Em and Royce? They were more concerned with who had what pills. Skam was kind enough to point out the whole no-bathroom situation. Of course they did. This is what happens when Bad Meets Evil. Been stuck in any elevators recently? Obviously, his music was strong but there was something else. From the moment we exchanged pounds I knew he had something.
One of these people was a new friend and mentor Jonathan Shecter, who had been the founding Editor of The Source and recently launched an indie hip-hop label called Game Recordings. We all agreed this was a very funny, very bad idea. We had some bizarre misadventures, like the elevator incident. You want some money, here! Speaking of money, with a few grand cash in their pockets, courtesy of Shec and the Bad Meets Evil deal, both Em and Royce went completely apeshit in Dr.
In Burbank it had been an everyday uniform of black sweats and grey sweatshirts. And that same damn Nike hat. But being on tour, and having some money, the still brown-haired Em was ready to get fresh.
They bought Avirex leather bombers, which Em hilariously hid from Paul, literally under his bed, for fear of seeming fiscally irresponsible.
Perhaps the most significant purchase of the trip, though, was the two silver hoop earrings that would become part of his signature look in those early years. Despite ingesting a potpourri of illicit substances, and all of us being a bit rowdy, when Em and Royce got behind the mics, they just blacked-out and, to the delight of everyone in the room, recorded one of their all-time classic freestyles.
Of course the cat that posted the audio to YouTube years later edited out my shout out from Stretch. Thx, guy. Another ridiculous moment came the next day when Em and Paul played the album for a member of the Source staff. Funny moments aside, the coolest and most memorable part of this experience was watching the Bad Meets Evil single come to life. This carried over to the recording process as well.
As I recall, the guys buckled down and wrote and tracked pretty much the entire song, in one night. And it was incredible. And you could hear in the relentless verse he nonchalantly knocked out, like it was nothing.
While they were scribbling in the writers room, me and my friend and future Complex Senior Editor Justin Monroe were in the lounge catching a vicious sonning at Madden courtesy of Game label-mate Lord Digga. The guys settled on the beat, which everyone agreed was a little more They got together and decided to trade off every 8 bars, and verses came together fairly quickly.
Sonically, however, they were a bit out of their comfort zone and I believe they left the session without a chorus. Can it be that it was all so simple then? Since those sweltering July days in , of course, Eminem and Royce have both both ridden the rollercoaster of rap. Eminem has created some of the greatest rap music ever committed to tape, propelling himself to the absolute zenith of celebrity, only to implode under the pressure Meanwhile, Royce, armed with an ego that at times overshadowed his formidable talent, took the long road to the riches as he learned how to get out of his own way, slowly revealing his greatness.
Over the years they made a handful more songs together, before, much to the dismay of fans falling out with each other. But thankfully, now, Em sober, focused and rhyming with viscous intensity that sparked his career, and Royce mature, humble and rapping the best he ever has, have put aside the past, rebuilt their friendship and reunited to release the long anticipated, and critically hailed Bad Meets Evil EP, Hell: The Sequel.
We got old, huh? Do you guys remember anything from that summer when you made the Bad Meets Evil single? R: Yeah man, are we going to talk about the past much?
E: Honestly, I remember talking about it and hearing about it more than I remember it happening. Is that weird? How long were we in there?
R: Damn! I know it happened, but I definitely remember talking about it more than I remember being in there. We were on a lot of drugs at the time. Ah, how things change. For Em, at least. But Royce you have changed a lot, too. R: Well, I had to have a certain level of maturity for Em to even feel like he wants me around him. I think that might have been one of the things that happened back then [that drove us apart].
Your 30s decade should be a lot smoother for you, because you learn from all these mistakes. Everything; my rhymes, everything that goes on inside and outside the booth. Em, do you think your changes, particularly sobriety, helped mend this relationship? I feel like once I got sober the fog was lifted. Where did the story come from — of life, and love, and death, and rock and roll?
Zach found the animator. Do you remember where you found the animator, Zach? Zach: Well, we work with this company for most of our videos — actually, ALL of our videos, called Dreambear.
And they have an eye for really creative directors, and they just know how to put together a great thing. So we found the director, and Dreambear set it up. And he pulled it out of us. Joel: Yeah, more cinematic. Something that could fit into five minutes.
I really enjoyed the flying Tetroids! You just run with it. The plaque-aroni that our publicist Kim Fowler made for us? Gold-plated macaroni, obviously not real gold, but like golden macaroni. It turned out that we had sold , records, and that was crazy at that point. So I made you one out of macaroni. Sara: I remember, the first show that we ever did that was just our show in this little seat theater, after just playing festivals.
And that might be early on; that might be later. It depends on the band they see and the venue they go to. Covid , bro. Never forget. Chris: And it just clicks right back in.
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