Despite his history of lyrical violence and lewd acts, Eminem actually works well with others; how else would you explain the success of the “Love The Way You Lie” series of songs? He continues to be on his best behavior on two recently-surfaced collaborations with Royce Da 5’9″ and T.I. (via Spin and AllHipHop.com). This is such a good example of teamwork that someone should make a song about it on Yo Gabba Gabba!
The Royce collabo, entitled “Living Proof”, features a reunion of two guys who have a long history together (see: Bad Meets Evil). It also happens to be a catchy ode to rapper Proof, Em’s longtime friend, hype man, and D12 member, who died in 2006. To a thoroughly banging beat, you see the wordplay and creative flow that makes Royce one of the few MCs that can truly compliment Em’s style, a style which in this particular song features a particularly fiery and ferocious Em cutting loose and willing to go hoarse to get his point across. It’s probably safe to say he’d only go like this for an old friend.
As two of the premier MCs in mainstream hip-hop, T.I. and Eminem should kill it on almost any track they appear on. Sadly, “All She Wrote” sees the two duo fumble their potential. A repetitive beat is only the start of the problem’s, with uninventive and uninspired flows and an awkward chorus to make the whole thing sound like a standard T.I. track without any of the heart and hustle. And when you wish the track was still tagged, you know you’re in trouble. And not the legal kind.
Enjoy both tracks below. “All She Wrote” will appear on Tip’s upcoming No Mercy; no word yet on where “Living Proof” will end up.