Eminem And Lil Wayne Show “No Love” For The Competiton In New Track
After seeing the over-the-top “Not Afraid” video, we can’t imagine there’s anyone left who doubts that Eminem will use Recovery to return to sort of sweeping wide-screen productions he perfected in the early 2000s. But if there is, Em’s new track with Lil Wayne, “No Love”, will make his ambitions clear: he’s reaching for the crown here. (That is, if you believe he ever really lost it). We won’t spoil the surprise of the sample used on the track, but we think it’s safe to say Marshall wouldn’t use it if he didn’t have an epic verse to match. Bonus: it was about time someone used “I’mma let you finish” in a song. Listen below.
[wpaudio url=”//idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Eminem-Lil-Wayne-No-Love.mp3″ text=”Eminem ft. Lil Wayne – No Love” dl=”0″] Yes, the sample is so over-the-top you’d think this was a J.R. Rotem track. But credit Just Blaze for his judicious use of Alexander Haddaway’s unmistakable vocal. And this track has a certain pop bounce that “Won’t Back Down” just lacks, guest vocal by Pink notwithstanding. (And credit Em and Wayne themselves for two phenomenal verses. We can only co-sign Prefix’s review, which points out how good you have to be to make us forget you’re rapping over an instantly recognizable song.)
The message he delivers is indeed powerful: the Detroit rapper makes clear he believes he’s an underdog again, perhaps because — by his own acknowledgement in “Not Afraid” — his previous album, Relapse, “was ehh”. As he says: “I ain’t never giving in again / Caution to the wind / Complete freedom / Look at these rappers, how I treat ’em / So why the fuck would I join ’em, when I beat ’em?” He spits one extended verse that removes all doubt — he’s ready to compete.
Will fans embrace Eminem’s return to wide-eyed fury? Or is his angry flow likely to backfire?