Eminem, Jay-Z And 50 Cent Guest On Dr. Dre’s “Syllables”

Yesterday Twitter was aflutter with the possibility of an all-star collab called “Syllables”, featuring Eminem, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Voila! Less than a day later the track dropped on the net. Word is that this is an older track (Vulture suspects it’s pre-Recovery at a minimum), so it’s unlikely to make Dr. Dre’s forthcoming Detox. But it’s a rare collabo, and it’s chock of biting lines about the sorry state of songwriting.

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“If we have to dumb down our style and ABC it then so be it / Because these days these kids, jeez, they don’t give a shit about lyrics, just want to hear a beat and that’s it,” opens Eminem on the minimalist track with a steady drum beat. “All we know is the chorus because the chorus repeats the same four words for us.”

The track seems to be a statement on terribly written songs with inane lyrics clouding the Top 40 nowadays. Even the chorus “Shorty, I love you, will you love me, too” is a sarcastic nod to how watered down and lame the lyrics to many pop songs are. (We won’t name names, but we have a few guesses.)

Although we get what Em & Co are saying… is it so wrong to like a fresh beat to move to? Dare we say this one could use a more exciting one.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

  • http://digitalcut.com.au woods

    i think the song is amazing. sums up the top 40 perfectly, hey

  • wyrfxrssn

    You don’t need a hot beat for a song to be good. Somehow the writer didn’t get it. If anything, a hot beat would probably detract from the message of the song because hey guess what girls would be shaking their asses to it in da club ignoring the lyrics like wildfire.

    • Becky Bain

      I understood what they were saying – good lyrics are hard to come by nowadays. Actually SAYING something in a song isn’t the norm anymore. And yet a song is a song, and the most important thing about it (for me, and I’m guessing most people) is the music. And the beat Eminem, Jay and the rest were rapping over wasn’t really pulling me in.

  • Jamie

    To Becky,

    The way I see it is instead of inspiring people to sit behind a computer and click buttons until cool sounds come out, this song aims at inspiring people to use their ideas in words and to move the soul poetically. Not to say that it doesn’t take talent to put a wicked beat together, but these people on the Syllables track are huuuuuge hip hop icons who made their careers on words. They could have had monkeys in the background banging pots and pans to make a beat, but the people… the fans who listen to them are hanging off the words and the clever metaphors and their twist on the english language to pull them out of the monotonous “day to day” boringness of things. Before anyone comments negatively towards this song they had better understand the real meaning and true feeling behind the art of hip hop.


    • Becky Bain

      Jamie, I’m not blasting the song. I think Eminem and Jay-Z are witty lyricists, and “Syllables” is pretty smart. But people are allowed to have a less-than-shining opinion of a song for all sorts of different reasons, whether they understand everything there is to know about hip-hop or not. The track’s didn’t hit me as much as I assumed it did for you, or for others – neither of us is wrong. But that’s okay.

  • Jamie

    All apologies, I didn’t mean to make you think I was taking a shot at you Becky. It’s just an opinion, nothing personal.

  • Jamie

    Also, check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkPOETq6C_4&feature=related

    Give these songs some time to grow on you.