The Oral History Of Bad Meets Evil

"Scary Movies"

Produced by: Reef

Eminem: “I don’t really remember who came up with the concept. I think it just came up when we were writing the chorus, ‘cause we were just rhyming in the verses. I think we came up with it together.”

Royce da 5’9”: “I haven’t performed ‘Scary Movies’ in about eight or nine years. And I haven’t heard the song in a long time. I don’t really memorize or listen to any of my old stuff. I’m always focused on doing new music. Music is old to me real quick. Same way with Em. We each came up with one line for the hook. How did it go?”

Eminem: “I think I might have went, ‘Y’all want drama? You want to make a scary movie?’ And I think he had, ‘Rappers coming in with they teams and carry tooleys.’ I think whatever I said, I thought of. And whatever he said, he thought of.”

Royce da 5’9”: “But then we both ended up saying the same thing, so that’s where it gets confusing. Whatever sounded more bad, I said. Whatever sounded more evil, he said.”

 

I remember one of those first days in the studio, Eminem went out and blew a lot of money on Nike shit. He went straight to Niketown and started spending money. I just remember him coming in with all these boxes of Nike sneakers and clothes, like, ‘Holy shit!’ —Jon Shecter

 

Reef: “They had studio time and I had my MPC there and a bunch of discs and that was the one I think initially Jon had liked and they said, ‘Ok, we’ll rock off this one.’ It was Unique studio which is no longer in existence, on 47th right off of Broadway where the Sbarro’s is at. Unique was obviously a place where everybody worked out of at at least one point in their careers because it was a good quality studio, but at the time you could get some good rates in there and this wasn’t a big budget production by any means.

“I went in there with zero expectations of what was going to happen because I only knew Em at that point from Shec playing me his music and I didn’t know who Royce was at all. The ‘Scary Movies’ beat was the first that they picked and that was the initial one that got recorded. It was a sample of an orchestra in...my house. [Laughs.]

“The beat was up and Royce and Em kinda huddled together and played the beat over and over and the two of them were in their little space zoning out and starting verses and seeing what each one was coming up with and it kind of took off from there.

“I think the weird part about how it ended up was ‘Scary Movies’ was the B-side and I remember Shec really loving ‘Nuttin’ To Do’ because it had a song structure. It wasn’t just verses without a chorus. It had a little bit more of a structured chorus to it so he thought that was the record that people might gravitate more towards. But obviously the record that people gravitated more towards was ‘Scary Movies.’”

Jonathan Shecter (Founder Of Game Records): “I remember one of those first days in the studio, Eminem went out and blew a lot of money on Nike shit. He went straight to Niketown and started spending money. I just remember him coming in with all these boxes of Nike sneakers and clothes, like, ‘Holy shit!’ He kind of just went off at Nike.”

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