Bad Meets Evil: the prequel.
Royce Da 5'9" and Eminem have been at this for a minute. The pair of Detroit legends initially linked up during their formative years, since they met during one of Royce's concerts; the story is briefly touched upon on in Royce's Layers opener "Tabernacle." "I saw Kino talkin' to Marshall and then he introduced us," raps Royce, "we talked about collaboratin' and how chasin' this rap thing is aggravatin." After that, it wasn't long before the pair hit the studio, and the rest needs no explanation. Today, decades after the fact, Royce took to Instagram to share a welcome throwback, when they were still two "Bad Ass Lil Back Packers."
If the nostalgic image is any indication, one thing is clear: what they lacked in twenty-twenty vision, they made up for in lyrical prowess. Such pictures are a welcome reminder of the duo's storied past, which yielded bangers like "Scary Movies," "She's The One," the original version of "Renegade," Royce's "Rock City," and the Method Man-assisted "What The Beat." Of course, the titular "Bad Meets Evil" deserves special credit for sparking the movement to begin with.
If Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's performances on "Caterpillar" and "Not Alike" were any indication, a Bad Meets Evil album would certainly prove a welcome addition to the 2019 calendar. After all, both parties released a solo album, with Book Of Ryan and Kamikaze on rotation. A reunion project seems like the next logical step, does it not?