Image Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesLast night (June 7) “No Love,” a song from Eminem‘s forthcoming Recovery set, leaked online. It features incarcerated rhymer Lil Wayne. Both spit venomous rhymes. I’ll get to those in a bit. More surprising is the beat their vocals are tracked to. Somehow producer Just Blaze transformed Haddaway’s 1993 pop dance track “What is Love” into a menacing cut with kicking bass. The obvious sample doesn’t seem like it required too much effort from Blaze and isn’t one of his best offerings. In his defense, Eminem isn’t the type to select beats like T.I.’s “Live Your Life” or Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got,” some of Blaze’s biggest records to date. He seems to prefer simpler, more open records to make sure his words are highlighted. Em’s no stranger to sampling. Back in 2000 producer Mark the 45 King gave him one of his biggest hits yet, “Stan.” The Dido-sampling track about an overzealous fan was a quaint record that allowed Eminem to tell his eerie story.
On “No Love,” Wayne and Em choose to go the aggressive route. Each takes a turn letting out their anger with intricate lyrics, making up for the lackluster beat. Referring to his jail sentence in the first verse, Wayne asks “Okay, you want me up in a cage? Then I’ll come out in beast mode.” Eminem comes in after rapping about how all his so-called peers need to be yanked off the stage. “Where the f— is Kanye when you need him,” he quips. “Snatch the mic from them. I’m gonna let you finish in a minute. Yeah, that verse was tight. But I’m trying to spit the greatest verse of all time.”
Have you heard “No Love” yet? What do you think of it? Does the beat serve its purpose? Or is it just boring? Let us know.
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