Eminem And Royce da 5’9 Revive Their “Bad Meets Evil” Project, New EP Coming June 14th

The Bad Meets Evil teaming in the late ’90s of underground Detroit MC’s Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ became a rap legend of unfulfilled promise. Now, a decade after they last recorded together, Eminem and Royce da 5’9″ have revived their Bad Meets Evil project, today officially announcing that an EP on Shady/Interscope Records will be released June 14th. This one has been a long time coming and in the 10 year gap since they last recorded together there has been major beef between Em and 5’9, but we won’t dwell on the past. They have squashed all that are getting ready to put out another banger, though no word on what the actual title of the EP will be yet. This was made possible by Eminem signing a group called Slaughterhouse to Shady records a few months ago composed of Royce da 5’9, Joe Budden, Crooked I and Joell Ortiz.

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Royce da 5’9, Eminem, Alchemist

The two first met in 1997 at a concert in Detroit and soon formed Bad Meets Evil (Royce as Bad and Eminem as Evil). But they released just a few recordings, including the song “Bad Meets Evil” on Eminem’s major label debut, The Slim Shady LP and a heralded independent “Bad Meets Evil 12” featuring the now underground classic, “Scary Movies.” The pair went their separate ways in their solo careers only to be separated by a reluctant feud, thus making it the last time they would be heard together for several years. Sadness over the tragic shooting death of mutual friend Proof in 2006 led to mended fences with Eminem’s group D12, which prompted an eventual reconciliation between the two rappers. Eminem and Royce were finally once again on speaking terms after Royce was featured on D12’s 2008 mixtape Return Of The Dozen and later went on tour with the group.

Since then, Royce has continued his acclaimed solo career (three of his four officially released albums, most recently 2009’s Street Hop, have cracked the Top 40 R&B/Hip-hop chart).  The bulk of the EP’s production was helmed by longtime collaborator and D12 member, Mr. Porter (a/k/a Kon Artis) and also features contributions from Mobb Deep’s Havoc, DJ Khalil and Bangladesh among others.

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