#21. Bad Meets Evil, Hell: The Sequel
Label: Shady Records/Interscope
Released: June 14
Em and Royce's renewed their friendship and then reconnected for a lethal lyrical assault over some great production from Em, Mr. Porter, Bangladesh, and others. Creatively, BME found Em and Royce sparring and sharpening their skills like dueling swordsmen, pushing each other lyrically.
Their storied history, shared experiences, and technical proficiency kept the project cohesive. And each rapper's understanding of mood and sequencing—as well as their willingness to reveal a more vulbnerable side—saved the album from becoming just a long collection of elite battle raps.