“A Kiss”

Produced by: Bangladesh

Royce da 5’9”: “I was on the fence with using this beat at first. Em was like, ‘Lets just take a stab at it.’ Once the vocals got on there the beat went from 10 to 20, for me. I guess it was one of those beats I just needed to hear vocals on. I didn’t dislike the beat. I just felt like if it was going to be a producer of the caliber of Bangladesh, let’s get one of those thumpers that he be giving people, and it ended up being that.”

Eminem: “Yeah. That was one where I felt like we could do some more back and forth shit. I asked Paul on one phone conversation, ‘What do you think the EP is missing if me and Royce go back in and do a couple more joints?’ And he said, ‘Well, there’s some moments on the EP that are dazzling when you guys do the back and forth.’ That kind of stuck with me a little bit and I was like, ‘Why don’t we do some more back and forth shit?’”

“Also, at one point we were talking about putting ‘Echo’ and ‘Living Proof’ on the record, and in a way I felt like the kids that we might reach are hip-hop heads that stay on the Internet and probably already heard those songs because of the leaks.

“They are great records that both of us believed in then, and do still now, but do we want to make the fans feel like they got ripped off? It was like, ‘Why don’t we just go back in and make two new songs, and maybe we’ll use [‘Echo’ and ‘Living Proof’] as bonus tracks or something.’ So we went in and did ‘The Reunion’ at the last minute and ‘A Kiss.’”

Royce da 5’9”: “Plus he got to use the word truculent.”

Eminem: “I like that word, and it fit.”

Royce da 5’9”: “It was one of those thing where I had to ask, ‘What did you say?’ He said it so fast. I was like, ‘What am I going to rhyme with truculent? Thanks again Em.’”

Bangladesh: “[I got involved with the project] through mutual people in the industry that had a couple of beats of mine and I guess they gave them to Em’s people and I heard Em was already looking for some beats from me because of ‘A Mili’ and ‘6 Foot 7 Foot.’ They called me and said that they were fucking with that beat and that Em wants it.

“That ain’t no sample [on the beat], it’s an original. [The girl on the hook is] just a random chick. [Laughs.] It’s nothing that serious. The vocal in the song is really just a sound in the beat. It’s not really about the girl.”