Eminem Recalls Accusations of Biting AZ & Nas In New Record About Courage (Audio)
Rarely do Hip-Hop soundtrack singles say much anymore. The years of music-attached records like Ice-T’s “Colors,” Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem,” 2Pac’s “Pain” or Ice Cube’s “How To Survive In South Central” seem like a vestige of the past.
Eminem, who famously attached “Lose Yourself” to 8 Mile, is out to change this. From the new Denzel Washington film The Equalizer, Em released “Guts Over Fear.” Joined by Interscope label-mate Sia, the song features extensive verses about Em’s upbringing (the second) and his rapping (the first).
Within, Marshall Mathers recalls early critics, including those Heads who traced his Infinity flow to AZ Tha Visualiza and Nas. Em goes further to admit that he much preferred making honest records than silly label-driven hits poking fun at pop-tarts. With Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre onto Apple, do you think this is a shot at one or both of them, given Em’s controversial marketing ploys early in his major label career?
With Em more in touch with his Hip-Hop roots, think he’s actually writing as he’s always wanted to?
Also, Eminem confirmed his upcoming compilation ShadyXV. Details are limited, save for an Em tweet confirming a November 28, 2014 date. This will be the retail holiday, Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 25, 2014
Per a report at 2DopeBoyz, ShadyXV will be a double-album release. The first album, or disc, will feature the latest packaging of Eminem’s greatest hits. In 2005, Em released Curtain Call: The Hits, a post-Encore collection of the Detroit, Michigan MC/producer’s finest work. Signifying a likely retirement, the release reached #1, and subsequently was certified triple-platinum in the US.
The hits included on ShadyXV are yet to be confirmed. The second album, or disc, is said to include new music from Em, as well as the Shady Records roster. The Interscope-housed imprint currently includes artists such as Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, Bad Meets Evil, Alchemist, and its most veteran act: D12.