Bad Meets Evil
Hell: The Sequel


4.5
superb

Review

by Guzzo CONTRIBUTOR (25 Reviews)
May 21st, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If this is what happens when Bad Meets Evil, then it could be the cure for the post-2002 Eminem cancer.

When an artist/band has their highs it's great. The Slim Shady LP? It was good ol' immature fun. Marshall Mathers LP? It was flat-out monumental. The Eminem Show? A step down, but an astounding feat commercially and somewhat critically. Then the artist/band hits that point. You know, shit. Nas hit it when he produced 'I Am... The Autobiography' and 'Nastradamus' but managed to regain form with STILLmatic. Then there is the sad write-offs like Lil' Wayne. Weezy wasn't always bad actually. In fact, in 2006 and 2007 when he would proclaim, "I am the best rapper alive..." an argument could actually be made. Now it's just laughed at, and with good reason. Eminem's decline is hinging between these two, and had 'Hell: The Sequel' not have been made, I would have classified him with Wayne.

Luckily for Mr. Mathers, it was produced. Pitting a recently bad Marshall Mathers with relatively unknown rapper Royce da 5'9 isn't exactly the blueprints for creating a great album. It should actually be an 'all signs point to more failure,' but it's not. What it is, is a well-produced, well written and technically great album. The album see's Eminem returning to storytelling (The Reunion), rapping in double/triple time and actually coming up with metaphors and puns that are good again. Royce, while not to be out done, holds himself well, and in fact there is never any slowing down between the two. Believe it or not, the album feels like the two emcees are at the top of their game, and you are the lucky fan able to see it happen.

Most every song on this record is good, and some great. "Welcome To Hell" showcases exactly what you should expect for the whole album. The production that fits both emcees styles to a tee, and it shows how well they play off each other. "Above The Law" is a standout, from the hook to the fact that Royce and Eminem absolutely destroy every single line. It's that high standard that Eminem is known for when he kills a mic, and surprisingly, Royce performs just the same. That point in a bands career where the musicianship between group members are as acute as possible is great representative for how Eminem and Royce rap together. "Take From Me" is another spectacle to listen to. The emotion felt, especially from Royce is awe-worthy. It is that acoustic guitar mixed with simple bass that Eminem is known for; and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

Much like a mix tape, this album goes for the whole 'group of songs' feel. There is the emotional songs(Above The Law, Take From Me, Echo), the lighter songs(The Reunion, I'm On Everything, A Kiss) and the ''hard'' songs(Welcome To Hell, Fastlane). There is nothing particularly wrong with this when dealing with the songs by themselves, but it does create a disconnect feel with the album as a whole. There is also the curious case of "Lighters" which is the definition of radio song. Both emcees feel boring for the first time on the record, and the hook just feels stale just bad. I can understand the market reasoning behind having it because it will hit the airwaves and get the album to the masses, but I just assumed having household name Eminem on the front cover would be enough of a sales pitch to gain revenue. Elsewhere Living Proof, a Slaughterhouse collective song, feels out of place and was more than likely put on the record simply to gain recognition for their upcoming release.

Aside from the minor setbacks, Hell: The Sequel is a great addition to the Eminem collection and might be looked at as a savior record. For Royce da 5'9 it puts his name out there to the Hip-Hop masses and proves that he is an entirely capable emcee. Recovery was the first step for Eminem, and this release see's him grab footing. Is it possible for a reemergence from what was one of hip-hops most revered names? The least the album does is give hope to that question.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't know if this is looked down upon, but second review of the day. Been putting this review off since summer '11. Finally decided to give it, what I think, is a decent review. Rating might be .5 too high, but I think its justified.

Gwyn.
May 20th 2013


15160 Comments


hmm never actually heard this for i heard it's better than anything Em's put out in like forever so maybe i should

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you could find a median between The Eminem Show and The Marshall Mathers LP, this would be it. I definitely recommend it a listen.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013


3471 Comments


"Lighters" is a horrible song

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It still baffles me as to why its even on this. Eminem doesn't need a sales pitch.

NeoSpaz
May 20th 2013


4519 Comments


huh, might need to listen to this.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013


6160 Comments


yeah you generally shouldn't do multiple reviews per day

more specifically, you shouldn't post a review if you already have one up on the front page (the exception to this is if you would be bumping your other review off the front page)

it's not like a rule rule, but it's just courtesy and people get mad if you don't follow it

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2013


6160 Comments


in other news, i don't think i like this as much as you do but it was certainly enjoyable and a step in the right direction for both artists i thought

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright, I remember reading in the comments somewhere that it was slightly frowned upon. Yeah, I was caught up in trying to give this a 4 or 4.5 back when I first listened to it in 2011, but I just re-listened to it again and it was still fresh so I gave it the higher rating.

Green Baron
May 20th 2013


20006 Comments


Rap games nipple mine for the milking...


god that line makes me laugh. Lighters sucked, was not expecting tnis to be good at all. But it was, and let's hope his new album is better than encore and relapse.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and recovery*

MMX
May 21st 2013


4831 Comments


Fack the haters, I love Relapse

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fack'em

Tyrannic
May 21st 2013


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2013


6160 Comments


yeah lighters is really bad

Mad.
May 21st 2013


3981 Comments


Worst band and album name ever.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2013


6160 Comments


ye name sucks but music's not bad

BrieLarson
May 21st 2013


460 Comments


Ahh yes the unwritten rules of baseball, err I mean Sonic, umm wait, Sputnik too?

God damnit the thug life just keeps getting heavier on a nigga

infinitetcetera
May 21st 2013


34 Comments


I liked your review, was never sure about listening to this given how I felt after all Em's material since the Marshall LP (disappointed, in a nutshell). I think I'll give it a shot now, based on your rating/review.

Couple of minor criticisms: a few grammar mistakes (extra 'just' in the penultimate paragraph, reads a little clunkily), but my main issue was the mistaken possessives throughout ("see's", "emcees" [that one needs an apostrophe at the end, I believe / third paragraph]

Overall, your voice and tone are clear and crisp. I've enjoyed reading your reviews thus far, so keep at it!

Guzzo10
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2013


1061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I didn't proof read this review, which is my mistake, sorry! But thanks for the criticism!



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