While Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ have raised considerable excitement with their reunion and the subsequent announcement of their upcoming EP, Hell: The Sequel, there has also been a collaborator noticeably absent from the project: Dr. Dre.
Shady and Royce sat down with MTV’s “RapFix Live” to discuss Dre’s absence. “I think Dre is, like, really cracking down on getting Detox finished, so I think he’s more so focused on that,” said Eminem.
“I really didn’t say anything to Dre till kinda like the last minute. We didn’t really say anything to anybody about what was going on because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with it,” continued Em. “It wasn’t like I said, ‘Yo, Dre, can we get a beat for this project that we’re workin’ on?’ Because it wasn’t really necessarily a project yet.”
Royce added that the duo didn’t really reach out to any producers in particular – that they were “just cuttin’ random.” The album features production from Havoc, Sid Roams, Bangladesh, Mr. Porter, DJ Khalil and Supa Dups.
Eminem and Dre’s collaborative history is well-documented, but Royce has worked with the renowned beatsmith as well, writing “The Message” for Dre’s 2001. He was also featured on “The Way I Be Pimpin’,” an early version of the song that would later become “Xxplosive.”
Watch the interview below: