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Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel

Years apart haven’t done much to throw off Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″‘s chemistry. Hell: The Sequel, the follow up promised on Slim Shady and Nickle Nine’s standout collaboration, “Bad Meets Evil” 12 years ago—finds the two Motor City rhyme animals seamlessly taking turns showing off their lyrical dexterity as if it was an oversized diamond-encrusted piece.

The EP picks up where the duo’s last collaboration left off on the Havoc-produced “Welcome to Hell.” Slim takes center stage first, with lines like, “To find someone so raw on a beat is rare/You can kiss my ass and the shit stains on my underwear that I don’t even wear.” Perhaps no song better encapsulates Bad Meets Evil more than “Fast Lane”—the EP’s first single. Royce sets the tone with merciless bars, spitting, “Slap up a cop and then snatch him out of his uniform/Leave him with socks, hard bottoms and bloomers on/And hang him by his balls from the horn of a unicorn.”

As is usually the case with Em and Royce, pop culture figures, including dead people and former collaborators, aren’t exempt from jabs for the sake of a dope rhyme. Slim mocks David Carradine’s death and reveals to Nicki Minaj that he wants to stick his “penis” in her anus on the aforementioned, “Welcome to Hell” and “Fast Lane,” respectively. Meanwhile, Nickle Nine rhymes, “You got a mouth like Kanye, I’ll knock your whole bottom row of teeth out/No disrespect to Mr. West, shit I’m just nice with mine/And this just wrap ‘em, I’m like Ricky Hatton, I just like the line.”

The duo takes a break from straight spitting on “I’m on Everything” featuring Mike Epps—a comical track that name checks every drug and liquor brand imaginable, which is peculiar considering that Em has now been sober for several years. The Bruno Mars-assisted “Lighters”—an inspirational track that is sure to surf the airwaves throughout the summer—is another break from the typical vicious lyrical assault. The EP suffers from substandard tracks at times, but everything takes a back seat next to the duo’s lyrical ferocity, that goes for other MCs and stellar production. Throughout the 11-track record, Em and Royce deliver exactly what their fans have been waiting for for a decade plus: lyrics to go. —Carl Chery

  • http://xxl.com biged

    whatever xxl is smokin cut it in half next time. how is the clipse shit ass album xxl and this aint. if these beats dont slam get a new system. lyrically nobody can hang with em and slaughterhouse unless their on strange music

    • O.Skino

      Nahh kid… the Clipse album is a XXL because it’s a combination of dope lyrics & well rounded thought provoking songs and production. Bad Meets Evil (which is still a dope ass album) revolves around nothing but pointless (though ridiculously sick) lyrics. Kinda like what the Marshal Mathers LP would be without “Stan”, “The Way I Am”, & “Kim”. Feel me?

      • Chucky

        I wouldn’t call Lighters or Take From Me pointless. Dope rhyming with plenty of meaning behind it, EP sounds more like an LP

      • deuce

        just because a song isn’t literally about something sentimental or emotional does not mean that it’s lyrics are pointless, nor even that it’s not about sentiment or emotion in a metaphorical/allegorical way.

  • O.Skino

    This album is a LYRICAL MONSTER!!!! Exactly what every real fan of lyricism needs after summers chock full of lil’Wayne crap, dumb hooks, and sung rap!! I know Jay&Ye’s Watch the Throne is gonna be dope… but lyrically Kanye’s got nothing on Royce… so Lyrically this album is the best i’ve heard since Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II & Slaughterhouse… Jigga and Ye better go back to the drawing board!!

  • DJ Ken

    What do you mean Beats “L” ? Production is nice(Better than Recovery) and Originality “L” too ? lyrically, its a 5/5. Come on, this album is a 4.5/5

  • PAT

    fuck XXL

  • N:Y:C

    This my album of the summer.Bad Meets Evil is the shit and the EP is just a 11 track rap monster.The beats are banging and the flow,lyrics,delivery is just insane.Royce and EM going back and forth like that..its beautiful to listen to.Pure real rap music.I love it.

  • D90

    wtf do u gotta do 2 get a xxl for lyrics… this album is crazy nd the beats deserve more than jus a L, smh xxl been slackin on these reviews

    • jimmmyjam

      music is about more than lyrics, u think oh cos they used a lot of internal rhymes and multis tht its the gratest thing in the world. ur honestly dickriding if u think this album was perfect, beats wise it was fine but there was more than onemistep and there were some shitsongs on there like reunion.

      • Guest

        I know what you mean and just lyrics is considered spoken word. Music consist of more than rapid meaningless lyrics. Multi’s and Internal rhymes are hard to clearly define, also it is a bastard poetic device.

      • PAT

        people like u r tha reason tha music industry is complete shit so golisten ta tha bullshit u probly listen 2 and get tha fuck off this page

      • Nat Turner II

        The Reunion is one of the best songs on the album…the only song I NEVER listen too is “I’m on Everything”…Lighters is a little too commercial for me, but when I don’t skip it…I enjoy the lyrics wish Bruno Mars wasn’t on it…he sounds like a whining woman…

  • shade

    its a EP xxl, its not a album whre u get great production and beats. they did it for fun and for the fans. and the lyrics are sick. wat do u want? another Rick Ross album tht was great production but lyrics suck? lol

  • Sha

    Get your KY dudes! It’s about to be some serious Eminem dick-riding on this site! The album is decent. Lyrically, it’s above average. But they ruined the whole album with that Bruno Mars collabo.

    But it’s consistently Eminem (as of late). A subpar white-chocolate album wrapped in some pop appeal and purchased like hell by the suburban “I’m happy we finally have a lyrical white boy” stans. My rating? LARGE. Nothing above.

  • jfl11

    Sorry to come off as selfish but ever since Slaughterhouse joined Shady I’ve slowly started to turn away. I’m just not into their style right now… too much transformation from what was successful on their debut album, into basically clones of Eminem. That goes mostly for Royce, because I still feel Budden is genuine and true to himself. Album is an L in my opinion. How can you even make a case for this to get a perfect rating? Stop dick riding.

  • fuck yall

    hey for none knowing dick heads .
    if its a 11 tracks its a lp. eps are 9 tracks and under even a dam music mag dont know shit xxl eat a dick.
    fuck em and royce cop that random ax its a 1.99 mp3 on amazon bitchs

    • O.Skino

      t is 9 tracks asshole… the deluxe edition on itunes comes with 2 bonus tracks… if u bought the album u’d notice that.

    • fuck you

      the album is 9 tracks, the deluxe edition has 2 bonus tracks

  • fuck yall

    i mint axe lol

  • Dick Riders

    I would have given this an M, L at BEST

  • Javito_1`

    *sigh still waitn on that recovery review

  • O.Skino

    it is 9 tracks asshole… the deluxe edition on itunes comes with 2 bonus tracks… if u bought the album u’d notice that.

    it’s not a classic… it’s just super lyrical. I’ma big Em fan, and appreciate him bring lyricism back to Rap… but this is just an Album for the fans. i’m sure it’s gonna keep getting better. X-X-L rating is Fair… this isn’t an illmatic, blueprint, ready to die, or Chronic. It’s just super dope lyrics. don’t let a watered down industry lower ur expectations for these rap albums. And yall all know that Bruno Mars cut simply felt awkward… it didnt belong

    • O.Skino

      i meant to write an X-L Rating is Fair***

  • Kid Cashier

    I’m confused….. u guys rated it an XL, but the polls show an L for beats, XL for lyrics, and L for originality….

    Wouldnt that mean its only “L” rated if u average it out??

    In my opinion the beats could get an XL… production on a majority of shit coming out has been all fist pumping techno shit or lex lugar snare riding shit… these are pretty straight hip-hop beats.

    Lyrics are dope as fuck, and i guess i cant say shit about originality because who the fuck puts anything out thats super super original?

  • http://www.justice.gov.za Ch*l*z

    Lyriiiiiiiiiiiciiiiiiiissssssssssssmmmmmmmmm………..won………
    End of Story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://detroitrap.com FRED

    OMG WTF MAN XXLMAG FIRST CHANGES THE SET UP HERE WHERE THEY TAKE OFF VIDES WAY TOO FAST THEN THEY GIVE THAT EP THAT RESPONSE?? OMG THAT CD IS HOT FROM WHAT I HEARD AN I THINK I HEARD IT ALL I THINK 9 OF THEM AND ITS BETTER THEN ANYTHING OUT THERE IN LONG TIME WTF MAN AND I LIKE XXLMAG BUT YOU GUYS KEEP CHANGIN SHIT AND I LIKE HOW IT USE TO BE SET UP AND THEN YOU GUYS TAKE OFF FASTLANE VIDEO THAT FAST? SEEMS LIKE SUM HATING GOIN ON? IM SORRY BUT THAT HOT SHADY GOT 2 GROUPS NOW AND ONE HOT YELAWOLF WHICH IS OK FOR WHITE BOY BUT YET TAKE DOWN FASTLANE VIDEO THAT FAST? ANYWAY IF YOU NO HIPHOP BAD MEETS EVIL YOU WILL BUY IT IF NOT UR CRAZY IF IT KEEPS GOING THIS WAY ON THIS SITE IM STOP COMIN HERE AND STICK TOO THISIS50.COM OR DIFF ANYWAY EVERYONE THE CD IS BETTER THEN RECOVERY TRUST N THIS BEGINING D12 TO SLAUGHTEERHOUSE TO ROYCE SOLO TO DRE COME ON ANYWAY I GOT NOTHIN ELSE TO SAY

  • Scotty G

    i agree fred bad meets evil is hottest cd i heard in past few yrs and its a ep thats what nuts bout it anyway cd is hot i heard couple and man im buyin it xxlmag has been changin few things i dont like too agree i dont like but every site latly been doing that i dont understand why people do this if people like it anyway wtf is fastlane video it aint on here no more? it was just on? well whatever

  • Bruno

    yeah they should of got better rates then that i haerd half of it so far and its nice! eminem ,royce doing great hiphop and with slaughterhouse coming man im pumped up and D12 man eminem doing right things for hiphop fastlane was hot and 2 other tracks i heard were best on long time long time i’m on everything and kiss i think was names man they bringing back some real hiphop i just orded it well xxlmag wake up lol jk but dude is right everyone goin to thisis50.com more now lol dont fix it if it aint broken anyway eminem keep doing what your doing

  • Bruno

    but xxlmag should of gave them a better rate review then that i agree???

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    Being a big fan of both of them, I expected it to kill shit. It leaked a week ago and I got to preview the album and only gave it a quick listen. At first after hearing it I came away a little let down. I thought it was decent.

    A few days later I listened to it again on you tube, every song except for lighters and Im one one. I ended up liking it a lot more, especially after watching the videos with the lyrics attached to the song, which does the song more justice once you se what they are saying.
    Overall I think the rating was fair. It was dope dont get me wrong and a much needed breath of fresh air, but not the murder I anticipated.
    Maybe my expectations were set a little high. Im still going to buy it.

  • aye

    they didn’t even try with this, they had fun with it and it’s better than most garbage nowadays

  • O.Skino

    What do u mean the best album in the past few years? i know there ain’t much, but do yall not search for the greats? Raekwon (Chef) dropped Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 in ’09… by far the best shit i’ve heard in years… Then Slaughterhouse dropped their LP, also by far the best shit of ’09… then Em gave us Relapse (which was ehhh) & Recovery (which was dope) back to back… when i look at this list i realize Shady’s camp are the only cats dropping good shit**… except for Chef!! he’s fuckin harsh!!!

  • http://xxl.com biged

    heres a radical new concept- if u dont like it dont fuckin listen too it. why is it dick riding cuz these dudes can smash anyone in the biz. everybody was complaining when it was snappin and dancin and lil john shit. now that a cd come out that is fire its dick riding. well u can ride this dick straight into ur ass cuz this shit bangs…….o ya listen to the coathanga strangla and reveiw that shit. and ride that one too!

  • SpartyOn

    Lyrically…who is better than Em? No one can come close…Pac and Biggie would never have come close to putting together what Em does…xxl came up short on the lyrical side of things

  • Rap Fan

    Personally, I rate this:

    Lyrics: XL
    Beats: XL
    Originality: L
    Overall: XL

    Favourite track would have to be Welcome 2 Hell, with Havoc’s anthemic production and the eerie atmosphere.

  • FrankDuke

    First off everybody hating on this album should be punched with a roll of quarters that bruno mars song is good music period good hook good lyrics. And xxl first Budden got a xl for lyrics and now this fire these critics best flow and lyrics i herd all year on a album and i listen to everything then they will give fab a xl in lyrics to and ross not on the same level period this is whats wrong with hiphop its all politics they dont want the fans to know that royce is better then ross and fab lyrically so when they read this review they think overated

  • FrankDuke

    Real review
    Lyrics XXL
    Beats XL
    Flow XXl
    Originality XL
    That the real review they both rap more lyrics then ross did on his LP go check and weirdos go read the book that came with CD if you cant keep up with flow and lyrics

  • AV

    Ya albums garbage, i bought ya shit man, i listened to it , now its in the trash can

  • elroh

    XXLhate white people

  • damedash

    eminem is extremely overrated why u stans riding on his dick??on all he does is diss popstars instead of beefing with real emcee he rans like a pu$$y (cannibus )
    lyrically
    cannibus,rakim,rasskass,biggie,>>>>>>eminem

    • Dj ken

      Shit on you. I rather die if Biggie is better than Em, pac is but, biggie ? Nah !!

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  • O.Skino

    U guys are all nuts… this is a dope album… super lyrical… but u’re talking about dubbing it a classic… u’re saying it belongs in the same category as Illmatic!!! TRIPPIN!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

    The lyrics deserved a XXL. It was awesome…

  • http://www.gmail.com DEUCE

    BAD meets evil is the best album this year,i dnt knw wat the fuck XXL is smoking.And to be honest royce was a toe ahead on this one,sori emienm