XXcLusive: Havoc of Mobb Deep Speaks on Working With Eminem
Earlier this morning on his Shade 45 Sirius Satelite radio station, Eminem revealed that Havoc landed a spot on his new album, Recovery. XXLMag.com quickly picked up the jack to speak to the Mobb Deep beatmaker—a self-described Shady fan—about how he got one of his beats on the disc.
According to the Queensbridge-native, he has been submitting music to Mr. Mathers for years. “I been trying to get placement on an Eminem project for the past two years with no success at doing it 'cause you know they pretty picky over there and rightfully so,” he said. “So I almost landed a placement on [Relapse] but for whatever reason it didn’t happen. I was never mad, but my philosophy was keep hitting them ’til something [stuck].”
The philosophy seemed to work perfectly. Em ended up picking a track that Hav produced alongside his new protégé, up-and-comer Magnedo7. The hip-hop composer, known for his dark, moody productions, describes the track as a flip of a 1960s pop song, which he failed to name.
Havoc’s longtime associate, who also serves as Eminem’s tour DJ, The Alchemist took to his twitter account this morning to congratulate H-A-V. “Hate that I didn't make Em's album,” he wrote, “but i love the fact that my big bro Havoc did! Salute!”
The rap vet told us that, “The feeling is mutual. Whenever we both get a big placement we always patting each other on the back, and there’s no animosity or jealosy cause it almost feels like if I made it, he made, and if he made it, I made it. And it just makes us go that much harder.”
Eminem’s Recovery is set to hit stores on June 22. Along with Havoc, it will also feature production from Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da. —Jesse Gissen