Shady’s cXVypher Features Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf. Get Your Rewind Finger Ready (Video)
Crooked I: Covering topics from Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killing Michael Brown to his own poverty, Crooked I fires off verbal rounds like a Thompson machine gun as he delivers his thesis from a Long Beach chop-shop.
Joe Budden: Joe looks within his family to discuss the stresses weighing in on his life, while people seem to only thing he’s about finishing verses and making albums for fans-turned-A&Rs. Along the way, Jumpoff weaves in some funny punchlines about some of his former Rap peers.
Yelawolf: Yela’ raps about trying to bring the worlds of Rock & Roll and Hip-Hop together, while dealing with strong racially-motivated criticism from the likes of Lord Jamar and Charlamagne Tha God. He does this from a field-house with a rat-bike parked out front. With a different cadence, Catfish Billy uses imagery to list off (part joking, part not) some of his favorite things, working in Jimmy Iovine and Macklemore too.
Joell Ortiz: From the shores in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Joell Quick-man looks back at his adolescence as a confused, Hip-Hop-loving kid. He chronicles the Slaughterhouse union, his cleaner habits, new solo album, and more with strong, tightly-braided interlocking rhymes.
Royce Da 5’9″: With Eminem at his side, Royce slows down and delivers bars with less rasp than usual. He addresses grown man business, and why and how he’s grown up, standing next to man he’s grown with. Pop culture colors the way from there…catch the line that makes Marshall crack up.
Eminem: From the same Detroit abandoned theater, Eminem enters with a volume-adjustment line. From there, Eminem taps into the Slim Shady style, and uses pop culture, customary holidays, album sales, and more to deliver what goes down as one of his best freestyles of his career, especially the last 15 years. As if he’s speaking for all the times he’s been silent, Eminem also works in a chronology of his career, family, and personal life since 1999. With breaks, flips, pauses, and different movements, the Bad Meets Evil segment feels like a different kind of freestyle. If you love offensive, perfectly symmetrical rhymes, this is Thanksgiving.
One of the most important questions AFH will ask this year, rank the verses…
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