Bad Meets Evil
Hell: The Sequel


3.0
good

Review

by Narshh USER (8 Reviews)
June 14th, 2011 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Cause this is what happens when Bad meets Evil/And we hit the trees til we look like Vietnamese people/He's Evil, and I'm Bad like Steve Seagal/Against peaceful, see you in hell for the sequel"

And here we are, 10 years later, and after numerous difficulties ranging from addiction and jail, to “beefs” and deaths, with the rap duo Bad Meets Evil back together. Bad Meets Evil, are Royce da 5'9 and Eminem, for those who live under a rock. On this EP, you won’t find a classic such as one of their early tracks, ‘Scary Movies’, or youthful tracks like ‘Nuttin to Do’ and ‘She’s the One’; however, this is by no means a bad thing. Royce da 5'9's technicality, flow, and overall ability to create lyrical verses has grown immensely since we last heard him with Eminem, and since Em has deviated greatly from his former technique, making him arguably less clever and even somewhat grating to listen to recently, the verses heard on this album are almost equally matched on every track. Make no mistake though, when Em decides to go in, Royce is once again left standing in the dust gaping at who he, himself, has stated as “the greatest MC of all time”. Since this EP is more of a slew of random tracks recorded for fun, rather than a cohesive unit, I’ll be breaking this review down into the dreaded track-by-track format. If you cannot be bothered to go through every track, skip over to the end for any final thoughts. Oh and please excuse my slight tendency to come off as a Stan-I swear I’m not trying to.

1) Welcome 2 Hell (2: 58)- The album opens with a Havoc produced beat that utilizes haunting, eerie vocal samples that harmonize while a relatively simple, semi-fast tempo is set by the backing drums/clap. Eminem opens fiercely and sets up the form for many of the songs on this album: impressive double time flow coupled with so many one-liners (“Push a bitch out the Aspen until I get the *** out of Dodge”), similes, metaphors, wordplay and just funny lines, that you’ll inevitably have to give the track another spin whether or not you liked it. Royce slows it down a little on this short opening track, and after spitting a few clever bars (“anybody thinkin'/That the game don't need/the Bad and the Evil regime/That's like saying that bad boy Piston team didn't need Isaiah”), the duo’s voices combine and intertwine as the trade lines for a pretty epic closing (Eminem even reverts back to the semi-automated sounding voice that was common around the “The Eminem Show” era, which is a very satisfying allusion). Favorite lines in this song go to Eminem:

“Bruce Willis on his death bed, last breath with an infection
Fighting it while he's watching internet porn
About to meet his death with an erection
My God, what I mean is
David Carradine jacking his penis in front of his tripod
Choking his own neck, what part you don't get"
I'm saying I die hard”


2) Fastlane (4:10)- The first single, and one of the songs where Royce comes out on top. This song is relaxing, enjoyable, funny, but somehow lacks any lasting appeal. The beat is well done and literally pounds through the speakers, but still doesn’t help the track from feeling sort of mundane by the end. Still, the song was a good choice for the single, made very clear by the success of the carefree and humorous music video, as it showcased not only Royce’s ability to keep up with a double time flow, but also his knack for obscure and clever lines much like Eminem-although on this specific record, albeit one or two clever lines (“was called Eminem/but he threw away the candy and ate the rapper/Chewed him up/and spitted him out,”), Em just drifts through spitting non sequiturs about trailer trash and hoes in double time as he lets Royce take the forefront. Favorite lines" Royce predicting Jack Kevorkian’s death.


3) The Reunion (4: 50)- The beat, created by Eminem and Sid Roams, sounds like something straight from the MMLP or TES era-which is fitting, since this song as a whole is by far the most reminiscent of that time. Em and Royce paint a fictional tale of their reunion that includes fat chicks, wives and mistresses, black ice and jack-knifing and even SWAG. Those themes, coupled with Eminem’s slowest flow in recent memory, a chorus song by none other than Em himself and not a sappy pop star, and a rhyme scheme towards the end of third verse that’s similar to MMLP, simply cannot fail. The only negative aspect of this track is that the oversimplified lyrics can reduce the appeal of song after many listens. That’s not to say that there aren’t any clever lines. Royce hating on swagger is a huge plus: “She said/I'm feeling your whole swagger and flow, can we hook up"/I said/umm, you just used the word swagger, so no”. Favorite lines go to Em though:

“Turn the radio up louder, make it thump
While I bump that Relapse CD, trying to hit every bump in that cunt
Thought I snap back in that accent cause she kept asking me
To quit calling her cunt, I said I cunt,”


4) Above the Law (3: 30)- This song sports an intense beat from Mr. Porter (further proving that he’s a capable producer) and one of the two catchiest chorus on the album-both of which are sung by Claret Jai. Essentially, this song is Eminem and Royce at their angriest, fastest, and yup, loudest. But unlike other songs where Em’s new take on aggression as being equivalent to loudness is prevalent, this track makes it work. No unifying concept, except for one or two references to the law, but many, many sick lines.

Royce:
“You got a mouth like Kanye, I'll knock your whole bottom row of teeth out. No disrespect to Mr. West, *** I'm just nice with mine
And this just rap, I'm like Ricky Hatton, I just like the line”


5) I’m On Everything (4: 31)- Decent beat, cool sample, sick flows, ehh lyrics-joke song. People need to relax and stop crying every time Eminem makes an average song. Royce’s constant stream of movie references are pretty funny, and so is:

“I’m the type that’ll take a bath with a whore
Drown her, bang her head on the passenger door
When I’m stashin’ her in the back, smacking
Her forehead on the dash and its accidentally blowin’, a Benz jeep horn”


6) A Kiss (4:34)- A Bangladesh beat laden with bells and filled with misogynistic lyrics-apparently a formula for success, because damn is this song good. Royce and Em both deliver their equally hilarious and witty lines with a quiet, fiery, flow. Eminem once again shows that he has more to offer than the usual yell technique he’s been implementing, and introduces us to a different soft spoken double time flow. Royce has many clever lines (“'bout to saves a couple of these bitches, that's right, I'm the new Bible/You" You five-O, me"/I'm all grounded than punishments/But I'm too fly though/y'all niggas be winin', I should call you Moscato”) but Eminem wins cleverness with his allusion to a threesome: “A one night stand is all he wants wit a female fan, yeah, one like Stan/So by the one nightstand this bedroom has two lamps and only one nightstand/Get the hint"”. The song also contains a reference to Lady Gaga, Katie Perry, and Justin “Beaver”, and easily the best back and forth on the whole EP. Hook is pretty gay though.


7) Lighters (5: 04)- Yeah it’s a good song. Yeah, Bruno Mars does well on it. But it just doesn’t work with this EP and creates a rift in the flow of the album. You’ll hear it on the radio soon enough. SMH at T-Pain not wanting to work with Royce though: “I remember when T-Pain ain't wanna work with me/Now my car starts itself, parks itself and auto-tunes”


8) Take From Me (3: 26)- Although it’s the shortest track, this song is easily the most meaningful. The hook, sung by the aforementioned Claret Jai, reiterates the song’s theme of selfishness and inconsiderate fans/family members/people in general. Eminem focuses on leakers and how they actually have an impact on him since now that he’s sober, his music and his daughters are really all that he has left. This verse sees Em pretty close to his prime form, and believe it or not, Royce manages to completely keep up and maybe even surpass him with his opening verse. Eminem has the better flow but rhyme scheme and content wise…it could go either way. Here are the best parts from each verse:

Royce:
“Guess that's the difference in friends and associates, I done been broke
I done been through the motions, I don't pay no attention to birds, I use my scope and I tend to the vultures
No one ever blows up your phone just to talk, I don't make money just to loan it to y'all
Tell a nigga that then you wildin' it's like dialin' 'em and then talking to a hole in the wall
Please look at these expenses, these niggas expensive, if I gotta lend you money every time
I see you just to be your friend bitch, I don't really need your friendship”

Eminem:
“Cause I break my back to give you my art
You steal my thoughts, it's like driving a spike through my heart
You might not think it's that big of a deal to steal from me but music is all I got"

“I have nothing else to give you, nothing left to contribute
Farewell I bid you, but before I go, my last gift to you,
Ladies and gentleman, Slaughterhouse I give you!”


9) Loud Noises (4:20)- Final song on the regular version of the EP, featuring Em, Royce and all the other members of Slaughterhouse in a back to back, no time to breath, double time frenzy. Each rapper delivers something unique, Eminem with a sick flow, Crooked I with an insane amount of multi’s, Royce with his “big dick” humor, Joell Ortiz with an incredibly fast Yelawolf-ish verse, and even Budden tosses aside his usual drawl for a double time verse with deadly lines. Despite the great verses however, the song doesn’t quite mesh together too well and comes off as kind of obnoxious. Still, there are many sick sounding lines like Joe Budden’s “Got an aura more like Sodom and Gomorrah”.



Recommended Tracks
‘Welcome 2 Hell’
‘The Reunion’
‘Above the Law’
‘A Kiss’
‘Take From Me’



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Yeah first time writing a long review, let me know how it is if anyone drudges their way through it lol...and idk how to do any formatting such as bold, underlines or indents so I tried to make it look as appealing as I could w/o them

Urinetrouble
June 14th 2011


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

try not to do a track by track review

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Urinetrouble yeah I was debating whether or not I should do a track by track, and I didn't with my first three reviews, but for this, since its just like a collection of songs, I thought it'd be the most effective

BallsToTheWall
June 14th 2011


48983 Comments


Take From Me slays.

Digging: Severoth - Forestpaths

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Am I getting neg'd simply because it's a track by track?

Urinetrouble
June 14th 2011


5771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

not gonaa neg you



Idnuf
June 14th 2011


1491 Comments


Neg'd because:

1. The reference to songs in the introduction paragraph is completely without any context and so I, as a reader, am already lost on what you're saying.

2. The intro in general is a cluster of insoluble run-on sentences that do nothing to enhance my understanding of the sound of this album. Okay, Royce is better than before and Eminem is worse. So? What impact does this have on the reader? Assume that the reader is completely unaware of everything that the involved artists have done in the past. Also, the very first sentence references an unspecified event from 10 years ago. Tell us what it is. Be as clear as possible.

3. No matter how much it attracts you, just don't to track by track reviews. I see the motivation in this case, but if an album is so lacking in cohesion that it necessitates this format, it should be a knock on the album. Description of individual tracks does nothing to help the reader understand what they are getting into with this album.

4. Don't put in all of these lyric quotations. They're intrusive and destroy any flow the review might have had. I suppose they helped me realize the claims of fantastic lyrics were lies but this contradiction shouldn't be visible in the review.

5. Pare down everywhere. This review just needs general polishing to make it readable. It is unbearably long and doesn't actually accomplish anything.

6-100000000000. Seriously. No track by tracks. Please.

I'm a horrible writer, so I can't offer the most sophisticated criticism, but these are basic issues that need resolving. In my opinion, this review needs complete rewriting to make it truly good.

BallsToTheWall
June 14th 2011


48983 Comments


Actually I was the one who POSD. I dont give a fuck that it's a TBT.

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hahah ightt thanks, just saw the 2 negs so I was wondering who they came from

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@Idnuf

-I really don't see any run-ons...maybe a few extended sentences but nothing that isn't sustained with a comma, semi-colon or hyphen.

-I don't feel that all reviews, especially for something that has one of the biggest artists of all time on it, need a summary or background story type intro like I always see. But you're right, this album is a continuation of a group started in '99 so I could make that more clear

-I think the formatting is what's making it grating to read

-I think the hate for track by tracks is retarded. Reading how each song sounds on an album usually helps me.

Cadda
June 14th 2011


162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's funny, this is being rated really highly here, but it's getting so much hate on Yahoo.

DoubtGin
June 14th 2011


6880 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

no it's not funny because sputnik loves everything this guy does

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I really don't see what's to hate haha, I was gonna be more objective and less Stan-like and give it a 3.5 or 4 but after rating each track individually I realized I really do like it enough for a 4.5 lol

Cadda
June 14th 2011


162 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

And Yahoo hates everything he does, but still.

newjunkaesthetic93
June 14th 2011


1871 Comments


I pos'd even though I feel like you included way too many lyrics. They really don't do much and just read awkwardly. Anyways... is this better or worse than Recovery?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2011


31367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is his funniest and best since eminem show, excepting the excellent mariah diss track

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 14th 2011


9067 Comments


t-b-t's have to be done well, and for the most part it is. Maybe cut down on the lyrical quotes. You have obviously put some effort into this even knowing that t-b-t's are generally looked down on. This will get a +1pos from me.
I should check out your other reviews if this is your first tbt on this site.

Tupik
June 14th 2011


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg'd, mostly for the same reasons Idnuf pointed out.



Album is alright, a 3 or 3.5, definitely don't like it as much as you. It starts out pretty strong, but by the end it's not as good. The song with Bruno Mars sucks balls

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

@new junk, yeah i think i'll slim the lyrics down lol I've just listend to this album ALOT since it leaked and wanted make sure my favorite line's got their time in the spotlight i guess hahah. I think it's either equal to or slightly better than recovery

IMO

MMLP

SSLP

H:TS

TES=Recovery

Relapse

Infinite

Encore



@theacademy yeah hahah he's finally getting back into his groove, i saw the live stream chat today with him and royce and the dude was chessin hard..i'm really looking forward to the next LP



@ipodmastery yeah i've been using the site for a while and know that t-b-t are really looked down upon for being too grating to read/unprofessional but since out of all my reviews i like eminem the most, i decided to risk it and go into as much detail as i could



@tupik lol okay, and yeah you're right it doesn't end as strong but take from and a kiss definitely save it.

Narshh
June 14th 2011


1193 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I slimmed the quotes down alot haha



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