2014, just like 2013, continues to be the year of Pharrell. And Beyoncé.
It was going to be a history-making show from the second it was scheduled, as Eminem’s July 11 show at Wembley Stadium was the first time ever that a rapper headlined the historic venue.
The first thing you should think of when you hear Eminem and Busta Rhymes’ new track, “Calm Down,” is House of Pain; or perhaps “Harlem Shuffle”; the song is built on the original’s horn intro used prominently in House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” and before the end, the guys are yelling “Jump Around” in honor of the ’90s hip-hop group.
Eminem’s last album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, was both lauded and critiqued for the rapper’s penchant for going hard on the rhymes and lean on the hooks, featuring the Detroit native performing lightning-quick, sometimes mind-boggling raps that proved his ability as one of the best in the game.
A snippet of the song plays underneath intense scenes from the movie, which finds Washington playing a man who inadvertently takes on the Russian mafia.
From performances to winners to presenters, I’m sure it’s going to be a show that is talked about for days after the event.
Released today, the clip gives more of a visual peek into the two’s rocky relationship, complementing the story that had already been told in the song itself.
Early last month, Eminem let it be known via Instagram that none other than Spike Lee would be handling directing duties for his next music video, “Headlights.” Lee flew out to the rapper’s hometown of Detroit to captured authentic images for the clip.
Eminem has taken to using his Instagram as a means to announce major shows. First there was his rumored spot at the Austin City Limits Music Festival that stemmed from a post last month, and now, the rapper is repping an upcoming show in one of England’s most hallowed arenas.
Eminem is giving rappers all over the world one shot to seize everything they ever wanted with his new rap battle competition league, Total Slaughter, which will hold its first event this summer in New York City.