Writer’s Block”

Written by khal. Posted in Music, Snap Judgment

Published on April 09, 2011 with 5 Comments

Let’s just get this out of the way: Royce and Eminem dismantle the fuck out of whatever microphone they touch. When Bad Meets Evil, it’s a problem.

We got that out of the way, right? How wild does Royce sound on this? Not sure if that’s the reason why it almost sounds like a Bruce Banner/Incredible Hulk thing… he gets all chill at one point, then the beast tries to eek out, whether it’s proper double time or just a gruff flavor to his voice. Maybe that’s him compensating for Marshall not doing more than providing the hook. Yeah, you heard that right, Royce plays Nickel Shady on this, with Eminem playing 50. Was Slaughterhouse signing with Shady just a way to make Eminem’s label smell as murky as the mental of Royce, and not the proper collaborations we figured we’d receive? The beat is right here – equal parts eerie, bouncy, boisterous and, fuck it, ill. Em’s joke about having writer’s block is cool, but this is really just a tease.

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Royce murders this, but I’d be lying if I didn’t wish some other MCs were on this – feels like he steps his bars up when his SH bredren are around him, each trying to excel. When he’s in the driver’s seat, we won’t say he’s on cruise control, but something feels missing.

Someone give Eminem some ideas. Or give Royce some features. We need to hear some proper Bad Meets Evil debauchery, or someone’s gonna need to lick the bozack. Yeah we brought it back.

TRU

khal

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  1. Right on, khal. At this point, I wouldn’t even mind a full-fledged Bad Meets Evil EP.

    • it’d make sense to sort out something like that on Shady, unless they tried not giving the people what they want and all.

  2. I feel you Rizoh.

    But it had been a MINUTE when Royce and Eminem weren’t working together at all. I think it’s going to take a while for them to really sync again musically the way that they used to. And even then, they’ve both changed a LOT since their previous music together. Royce’s delivery is a lot more aggressive than it used to be, and Eminem’s style has changed a lot as well. Listen to songs like “Session One” w/Slaughterhouse, and “2.0 Boys,” and his punchline prowess isn’t what it used to be at all. Leaks like “Living Proof” and “Echo” show that they’re still feeling each other out musically, and even then the results are crazy.

    What’s going go be interesting, though, is seeing Royce extract the best from Em – before, I think it was the other way around. I interviewed Royce a while ago, and he had said that he thought he’d never outshined Em on a record before. I don’t know if he’d say the same thing now, but Royce definitely outshined him on “Session One.”

    Also, remember, Royce’s first single, “Rock City,” had the same set-up as this of Royce killing verses and Em doing the hook. The focus of this is to bring attention to Royce’s album, not the two of them. This is also an indie project for Royce, not his Shady Records debut.

    At this point, the novelty of seeing Royce and Em record together hasn’t worn off yet. So I’m satisfied with that right now. I’m sure they’ll click even more as time goes on.

    • “Also, remember, Royce’s first single, “Rock City,” had the same set-up as this of Royce killing verses and Em doing the hook. The focus of this is to bring attention to Royce’s album, not the two of them. This is also an indie project for Royce, not his Shady Records debut. ”
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      True that. I’m sure we’ll hear a proper collab once Royce finally gets this album out of his system. I thought khal’s “Eminem playing 50″ comparison nailed it.

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