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Fat Joe Says Eminem is “Back to Where He Once Was” on “Recovery”

After just hearing Eminem’s leaked Recovery, Fat Joe spoke with to sing the album’s praises.

“That shit’s crazy,” said the Bronx rapper. “That shit with him and Wayne, [track] number two [“Talkin’ 2 Myself”]. All that shit, man. That nigga spittin’. Hard.”

Joe went on to say that, although it was a different sound than he was anticipating from the album, it did not disappoint. “I thought I wasn’t gonna like it, cause niggas was sayin’, Yo, it’s rock, and this and that,” he continued. “But that shit was hard. I was expecting just more regular hip-hop type shit. You know what I’m sayin’? It was more like Just Blaze-[produced] rock shit…I like that shit. A lot. I can’t lie to you.”

As for whether or not Em has returned to his level as one of, if not the, most revered lyricist in the game, Joe pulled no punches. “I think he’s back to where he once was,” he shared. “For real. I think lyrically, he’s back to where he was. That’s what I got from the album.”

Fat Joe’s The Darkside: Volume 1 is scheduled for a July 27 release. —Adam Fleischer

[Now that you read Fat Joe’s review of Recovery, check out what the staff at XXL think of Em’s latest album here.]

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