Royce da 5’9” and Eminem also known as Bad Meets Evil have had a relationship for over 20 years. Whenever they collaborate together there is a huge buzz. Earlier this year the track “Caterpillar” off of Royce’s album Book of Ryan was released. The circumstances how they met was captured on Royce’s track “Tabernacle” off of Royce’s 2016 album Layers on a day he will never forget for multiple reasons.
Royce da 5’9” – Caterpillar featuring Eminem and King Green
Royce da 5’9”-Tabernacle
The date was December 28th 1997. Royce that night had a gig at a venue as the opening act for Usher. His manager Kino had booked the show. On that same day would be the birth of his son and the passing of his grandmother. Most people under those circumstances would have opted not to perform. Royce made the decision to persevere.
The way the story goes was that Eminem had a booth at the concert venue selling his Slim Shady EP. Kino made the introduction and Eminem was impressed by Royce. Fast forward a year later, Eminem was being signed to Aftermath and had passed off Royce’s demo to Dr Dre. Dr Dre flew out Royce to work on music for his album Chronic 2001. Ultimately Royce was offered to sign with Aftermath Records but opted for Tommy Boy Records instead.
Royce da 5’9” Meeting Eminem – VladTV
Royce’s collaboration “Bad Meets Evil” did end showing up on Eminem’s 1999 Slim Shady LP. They also put out as the group Bad Meets Evil the double single “Nuttin To Do” and “Scary Movies”. Followed by an appearance on Dj Clue’s 2000 album The Professional 2 with Method Man on the track, “what The Beat”. Royce would then team up with Eminem again on his 2002 solo debut album on the title track “Rock City”.
Eminem – Bad Meets Evil feat. Royce da 5’9″
Bad Meets Evil – Nuttin To Do feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9″
Bad Meets Evil – Scary Movies feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9″
Dj Clue – What The Beat feat. Eminem, Royce da 5’9″ and Method Man
Royce da 5’9″ – Rock City feat. Eminem
It was around this time the track “Renegade” was recorded between the two of them. Royce’s record label at the time did not want it on the album since they already had “Rock City”. The track would eventually be released but Royce’s vocals were replaced by Jay Z’s and end up on his 2001 album The Blueprint. Fortunately for fans the original would eventually make its way to the internet.
Royce da 5’9″ – Renegade feat. Eminem
Jay-Z – Renegade feat. Eminem
Royce would then for a time have a falling out with Eminem. This was because of a beef with members of Eminem’s group D12. Due to Eminem keeping silent, Royce aired out his feelings towards Eminem for not coming to his defense on the track “ We Ridin”. It would not be until Royce reconciled with the members of D12 especially Proof that Eminem would start working things out. The passing of Proof was what made Royce and Eminem realize completely how foolish they had been with each other for years. Even though they were friends again, Royce and Eminem would not put out any material together until 2011.
Royce da 5’9″ – We Ridin
That is when they put out together the project Hell: The Sequel under their group Bad Meets Evil. The project was spearheaded by the single “Fast Lane”. Several months later Eminem would appear along with Royce on the album Success Is Certain. The track was “Writer’s Block” which turned out to be the lead single. There was an original version and a remix by legendary DJ Premier.
Bad Meets Evil – Fast Lane feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9″
Royce da 5’9″ – Writer’s Block (remix) feat. Eminem (prod. by DJ Premier)
Royce even brokered a deal to have his supergroup Slaughterhouse sign to Eminem’s record label Shady Records. Eminem would make appearances on the tracks “Our House” and “Throw That” from the 2009 album Welcome to: Our House. From there Bad Meets Evil would reappear on the 2014 Shady XV compilation on “Vegas” and two appearances on the 2015 Southpaw Soundtrack. Those tracks were “Raw” and “All I Think About”.
Slaughterhouse – Our House feat. Eminem
Slaughterhouse – Throw That feat. Eminem
Bad Meets Evil – Vegas feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9”
Bad Meets Evil – Raw feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9”
Bad Meets Evil – All I Think About feat. Eminem and Royce da 5’9″
The relationship with Royce Da 5’9” and Eminem is stronger than ever. It is good to see that they were able to overcome their differences and still periodically put out new material. With the backlash that came with Eminem’s Revival project it was Royce who has been the most vocal, coming to his defense. The backlash has seemed to inspire Eminem as evident in their latest collaboration “Caterpillar”. Hopefully there is another Bad Meets Evil project in the works in the near future.