On this day, exactly 6 years ago (June 14, 2011), Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ released Hell: The Sequel EP as a duo Bad Meets Evil. The EP focuses on hardcore hip hop and midwest hip hop. The album features production from Mr. Porter, Havoc, Bangladesh, The Smeezingtons, Supa Dups and Sid Roams. Bruno Mars, Slaughterhouse and Mike Epps appear as guest artists.
The album debuted at #1 on Billboard 200 and is certified gold in US. To celebrate the six years anniversary of the album, we have listed 12 things that you might now know about the EP. Check it below:
1. Producer Havoc sent the beat of “Welcome 2 Hell” to Eminem for Relapse but Eminem decided to use it for Recovery. Then again, Em changed his mind and let Royce spit on the beat for Hell: The Sequel.
2. Eminem wrote the hook of “Fast Lane,” but he didn’t want to sing it. They let Sly Jordan, one of Dr. Dre’s artists, to sing it and Em was impressed with Sly’s melody and delivery.
3. Producer Supa Dups sent the beat of “Fast Lane” to 50 Cent and couple of other artists but nobody picked it up. Eminem was so impressed with the beat so he decided to make it as a first single.
4. Eminem said that the story in “The Reunion” is absolutely true story from top to bottom.
5. Songs “The Reunion” and “A Kiss” were made at the last minute and replaced “Echo” and “Living Proof” because they were leaked before the release, finally ended up in bonus tracks.
6. When Eminem heard Royce’s verse on “Above The Law,” Eminem changed his verse cause his verse was kind of funny compared to Royce’s harder verse that didn’t match.
7. “I’m On Everything” was the first song Eminem and Royce made for the album. Originally Mr. Porter made the beat for Royce’s album but Royce wanted to bring back some vintage Slim Shady and rap about drugs.
8. It was Royce’s idea originally to put Bruno Mars on the hook of “Lighters.”
9. “Take From Me” is Mr. Porter’s favorite song on the album.
10. Eminem wanted the last song on the album to be with Slaughterhouse to get people warmer to them, to hear what was coming in the near future.
11. “Living Proof” was originally for Royce’s album. Royce always gets Em’s opinion on everything that he does. So he played it for Em, Em liked it, decided to jump on it and eventually ended up in Hell: The Sequel.
12. Eminem wanted to do another song with T.I. and “Echo” was one of the ideas that he’d wanted to present to him. But T.I. wanted to do “All She Wrote” for his album. Eventually Eminem remade it for him and Royce.