Eminem and Royce Da 5'9″ Release New Song, 'Living Proof' - Rolling Stone
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Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ Release New Song, ‘Living Proof’

Track is duo’s first song together after years of estrangement

After years of estrangement and a gradual reconciliation, Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ are collaborating again: A new track called “Living Proof” was released online Monday. The two formed the duo Bad Meets Evil in the late 1990s and recorded several tracks together; Royce appears on a song called “Bad Meets Evil” on Em’s 1999 debut, The Slim Shady LP. But in 2003 a long feud began between Royce and Em’s camp after Royce fell out with members of D12, resulting in several verbal attacks from both sides.

However, a reconciliation began in the wake of D12 member Proof’s shooting death in 2006 — the new song’s title is clearly a reference to him — and has progressed gradually ever since: Em and Royce were photographed together in Paris earlier this year.

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“I think after we lost Proof we realized how stupid this beef shit is,” Eminem said during an interview on his Sirius Shade 45 radio show earlier this year. “It was a serious wake-up call, man, and realizing that life’s short. It feels good to be back in touch with the homie. When I rhyme with Royce, I always gotta step it up because Royce is fucking ill.”

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On “Living Proof,” after saying “Bad and Evil is back,” Royce’s first verse seems to be about his relationship with Em: “Once again where I fail from blundering/_Shady lifted his wing, then I fell from under it/_Now I’m freefallin’/_My career is gone and the weed callin’/ Regardless of who’s fault I was b-ballin’/_God bubble-wrapped me and dropped me on top of the Earth/_Marshall double-backed and got me from on top of the hearse/_I’m alive, n—a … The writing’s on the wall since n—as seen me at the baseball game with Shady and Jay-Z/_Suddenly everybody calls_like, ‘I’m just checking on you, dog.’ “

Em’s verses feature his familiar combination of self-deprecation and self-aggrandizement, but his first two lines might be in response to Royce’s: “Your body language is sayin’ your confidence is gone/_Well pick ya ass up, lil homie, come on.”

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