Southpaw Soundtrack (Album Stream)

Today the Southpaw Soundtrack is available on all streaming services so below enjoy the mix of new and old tracks that feature 50 Cent, PRhyme featuring Logic, The Weeknd, and needless to say Eminem, amongst others.

If you’ve been up on the previews, then you’re probably starting at track 06 — new Bad Meets Evil “Raw” — and then track 09 “All I Think About”. Some great moments on both of these throughout as it brings me back to some old Shady. Enjoy!

Detroit vs. Everybody (Official Video)

Everybody’s back in Detroit for the “Detroit vs. Everybody” video as Royce, Sean, Danny Brown, and Em all spit their verses in various grimy areas of the city, with a consistent use of the rapper hands throughout, might I add. Dej Loaf spits the hook from the most glamorous of the settings, a rooftop overlooking the city in the sunshine. I thought it would be especially powerful if all the emcees were in the background for just the last version of the hook. It could have driven home the unity theme of the record even more, but I’m sure logistics played a part in a group scene not happening.

There was a group scene at the end as Trick-Trick spits the outro with a lot of the hungry up and comers behind him. Lovin’ the R.I.P. Proof shirt here, I got that one myself. You’re talkin’ to the guy who started the R.I.P. Proof Facebook group back when that was a thing.

Still a fan of this song when I hear it, which I oddly kept coming back to when Jalen Rose kept referencing it during the Pistons winning streak after waiving Josh Smith. Ha!

*Tibs Fav.

Royce Da 5’9″ on ESPN’s Highly Questionable

In an interesting interview with ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Royce Da 5’9″ broke down a few stories that haven’t totally gotten huge pub over the years. As such, much of it was new info for me.

Royce first explained what partying and shooting a music video with Jerry Stackhouse was like back in ’01.

That was just the beginning as Royce then moved on to talk about the “Hi Rihanna!” shoutout that got some buzz in the 2011 BET Cypher and if they had seen each other since.

Then, most touching was the recalling of reconciling with the late Proof after a run-in with each other in Detroit led to an arrest and a night in the slammer. Interesting times back then and it’s good they made amends before Proof’s untimely murder.

Last thing: diggin’ how Bomani Jones, Dan Le Betard (and Pablo Torres filling in), and Papi are getting these hip hop interviews on ESPN. These are never really not fun.

PRhyme (Album Stream)

Among the albums out on a big day in hip hop on December 9th is PRhyme — the self-titled collab album from Royce Da 5’9″ & DJ Premier.

If that doesn’t scream out raw hip hop at you, you also got guys like Common, Killer Mike, the rest of Slaughterhouse, and Jay Electronica amongst the features. Skipping ahead to tracks 04 & 06 in the advance PRhyme album stream below.

2. Dat Sound Good ft. Mac Miller & Ab Soul
3. U Looz
4. You Should Know ft. Dwele
5. Courtesy
6. Wishin’ ft. Common
7. To Me, To U ft. Jay Electronica
8. Underground Kings ft. Killer Mike & Schoolboy Q
9. Microphone Preem ft. Slaughterhouse;t=audio

Eminem ‘Shady XV’ (Album Stream)

It’s Shady XV day — 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.

Also ICYMI earlier today: Eminem & Sia’s “Guts Over Fear” [Music Video]