Eminem: “It’s a true story. Absolute true story from top to bottom.”
Royce da 5’9”: “Yeah, can’t you tell?”
Eminem: “That one came together more towards the end. I kind of felt like, and this is obviously after we decided that we should do an EP and put it out, we would still have fun with it when we’re not trying to make a hit record. I thought, ‘What does this sound like it’s missing?’ And I felt like maybe us telling a story. So I laid a verse. Royce came in, listened to it, wrote a verse, laid it. I’m not sure if I had a hook yet.”
Royce da 5’9”: “Yeah, the hook was on it when I got to the studio. See, what’ll happen is, he’ll get to the studio real early before I even wake up. By the time I get here everyday he’s already knocked out 500 sit ups, and laid verses to shit. [Laughs.] So I’ll just come in like, ‘Man..’”
Eminem: “500? More like 500,000! [Laughs.]”
Royce da 5’9”: “[Laughs.] My bad. So when I came in I was just like, ‘Man I ain’t get enough sleep for this shit.’ I looked at him like, ‘Man, I hate you.’ I went outside with my pad and just took my time. Wrote a verse, and then he said something about Paul using the word ‘dazzling’ with the back and forth shit that we do. So we felt like we should go back and forth on the third one.”
Eminem: “And then we were like, ‘Yo this should be how we squashed the beef. This is the reunion.’ Basically I just felt like we needed a story. I felt like that was the one thing the EP was missing.”
Royce da 5’9”: “He’s lying. What inspired him to do it was he always wanted to torture a girl with the Relapse CD. Always. He dreams about it and everything.”
Eminem: “That’s what it was.”
Royce da 5’9”: “You got really mad when she mentioned accents—”
Eminem: “Fuck that shit! [Laughs.]”
Royce da 5’9”: “When she snapped that Relapse CD, that was it.”
Eminem: “Yeah. That was a breaking point.”
Royce da 5’9”: “That’s when it got real.”
Eminem: “I just, I wake up in the morning, man...and I live this crazy life. [Laughs.] This crazy life...that exists...in my head. Like, this is the life that I live. Right here. In my head. I didn’t plan on the story going that way. When you’re writing you don’t plan.
“I don’t know if other artists do, but I just kind of go where the pen takes me like, ‘What if this happened?,’ as I’m writing it. Like, ‘Where can this lead me to?’ So I just go where the pen takes me. Especially on story raps, when I’m telling a story. I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Once I saw where he was going and he had the idea of ‘What if I was at a club? Then he’d be at a club, and I’m on my way to a white trash party,’ and that’s how we met.”
Bravo of Sid Roams: “Alchemist has done a lot for putting our name out there. We gotta lend a lot of credit to him for having mentioned us to important, strong people. [That’s how] we met up with Riggs Morales—who works over at Shady—like five years ago. Riggs took a real liking to us, but at the time it wasn’t like there was anything in the catalog that really matched our sounds.
“But he remembered our name and ambiguously said, ‘Yo, there are some projects we’re working on that are really exciting. We need a new batch.’ But there were no specifics attached to that. [Laughs.] We were like, ‘Alright. Glad you remembered us.’
"The next thing we heard was, ‘Your beat has been picked, we just want to do some preliminary stuff. Just want to make sure we can hold this.’ We were like, ‘Hell yeah. We’ve been wanting to work with the whole Shady roster for a long time.’”
Joey Chavez of Sid Roams: “When we made the beat, we used this program called Reason. One of its great features is that you can stack synthesizers and different synth patches to create your own textures and that can be the impetus for a beat. Then the drums and everything were actually built on an MPC 2500 and we just kind of complimented Reason with that. The inspiration has been watching guys like DJ Khalil doing stuff with Reason that we could never do with MPCs before.
“That being said, Em and Luis Resto added some stuff on top of it to compliment what was already there and beef it up. It’s definitely a collaborative piece no matter how you look at it. And then the mixing, anyone who knows production and beats, knows that in the mix a lot of sweetening can happen and that really makes it radio-ready and audience-ready.
“There was a lot of music that was made in respects to this album and the stuff that rose to the top is the cream of the crop. A lot of people are like, ‘Sid Roams is on there?’ [Laughs.] I’ve been reading a lot of people’s comments around the Internet and a lot of people are pleasantly surprised by that too.
“I see [guys like Em and 50] reaching out to unlikely underground producers and making great music out of that. They’re not just saying, ‘I only mess with people with this particular bandwidth.’ They’re listening to everything. I mean, these are savvy businessmen and hip-hop heads. I really respect it when I see their ability to hear the potential in what’s around them and not miss it for any egotistical or close-minded reasons.”