Billboard recently caught up with Mr. Porter (a/k/a Denaun Porter) to discuss his contributions to Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″‘s acclaimed collaborative EP Hell: The Sequel. During the interview, Porter revealed that Bad Meets Evil’s reunion EP isn’t the only Shady/Aftermath project to which he’s contributed beats. The Detroit producer revealed that he has two tracks featured on Dr. Dre’s long awaited Detox. Porter discussed what it was like to produce for such a HIp Hop icon and why he’s willing to wait for as long as it takes to hear Dre’s third solo LP.
“[My two songs are] really different,” he explained. “I didn’t want to do what everybody else was doing and…send him a weed-smoking song. Dre’s like a big brother to me, so I know what to approach him with, and the songs we did for him are totally different.”
Porter added, “I don’t care when it comes out, really. It doesn’t matter to me if it ever comes out. I understand the pressure he’s got on him, everybody asking for it. He’s just real particular about songs. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. He can do whatever he wants.”
Denaun Porter also discussed what it was like to work with the newly reunited Em and Royce. He said that it was very satisfying to see the two emcees to reconnect on such a project. He even added that he was stunned by how Eminem was able to jump back in to the violent, drug-addled mind of is alter ego Slim Shady without compromising his sobriety.
“I believe for those two guys it was a lot of, ‘Man, I wish we could’ve done this a long time ago. I wish this would’ve happened back then,'” he noted. “For them I felt like it was a really gratifying experience…I had this feeling that Em would be right on it, but we were thinking about how Em could talk about being on drugs and everything being that he wasn’t in that place anymore. But it turned out crazy. He wound up jumping right back into that character, and that showed how clear-minded he is, to be able to remember what to say and how to say it when it came to that concept.”