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Bad Meets Evil

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Bad Meets Evil
Bad Meets Evil consists of the rappers Royce da 5'9" (left) and Eminem (right).
Bad Meets Evil consists of the rappers Royce da 5'9" (left) and Eminem (right).
Background information
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active
  • 1998–2002
  • 2010–present

Bad Meets Evil is an American hip hop duo composed of Detroit-based rappers Royce da 5'9" (Bad) and Eminem (Evil). Bad Meets Evil was formed in 1998, thanks to the duo's mutual friend, Proof. Their discography consists of one extended play (EP) and four singles. In 1999, the duo released a double non-album single, "Nuttin' to Do" and "Scary Movies"; the former peaked at 36 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, while the latter peaked at 63 on the UK Singles Chart and was featured on the soundtrack of the 2000 horror comedy parody film Scary Movie.

The duo broke up after a feud between Royce and the members of Eminem's group D12. The feud ended when Proof, a D12 member and Eminem's best friend, as well as a friend of Royce's, was killed in April 2006. After Royce's super-group Slaughterhouse signed to the Eminem-founded record label Shady Records, a reunion of Bad Meets Evil followed with the extended play Hell: The Sequel (2011), which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The album is now eligible for platinum certification in US. The EP's lead single "Fast Lane" peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the second single "Lighters", featuring Bruno Mars, peaked at number four on the same chart. The duo returned in 2014 for the 15-year anniversary album of Shady Records, Shady XV, for "Vegas", and again in 2015 to record two tracks for the boxing film Southpaw, titled "All I Think About" and "Raw". The duo have recently reunited for the song "Not Alike" on Eminem's album Kamikaze (2018). Eminem was also featured on Royce's song "Caterpillar" on his album Book of Ryan (2018). Most recently Royce featured on Eminem's album Music To Be Murdered By (2020) with three songs, "You Gon' Learn", "Yah Yah" and "I Will". Eminem also confirms on this album that the duo are still active ("pack heat, but it's black ink Evil half of the Bad Meets Evil, that means take a back seat").

Music career

Official Bad Meets Evil logo
Official Bad Meets Evil logo

Foundation and break up

Eminem met Royce da 5'9" in 1997 when Royce was opening for entertainer Usher at the Palladium.[2] Eminem and Royce da 5'9", became quick friends before Eminem's rise to fame, and collaborated on the track which led to the duo's foundation, "Bad Meets Evil", for Eminem's 1999 major label debut The Slim Shady LP. The duo's first work, a 1999 double-single, which was originally recorded in 1998, consisting of "Nuttin' to Do" and "Scary Movies", achieved respectable chart success, peaking at 36 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, while the latter peaked at 63 on the UK Singles Chart. A year later, the song "Scary Movies" was featured on the soundtrack of the horror comedy parody film Scary Movie.[3]

"Renegade" was originally a song featuring Eminem recorded for Royce's first studio debut album Rock City (2002), but Royce's verses were later replaced with Jay-Z's for his 2001 album The Blueprint. Jay-Z contacted Eminem for a collaboration and beat while the song was being made. Limited in time for production, Eminem sent Jay-Z the beat for "Renegade" with approval from Royce. However, Eminem was still featured on Royce's Rock City album, on the title track.

Dr. Dre heard one of Royce's mix tapes through Eminem, deciding to sign him to Aftermath Entertainment. Eminem secured him a ghostwriting position on Dre's second studio album, 2001. After his manager Kino stated: "I've seen Em sit Dre down like a pupil and coach him on rhymes" on a phone interview, Dr. Dre requested that Royce cut ties with his manager. Royce refused to fire his manager, thus his relationship with Dre ended.

After Royce turned down Eminem's offer to join his Anger Management Tour as a hype man, Proof, member of Eminem's band D12 and his best friend, also a good friend of Royce's, took the place. Later, Royce wanted to continue working with Eminem, who was busy working with D12, which led Royce to believe that D12 was "souring" his relationship with Eminem. A feud with a series of diss tracks followed, resulting in the duo's break up.


In late 2003, D12's Proof confronted Royce outside a club in Detroit. Violence erupted between the rappers' entourage, leading to the police being called, and Proof and Royce's arrest. The two were detained overnight in adjacent cells where they talked out their differences and ended the feud. Royce and Eminem reconciled after Proof's death in April 2006.[4] Eminem said: "I think after we lost Proof, we realized how stupid this beef shit is."[4][5]

In 2011, Royce's rap group Slaughterhouse signed to Eminem's founded label Shady Records.[6] This led to a reunion of Bad Meets Evil with the debut extended play Hell: The Sequel, released on June 14, 2011 after 11 years of inactivity in the group.[7] A chart success, it peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

"Fast Lane" was released on May 3, 2011 as the lead single.[8] It was recorded by Mike Strange at Effigy Studios (Ferndale, Michigan). Recorded a few months before its release, the song was written by Eminem, Royce da 5'9" and Sly "Pyper" Jordan, who also sings the chorus to the song with additional vocals from Denaun Porter. Eminem requested that Sly perform the chorus, after hearing Dr. Dre's hit single "Kush".[9] Supa Dups and Jason "JG" Gilbert produced the song; Eminem and Mike Strange mixed the song. JG and Supa Dups also sample their own vocals. According to Supa Dups, he was asked to make a beat with JG, without knowing it was for Bad Meets Evil. He said that "[They] didn't even have Eminem in mind [when they made the beat]." According to this interview with Mixtape Daily, Supa Dups had little knowledge about the project, but simply submitted the beat to Eminem. Months after recording the song, on April 28, 2011, when it leaked onto the Internet, Supa Dups was impressed by the finished version, lyrically, and was proud to have participated in the project. The song peaked at number 34 on the Hot 100 chart.

The second single, "Lighters", was originally intended to be featured on Royce's fifth studio album, Success Is Certain,[10] but the single itself had ended up on Hell: The Sequel. It was produced solely by Rochester, New York producer Battle Roy. After Royce had presented the track to Eminem, he was inspired to write and record the first verse, prompting Royce to write his the day afterwards.[10] Bad Meets Evil then flew to Los Angeles, where R&B and pop singer Bruno Mars heard the song. Eminem and Mars then made minor changes to the musical arrangement.[10] The song was recorded at Effigy Studios by Strange, Isolation Studios by Asar and Levcon Studios (Los Angeles, California) by Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons, a music production and songwriting group consisting of Philip Lawrence and Mars. Eminem, The Smeezingtons and Battle Roy produced the song. Battle Roy and Joe Strange also engineered the song. Luis Resto provided additional keyboards for the song. On May 25, 2011, when the track listing of Hell: The Sequel was announced, "Lighters" was revealed to the public to feature Mars.[11] "Lighters" hit contemporary hit radio on July 5, 2011 as the second single from the EP.[12] "Lighters" performed better on the charts than "Fast Lane", peaking at number four on the Hot 100 chart.

Bad Meets Evil released a new song, entitled "Vegas", for the compilation album Shady XV, which was released on November 24, 2014 through Shady Records.

In 2015, two new Bad Meets Evil songs were released. The two songs, "All I Think About" and "Raw" appear on the Southpaw Soundtrack, produced by Shady Records.

Hell: The Sequel was certified Gold by RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies in the US.

In 2018, two Bad Meets Evil songs were released "Caterpillar" which featured Eminem off Royce's Book of Ryan album and "Not Alike" which featured Royce off Eminem's "Kamikaze" album.

In 2020, Royce da 5'9" got featured off Eminem's "Music to Be Murdered By" in three songs, which are You Gon' Learn, Yah Yah, and I Will (which also featured two former member of Slaughterhouse, Joell Ortiz and KXNG Crooked).


Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US Rap
Hell: The Sequel 1 1 1 3 1 20 15 14 5 7


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Nuttin' to Do" 1999 32 182 Non-album singles
"Scary Movies" 63
"Fast Lane" 2011 32 57 50 35 66 Hell: The Sequel
(featuring Bruno Mars)
4 34 6 17 4 26 11 2 10 10
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Fast Lane" 2011 James Larese[36]
"Lighters" (featuring Bruno Mars) Rich Lee[37]

See also


  1. ^ Interscope Records - Artists
  2. ^ "50 Things You Didn't Know About EminemHe met Royce Da 5'9 in 1997 when Royce was opening for Usher at the Palladium". Complex. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Scary Movie". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Samuel, S. (June 24, 2010). "Eminem Speaks On Burying Royce Da 5'9 Dispute, "We Realized How Stupid This Beef Sh*t Is". SOHH. 4Control Media. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Callahan-Bever, Noah; Kondo, Toshitaka (June 13, 2011). "The Oral History of Bad Meets Evil". Complex. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  6. ^ "Eminem Signs Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf To Shady Records". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. January 12, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Grischow, Chad (May 3, 2011). "Eminem And Royce Da 5'9" Reuinte [sic] As Bad Meets Evil". IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 9, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  8. ^ Bad Meets Evil: Releases, Interscope Records, archived from the original on September 29, 2012
  9. ^ Markman, Rob (June 14, 2011). "Bad Meets Evil Hookman Was 'Starstruck' By Eminem And Royce". MTV News. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  10. ^ a b c Fox, Luke (June 20, 2011). "Royce Da 5'9" Talks Bad Meets Evil, Explains How the Bruno Mars-Equipped "Lighters" Got Lit". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  11. ^ "Eminem And Royce Da 5'9"'s Bad Meets Evil Tracklist Revealed". MTV News (MTV Networks). May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  12. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011.
  13. ^ "Bad Meets Evil Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  14. ^ "Bad Meets Evil Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
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  17. ^ "Bad Meets Evil Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  18. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Bad Meets Evil / Longplay". (in German). Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
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  21. ^ a b "Discographie Bad Meets Evil". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  22. ^ "Bad Meets Evil" (select "Albums" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  23. ^ "Hell: The Sequel". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  24. ^ a b c "Gold & Platinum: Bad Meets Evil". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
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  28. ^ "Bad Meets Evil Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  29. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the Hot Rap Singles and Hot Rap Songs charts in the United States:
  30. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the singles charts in Australia:
  31. ^ "Bad Meets Evil Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  32. ^ " Bad Meets Evil (Single)". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  33. ^ Peak positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  35. ^ "Top 40 Singles Chart: Chart #1786 (Monday 15 August 2011)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  36. ^ "Eminem". Vevo. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  37. ^ "Lighters | Bad Meets Evil | Music Video". MTV. Viacom Media Networks. August 22, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
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