On this day, exactly 7 years ago (June 14, 2011), Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ released Hell: The Sequel EP, featuring Bruno Mars, Slaughterhouse, Mike Epps, Sly Jordan and Liz Rodriguez. The production was mainly handled by Mr. Porter.
Royce Da 5’9″ originally reached out to Eminem to do a hook of Royce’s “Writer’s Block”, but the two ended up hitting studio frequently and finally dropped 12-tracked EP.
Hell: The Sequel received generally positive reviews from the critics. They mainly praised Royce and Eminem’s competitive rapping skills and lyrical content. At Metacritic, the EP has 72 point out of 100, which means “generally favorable reviews.”
The EP debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Albums chart with sales of 171,000 copies. It was certified gold by the RIAA for shipping over 500,000 copies in USA. Hell: The Sequel also debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 21,000 copies in its first week which made Eminem the first artist in five years to have two number one albums in a 12-month period: Hell: The Sequel and Recovery.
The album is also certified gold in Australia (+50,000) and the United Kingdom (+120,000). Reportedly, the worldwide sales stands at almost 4 million.
The album produced two singles: “Fast Lane,” featuring Sly Jordan as a lead single which debuted at #32 on Billboard Hot 100 and “Lighters,” featuring Bruno Mars as a second single which peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard Rhythmic Song and is now certified double platinum in US.