Never one to be conventional, and always one to tease us fans with dribs and drabs of information in interesting little ways in the lead up to the album… Em has officially confirmed that his next solo album will be coming in 2013, via a baseball cap.
As you can see above, the cap has the year of each Eminem solo release from Infinite to Recovery, and then 2013 stitched in underneath, thus implying his next solo release will in fact be in 2013. It’s official! we can’t wait! – you can buy the cap here.
For those who don’t know, Slaughterhouse’s Shady Records debut album – welcome to: OUR HOUSE recently leaked online and has sparked an array of reactions amongst fans.
I’m sure there’s many people out there who hadn’t heard, or wouldn’t have heard of Slaughterhouse if not solely for their involvement with Eminem and their signing to Shady Records. So, for those of you who were waiting to hear Em’s contributions on this release, here you go…
In order of appearance on the album then:
1. Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem and Skylar Grey – Our House
2. Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem – Throw That
3. Slaughterhouse feat. Eminem – Asylum
Eminem executive produced this album and co-produced most of the tracks on it, he very much oversaw the whole thing in the same way that Dre did Em’s early albums.
The reason I am emphasizing Em’s involvement with this album as apposed to offering a straight-up appraisal or criticism of the album itself, or commenting too broadly on Slaughterhouse as a whole is obviously because, this is an Eminem blog; which isn’t to say all posts here will be void of views on some hip-hop in general, but if I start venturing too broadly, it may as well be a generic hip-hop blog.
What did you think of Em’s production, mixing, hooks, verse; and the album as a whole?
Pink has recently let loose the fact that Eminem is on a new song, on her upcoming album.
Pink’s next album is called The Truth About Love and it comes out September 18, 2012; and the song Em is featured on is called “Here Comes the Weekend”. Pink has said that the song is an “alternative club-banger”, sigh. Let’s hope it’s more creative than it sounds!
Some people (myself included) were somewhat letdown with “Won’t Back Down”, not because it’s all that bad (although, it sometimes feels like it’s a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of noise thrashing), but; pretty much any singer could have been on that hook. It wasn’t really definitive for it to be Pink. And for Em to work with an artist of that calibre and attitude – you would expect something special.
“Won’t Back Down” was just a punchline track; what I would want is something like “Love the Way You Lie”, and I don’t mean a song LIKE “Love the Way You Lie”, I mean a collaboration like that, where the collaborator makes the song something else. Rihanna was a public victim of domestic abuse, and so her singing on such a powerful song detailing that, is interesting, and effective.
Unfortunately, by the sounds of it, this next track isn’t going to break conceptual boundaries either.
Oh well, let’s just wait and see!
We now have the tracklist for Slaughterhouse’s upcoming Shady debut, and it looks great!
Here’s the tracklisting…
1. The Slaughter (Intro)
2. Our House – Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Skylar Grey
3. Coffin – Slaughterhouse, Busta Rhymes
4. Throw That – Slaughterhouse, Eminem
5. Hammer Dance
6. Get Up
7. My Life – Slaughterhouse, CeeLo Green
8. We Did It (Skit)
9. Flip A Bird
10. Throw It Away – Slaughterhouse, Swizz Beatz
11. Rescue Me – Slaughterhouse, Skylar Grey
12. Frat House
14. Park It Sideways
16. Our Way (Outro)
17. Asylum – Slaughterhouse, Eminem
18. Walk Of Shame
19. The Other Side
20. Place To Be – Slaughterhouse, B.O.B.
You’ll notice that Em makes an appearance on not one, not two but THREE tracks. For any Em fans reading this; of which I’m sure there are many, as this is an Eminem blog! – I’m sure that you, as I, am very happy about that (the features!).
One song in particular I cant wait to hear is “Asylym”, not only because it features Em but I also believe it was produced or co-produced by him and we haven’t heard Em spit some sinister madness over his own beats for a little while now. So that should be fun. Other than that, the features appear to be minimal and well chosen. I particularly can’t wait to hear the track with Busta!
I personally think that Eminem being on two of these tracks, out of 16 (one is on the deluxe) is about right. I think anymore and he could truly begin to steal the show; although I am a little annoyed that “Asylum” is a bonus track, as I have a strange hunch it’ll be one of the most thrilling tracks of them all. Which, by the way, could be why it is on the deluxe version: to make you want to buy that one!
What’s your thoughts on the tracklisting and the Em features?
Although Eminem still lives in the studio, hasn’t been seen breathing fresh air for about twelve years (caution: sarcasm may be present < how lame!) and isn't exactly what you'd call savvy with the use of the Internet, let alone social media platforms... he's the king. Em now has 60 million Facebook likes – which officially makes him the most ‘liked’ human being ali… on Facebook!
I remember a little longer than a year ago writing about how Em had 30 million fans; so, that amount has doubled in just over a year. Well, I say ‘just’ over, it’s more like a year and a half, but ‘just over’ sounded cleaner. Even though I’ve just now explained it all. Sigh.
So what does this mean? well, not much to you and I really, and probably not much to Eminem.
What is quite surprising though is that Em’s likes surpass those of Lady GaGa and Michael Jackson. Surpassing Lady GaGa is one thing, and itself impressive, given how gigantic she is in this generation (Em’s prime was long before her) but the fact he has more Facebook fans than MJ is rather amazing, considering just how gargantuan Michael Jackson was and still is in the world of music. And the world period. Our world that is, Earth; although I wouldn’t be surprised if space aliens had heard of Michael Jackson, that’s how famous he was (is?). Especially after all that moon-walking (ooh, no).
Two particular factors which may account for his leading status, even now, may be these…
He Stands for More Than His Talent
Back when he truly ruled a generation with his middle-finger bearing, sharp-tongued antics: he really did represent about as big an anti-authority figure as you could imagine in art. The utterance of his name in certain circles could cause winces.
He Appeals to More than His Own Genre
Now, of course Michael Jackson for example appeals to more than one genre; everybody and their uncle (and their uncle) knows of and probably loves at least a handful of MJ songs. But what’s a little different is, Eminem doesn’t just appeal to different genres based on the scope of his reach or popularity of his melodies… Eminem TRULY appeals to different genres, for their unique appeals.
By that, I mean; with hip-hop – he appeals with his intricate rhymes and innovative flows; with rock – he appeals with pure punk-rock attitude that is basically anti-establishment, anti-authority and “fuck off, and listen to this”, in a nutshell and with pop – he appeals with catchy hooks and deeply personal subject-matter.
Appealing to so many obsessive fan bases at once for different yet entirely justified reasons is one of the reasons he transcends so well, and few artists (let alone rappers) appeal to as many, at once, as authentically as he. There are also other things which factor in to of course though such as the fact that a lot of Michael Jackson fans may not be on Facebook, as they’re a pre-Facebook era; where as many of Em’s fans have grown up on message boards.
Either way, this ia an impressive feat all the same. Well done, Marshall!
PS. Em is apparently gaining around 30k new fans on Facebook every day. That’s amazing; there’s nearly as many times as I masturbate on an hourly basis!