The Oral History Of Bad Meets Evil

Over a week long NYC stop-off on the Lyricist Lounge Tour, Eminem, and Royce made history recording their now classic Bad Meets Evil single. Complex caught up with the duo, as well as all the behind-the-scenes players to sort out the sorted history of their murderous 12".

In 1998, two lyrical gunslingers set the underground on fire when they released the vinyl single "Nuttin' to Do" b/w "Scary Movies." At the time, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9” were both up-and-comers in the vibrant Detroit hip-hop scene, two renegades who had formed a friendship and were known as Bad Meets Evil. While Eminem may be one of the best selling rappers ever, longtime Slim Shady fans are well aware of his classic underground collaborations with Nickel Nine.

However, few know how it all came to be. Like how Em first met Royce, what their writing process was like, or how Jonathan Shecter (one of the founders of The Source) and our Editor-In-Chief, Noah Callahan-Bever, had a lot to do with the making of the record. That’s why we got down with Em, Royce, Shecter, and the producer of both songs, Reef, to find out what happened when Bad met Evil...

As told to Noah Callahan-Bever (@N_C_B) & Toshitaka Kondo (@ToshitakaKondo).

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