Long, long ago, in a high school far, far away, a friend of mine let me hear some song titled “Renegade.” Only instead of Jay-Z riding shotgun, a fellow by the name of Royce Da 5’9 was. It was later explained to me that this was the “original” version. I walked away impressed and with the thought of what a joint project between the two Red Wings would sound like. Hell, the same could be said about Jay-Z/Beanie Siegel/Scarface or any other NBA free agency type concoction of superstars we could imagine. The only difference is, after years of being at odds with one other, the Eminem and Royce collaborative EP will actually come to fruition, appropriately titled Bad Meets Evil, under the umbrella of Shady Records.
“Fast Lane” is a preliminary look into the project that’s almost sure to slap you harder than Angela Bassett in the Jackson 5 movie. As a rapid-fire, lyrical free-for-all, it is difficult to pinpoint one lyric or verse to focus on and that’s a positive. Marshall and Nickel attempt to outdo each other with a slew of metaphors, pictures and overall wizardry which helps automatically place B.M.E. near the top of summer releases to anticipate. With all the bad news circulating out of Detroit, seeing something go their way is commendable, no matter how minuscule (or irrelevant) it truly is in the grand scheme of things.**
And just as a suggestion, it’d be dope to see them team up with a few Michigan artists over the course of the EP. Danny Brown? Elzhi? Jon Connor? No? Ok, fine, just go ahead and listen to the song.
Eminem And Royce 5’9 – “Fast Lane” (Prod. By Supa Dups & Eminem)
**UPDATE: Add the Lions now having a defensive line of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to the good things to happen to Detroit. Jay Cutler is going to fake knee injuries twice a year now.**