Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel (2011) – Review

Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel
Eminem and Royce da 5’9” appeared together on Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP on the song Bad Meets Evil promising a sequel; twelve years later we get Hell: The Sequel. Eminem and Royce da 5’9” complement each other very well on the album. It is at its best when they go back and forth trading rhymes. The production is also very good with Supa Dups, Eminem, Bangladesh, DJ Khalil, The Smeezingtons, and Mr. Porter (who handles most of the production work), giving the album a fluid sound. The song Lighters produced by The Smeezingtons, Eminem and Battle Roy is a little out of place, as it has the sound of something that belongs on the radio top of the pops (but they have to sell albums to the masses somehow), especially with the chorus sung by Bruno Mars. Along with Mars, the album features Mike Epps (as Mr. Porter turned a sample of a stand-up performance into a beat) and the recently signed to Shady Records Slaughterhouse (a group in which Royce da 5’9” is a member). Overall the album will appeal to fans of Eminem’s stuff and I think Royce da 5’9” brings a lot to the album as well. Every song on the album is solid and it should be among the best hip hop albums of the year. 4/5

Editor’s Song Picks:
1)      Fast Lane – Produced by Supa Dups
2)      Echo – Produced by DJ Khalil
3)      Welcome 2 Hell – Produced by Havoc

Available on CD and Digital Download

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