Fabolous hinted at this last week and comes through today — the full mixtape drop of his Friday Night Freestyles series, which features all of the recent months’ throwback grooves and a couple new ones with the likes of Joe Budden and Stack Bundles featuring. Indulge below:
It’s Shady XVday — celebrating 15 years of Shady Records since Marshall’s debut album, The Slim Shady LP. It’s a 2-disc set with the 1st containing all new records from the label; Eminem appearing on over half of them. Disc 2 is some familiar classics + the bonus track demo version of “Lose Yourself” that dropped last week and I have a full review on in the link.
Of the new Eminem tracks on Disc 1, and save for the official releases before today, I’d check “Twisted” with Skylar Grey & Yelawolf. Em’s familiar collaborator for a killer female hook does it again, yet this one’s different because the song is, as advertised, twisted. Brings me back to the Eminem of 10/15 years ago.
Whoooo! Rap fans, this should be your first stop this week. The Shady Cypher is an 18 minute video of the best new a capellas from the entire roster. All four members of Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, and Eminem himself. Across the next 18 minutes you’ll visit all of the artists’ hometowns starting with King Crooked (the new name for Crooked I?) in the LBC. Joe Budden, Yelawolf, and Joell Ortiz follow before Royce Da 5’9″ and Eminem conclude things in Detroit.
Let me first say that everyone has their moments throughout. I liked a little more than others, but everyone got to deliver their personal story in a clever way. For example, though it ran a little long, Yelawolf got to share what he’s been up to in this little hiatus, expounding on his family and dwelling that’s fit for him. Similarly, Joell Ortiz dropped a series of lines about his come-up cleverly incorporating simple mathematics. I chuckled at a lot of those, ha.
But the cream of the crop was Eminem himself.
He took over the last 7 minutes and killed it with a flurry of complex diction and wordplay with the edge of the fiery Eminem we all fell in love with 15 years ago. Plus, it was all easy to follow and understand even for how fast Em was rapping at times. Furthering the skill and nostalgia were some outrageous name-drops and references to current events (like the Ray Rice scandal) as Em proved yet again that no one can do it quite like him. Flat out, this is your must-watch for today.
The Shady CXVPHER drops tomorrow and it promises to be serious with Eminem, Slaughterhouse, and Yelawolf involved. All emcees involved introduce themselves and their hometown (Marshall’s was the best.) For comedy’s sake, they should have spliced in the scene from the Mighty Ducks movie where they do the same.
Anyway, keep it locked tomorrow for when it does drop. In the meantime, Eminem also dropped a quick episode today hyping up Shady XV out on Black Friday. It was vintage, demented Marshall Mathers humor.
Joe Budden’s Some Love Lost EP finally arrives in full after a flurry of previews leading up to today, November 4th. The stream hits Spotify right on time. Be sure to also catch a couple of the new Joe Budden content from just the past 24 hours below too.