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]
Eminem stans, here’s a must-have new 66 track mixtape featuring a ton of old Shady Records classics and some new, unreleased cuts as well.
Need I say more?
Well, I will just a little bit. One gander at the tracklist is instant nostalgia of tracks like “Go To Sleep”, “Rabbit Run”, “Fight Music”, “Patiently Waiting”, “How Come”, and I can go on. Naturally, I’m also intrigued to check out Eminem’s version of “Wanksta”. Yeah, there’s gems like this below. So without further ado…
01. Eminem, Paul Rosenberg Intro
02. Public Enemy #1
03. We’re Back
05. 50 Cent- What Up Gangsta
06. Go To Sleep
07. Rabbit Run
08. We All Die One Day Feat. 50 Cent & Lloyd Banks
09. American Psycho Feat. B Real
10. D12- Fight Music
11. Freestyle #1
12. Obie Trice- Lady Feat. Eminem
13. The Re-Up
14. 50 Cent- Don’t Push Me Feat. Eminem
15. Stat Quo- By My Side
16. Yelawolf- Hard White (Remix) Feat. T.I.
17. D12- Devil’s Night
18. Hit Em Up Freestyle
19. Dr. Dre- Say What You Say Feat. Eminem
20. 50 Cent- Heat
21. Eminem- Wanksta
22. 50 Cent- Wanksta
23. 50 Cent- My Gun Go Off
25. Lloyd Banks- Where I’m At Feat. Eminem
26. Bad Meets Evil- Living Proof
27. Eminem Skit
28. Bad Meets Evil- Scary Movies
29. 50 Cent- Ski Mask (Remix)
30. 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Eminem
31. Obie Trice- The Set Up Feat. Redman & Nate Dogg
32. D12- 6 In The Morning
33. 50 Cent- I’ll Still Kill Feat. Akon
34. 50 Cent- Position Of Power
35. Eminem Skit
36. Detroit Vs. Everybody Feat. Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, DeJ Loaf &
37. Shady XV Shoutout
38. 50 Cent- PIMP (Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg
39. 50 Cent- Man Down
40. 50 Cent- Patiently Waiting Feat. Eminem
41. Alchemist Freestyle
42. 50 Cent- Gunz Come Out
43. Freestyle 2
44. Symphony In H
45. D12- Git Up
46. No Apologies
47. Ca$his- Pistol Poppin Feat. Eminem
48. Obie Trice- All My Life Feat. Nate Dogg
49. Bad Meets Evil- Above The Law
50. 50 Cent- I Get Money (Forbes Remix) Feat. Jay Z
51. Obie Trice- Cry Now (Remix) Feat. Kuniva, Bobby Creekwater, Cashi$ & Stat Quo
52. Eminem Skit
53. I’m Having A Relapse Freestyle
54. D12- These Drugs
56. Eminem & Nate Dogg- My Name
57. 50 Cent- In My Hood
58. 50 Cent- High All The Time
59. D12- How Come
60. Obie Trice- Shit Hits The Fan Feat. Dr. Dre
61. Yelawolf- Box Chevy
62. Session One Feat. Slaughterhouse
63. Tony Yayo- Drama Setter Feat. Eminem
64. 50 Cent- The Mechanic
65. Guts Over Fear Feat. Sia
66. Eminem Shady XV Outro
Originally posted 02:20am *bump*
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.
More raw, hip hop via a supergroup tonight. This time it’s Slaughterhouse with the DJ Premier-produced “Ya’ll Ready Know”. Each of the 4 emcees have their moments across the piano hip hop beat. If I had to single out one sonic 10/10 moment, it’s the scratching at the start of Joe Budden‘s verse. Keep a close ear throughout as the Shady XV compilation is off to a good start. You’ll hear this on that come November 24th.
UPDATE: With video.
ICYMI: Shady XV (Tracklist)
Ok, I’m actually geeked now for Shady XV.
I got the impression that we would see the standard greatest hits album with 1 or 2 new tracks — one being the “Guts Over Fear” single with Sia. But the tracklist is revealed today and shows that we’re in store for an entire disc of new music!
The “sooner or later” Eminem x Big Sean collab turns out it’s an entire Detroit collab slated for Disc X. “Detroit vs. Everybody”, even giving some shine to the breakout artist of the last couple months, Dej Loaf. I hope this inspires a Chicago version of this: Kanye, Lupe, Common, Twista, and some of the young stars…
But I digress… It really is good to see that many new Eminem tracks, a few of which are pure solo cuts. Plus, I spot another Skylar Grey feature which is always a good thing. And finally… lend some of your attention to Disc V — a demo version of “Lose Yourself”. Considering that’s probably my answer for “You can only listen to 1 song the rest of your life, what is it?”, I’m excited to hear “Lose Yourself” at its early stages. We’re less than a month away — November 24th.