With The Marshall Mathers LP 2 out today, Eminem teams with Brooklyn rapper Buckshot for a bonus B-side entitled “Don’t Front”. In an album where Em is obsessed with re-opening old wounds and returning to old habits, sampling Black Moon’s 1993 single “I Got Cha Opin” feels like the first truly pure bit of nostalgia.
There’s no hokey gimmicks or overwrought corporate allegiance, just Mr. Mathers rapping like it was 1996, jumping between intricate lyrical constructs and outright brags with a sense of devilish, unbridled joy. It feels like the first time all over again when he weaves lines like “The plot begins to thicken, I begin to spit it like vintage Pac demented/Demonic, sinister, ever since the doc replenished me/The day he gave me that shot when I was just about to quit/So to not see him wit, me would be a shocking image.”
Listen in below (via Miss Info):
“Don’t Front” is available for download with each purchase of The Marshall Mathers LP 2/Call of Duty: Ghosts bundle pack (snag your copy here.)