5 Shady Facts About Eminem’s ‘Southpaw’ Soundtrack

 

Shady’s back, back again. Just when you were starting to outgrow Shady XV and the Marshall Mathers LP 2, up pops Eminem with his soundtrack for the new boxing movie, “Southpaw.” In theaters now, the gritty flick stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a left-handed underdog fighting for custody of his young daughter. Rachel McAdams plays his wife and 50 Cent and Rita Ora also make appearances. But what about the rhymes?

The soundtrack stars a lineup of pop, hip hop and R&B stars including Fitty, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, PRhyme Ft. Logic, Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked, Royce Da 5’9″, Tech N9ne, Gwen Stefani, The Weeknd and, of course, Shady himself. But here are 5 wack facts you may not know about the project …

1. He wanted it to be like “The Breakfast Club”? Talking about the album, executive producer Eminem told The New York Times, “We wanted to make sure that the songs would remind you of the movie years down the road. When you think of ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me),’ you think of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ When you think of ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ you think of ‘Rocky.'”

2. Em performs four new songs on the soundtrack (See track list at bottom). You already know about the ferocious first single, “Phenomenal,” and, of course, “Kings Never Die” featuring Gwen Stefani, but did you know Slim’s part of Bad Meets Evil too? That’s his collaboration with Royce Da 5’9″. Those songs include: “Raw” and “All I Think About.”

3. The clock’s run out, time’s up, over, bloah! Collaborator Gwen Stefani nearly choked like Rabbit on the “Kings Never Die” recording. “I’ve always wanted to work with [Eminem] — he’s a genius,” she tells EW.com, “and then all of a sudden they called me and said, ‘It has to be done today’ and I was like, ‘Ah, my voice’ — I had a cough or something. It was like, ‘God, why does today have to be the day my voice is not happening?’ But it ended up turning out good.” Did it? Listen below and judge for yourself.

 

4. In real life, Eminem’s also a lefty. In “Phenomenal,” Slim raps about his own left-handed tendencies, saying, “I write with the left, same hand I hold the mic with.” (Love rhymes? Instantly see lyrics to all your favorite rap songs with the MyMusicCloud Lyrics function.)

 

5. Will the real Southpaw please stand up, please stand up? Jake’s starring role as “Southpaw”‘s downtrodden boxer was originally written for Em, but he chose to finish and promote his album Marshall Mathers LP 2 instead, according to Business Insider. Before Jake prevailed, “Breaking Bad”‘s Aaron Paul, Travis Fimmel from “Vikings,” and Charlie Hunnam from “Sons of Anarchy” also came in to read for the part.

The “Southpaw” Soundtrack includes:

  1. Cry For Love (Part 1) – James Horner
  2. Kings Never Die – Eminem Ft. Gwen Stefani
  3. Beast (Southpaw Remix) – Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard Ft. Busta Rhymes, Kxng Crooked & Tech N9ne
  4. This Corner – Denaun Porter
  5. What About The Rest Of Us? – Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$ Ft. Rico Love
  6. Raw – Bad Meets Evil
  7. R.N.S. – Slaughterhouse
  8. Wicked Games – The Weeknd
  9. Think About – Bad Meets Evil
  10. Drama Never Ends – 50 Cent
  11. Mode – PRhyme Ft. Logic
  12. Notorious Thugs – The Notorious B.I.G. Ft. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
  13. Phenomenal – Eminem
  14. 14. Cry For Love (Part 2) – James Horner

 

New Summer Hip Hop Albums and Mixtapes

It’s time to download some new jams for your hoopty, and we’ve got the DL on this season’s most anticipated hip hop albums. Check out the latest releases from rappers like French Montana, The Game, Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Ty Dolla Sign, Waka Flocka and more in our rap and hip hop list below.

Dates may change at music label’s whims or due to unexpected leaks. On May 26th, A$AP Rocky tweeted that his new album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, is in stores now, a week before its June 2 release after it appeared on blogs and file-sharing sites.

https://twitter.com/asvpxrocky/status/603006834920816640

The Harlem MC and longtime Kanye West fan tapped Yeezy, Lil Wayne, Future, M.I.A., Miguel, ScHoolboy Q, Mos Def, and even Rod Stewart to collaborate on At.Long.Last.A$APLil’ Wayne also dropped his long-awaited “Free Weezy Album” (FWA) without warning on July 4th, featuring Young Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, Cory Gunz, Bibi Bourelly and more. (Available on Tidal)

May Hip Hop Albums

eMC, The Tonite Show, 5/5: More than “rappity rap,” the trio collabs with Xzibit and B Real and indulges in more of their trademark skits voiced by Rosie Perez, Tony Rock and Russell Peters.

Tech N9ne, Special Effects, 5/4; The speed rapper’s 24-track LP includes party starters like “Hood Go Crazy,” featuring 2 Chainz and B.o.B, plus previously released jams “Aw Yeah?” (interVENTion),” “Dyin’ Flyin’,” “Speedom” (featuring Eminem) and “Wither.”

French Montana, Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend (Mixtape), 5/7

Snoop Dogg, Bush, 5/12: The grand-dizzle of West Coast rap dabbles in funk and R&B with pals like Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar.

Dizzy Wright, The Growing Process, 5/26: The Vegas MC collabs with Big K.R.I.T., Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Krayzie Bone, and more.

Lil Boosie, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, 5/26

June Hip Hop Albums

Jamie xx, In Colour, 6/1: His remixes have been sampled by Drake (“Take Care”), and now London producer Jamie Smith releases his debut album with jungle MCs, raps by Young Thug, trance by Four Tet, and lots of dance hooks and break beats.

Major Lazer, Peace Is The Mission, 6/1

Riff Raff, Purple Panther 6/1

Waka Flocka, Flockaveli 2, 6/1

Lil Durk, Remember My Name, 6/2

Ty Dolla $ign, Free TC, 6/2; Includes upbeat collabs with DJ Dahi and EDM deity Diplo on “Stand For,” and pop cuties Tinashe and Charli XCX on “Drop That Kitty,” along with more songs with his homie DJ Mustard.

Denzel Curry, 32ZEL/PLANETSHROOMS, 6/9

Hudson Mohawke, Lantern, 6/15

Migos – YRN: Tha Album, 6/16

Trae Tha Truth – Tha Truth, 6/22

Pete Rock, Petestrumentals 2, 6/23

The Game, The Documentary 2, 6/30; Ten years after The Documentary, the Compton spitter is back with features from Kanye West, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, Meek Mill (“Soundtrack”) and Scott Storch.

Vince Staples, Summertime ’06 (Album), 6/30

The Best ‘Game of Thrones’ Song Remixes

Are you so excited about “Game of Thrones” that you just can’t hide it? You know HBO’s dragon-and-sword series has transcended fantasy-nerd status when Jimmy Fallon spoofs it, and the theme song is played by college marching bands and across major league baseball fields.

Last week marked the epic’s 5th season premiere, and, as usual, fans went wild for Westeros. So, if you’re still reeling from the medieval bombshells, or just looking for a crowd-pleasing playlist for your next “GoT” watching party, enjoy these entertaining “Game of Thrones” song remixes. (Bonus: Scroll to the bottom for Hodor’s personal electronic dance remix; his real-life passion is DJing.)

The “Game of Thrones” / Brady Bunch Remix

Country Western Style Song Remix

Ohio State Marching Band GoT Performance (with Cool Dragon Formations)

Super Mario Style GoT Opening

Pop Style with Eminem, Katy Perry and More Singalikes (Featuring “Monster,” “Roar,” “Demons,” & “Titanium” Parody)

Actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) DJs His EDM ReMix (from Penn State)

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25 Basketball Pump Up Songs for March Madness and Anytime

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When spring rolls around for college basketball fans, all you want your team to do is win, win, win, so we’ve hustled together this playlist of 25 banging basketball pump-up songs. Rihanna‘s tipping things off for the NCAA this championship season with her song “American Oxygen,” featured in the league’s commercials, but we’ve also got Drake, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco,  Jay-Z, Kernkraft 400, the Kongos, 50 Cent, Troop 41 and some Iggy and Beyonce – just to keep things interesting.

Whether you’re playing the brackets or practicing layups in the park, it’s always hoops time with these 25 Basketball Pump Up Songs …

 

1. Diddy / Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey – Coming Home
2. Kernkraft 400 — Sports Chant Stadium Remix
3. Avicii –Wake Me Up (ADE Techno Remix)
4. Juelz Santana – The Second Coming
5. Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
6. DJ Khaled feat. Ludacris, Rick Ross, T-Pain & Snoop Dogg – All I Do Is Win
7. Rihanna — American Oxygen
8. E-dubble — Changed My Mind
9. Akon featuring Steven Cooper — Bigger
10. Troop 41 – Do the John Wall
11. Iggy Azalea — Bounce
12. Kongos – Come with Me Now
13. Eminem – Berzerk
14. Kanye West [GOOD Music] feat. R. Kelly, Teyana Taylor — To the World
15. Meek Mill featuring Rick Ross – I’ma Boss
16. Kid Ink – Hell and Back
17. Beyonce – Baby Boy
18. Eminem featuring Yelawolf and Slaughter — Psychopath Killer
19. Young Money featuring Drake — Trophies
20. Lil Jon & DJ Snake — Turn Down for What
21. Jay-Z Featuring Rihanna, Kanye West – Run This Town
22. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
23. 50 Cent & Snoop Dogg – I’m a Pimp
24. Jay-Z — Public Service Announcement
25. Destiny’s Child – Survivor

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From Robin Thicke to Kanye West & Rihanna: The 10 Most Famous Song Samples

 

In the music video for the No. 1 hit “Blurred Lines,” singers Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell shuffle around to a seductively familiar R&B bass line. Do you know it? Alhough Pharrell and Robin denied it during a resulting 2015 copyright infringement trial, a jury agreed that “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s groovy 1977 party anthem “Got to Give It Up.” (UPDATE: On March 10, Robin and Pharrell were ordered to pay the Gaye family $7.3 million, according to Variety news).

Sampling music has been around since the 1960s when DJs used actual turntables to mash-up songs.  But the practice has come a long way since Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith collaborated on the 1986 remix of “Walk This Way.” Hip-hop artists like Jay-Z, Eminen, P.Diddy, and Kanye West have turned sampling into an art form.

In 2005, Kanye famously sampled Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds Are Forever” song for his “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” ballad. A new song called “Blood on the Leaves” from his 2013 Yeezus album now gives the same treatment to Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit.” And who could forget Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You,” featuring Rick James’ “Give It to Me”?

Now that Yeezus is available for download (as of June 18) and Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is coming out July 4 (earlier for Samsung phone owners via an exclusive launch), MyMusicCloud is counting down our list of the top 10 most famous song samples.  For music fans, it’s a great way to remember some old favorites and discover new tunes you may not have heard. (Find them in our MyMusicCloud store for as little as 99 cents.)

Here we go …

10. Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” samples Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”

9. Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines” samples Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”

8. Kanye’s “Gold-Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx samples Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman”

7. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” samples the Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets”

6. Rihanna’s “SOS” samples Soft Cell’s “Tainted love”

5. Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112’s “I’ll Be Missing You” samples The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”

4. Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You” samples Rick James’ “Give It to Me”

3. Kanye’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” samples Shirley Bassey’s “Diamonds are Forever”

2. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy, Mase and Kelly Price on “Mo Money Mo Problems” samples Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out …”

1. Eminem’s “Stan” featuring Dido samples Dido’s “Thank You”

Listen to Kanye West’s “Blood on the Leaves”

15 of the Best Workout Songs

1988 Aerobics Dancers Perform to Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off”

Got a little jiggle around the middle? It’s time to shake it off, shake it off with this awesome playlist of the 15 Best Workout Songs of 2014. We’ve gathered hitmakers, chartbreakers, and booty-shakers from the worlds of rap (Eminem, Lil Jon), funk (Bruno Mars), dance (Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers), country (Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert) and alt rock (Big Data, Linkin Park, Walk the Moon) to name-drop a few.

So get ready to pump up those lats and pecs. We recommend starting with Workout Song No. 1 and sweating it out from there. Don’t have one of these tracks in your music library? Browse our MyMusicCloud Music Store and download it to your account within seconds. Now, make like Britney, and get to Work, B**ch!

1. “Dangerous” – Big Data featuring Joywave
2. “A Light That Never Comes” – Linkin Park & Steve Aoki
3. “Fireball” – Pitbull featuring John Ryan
4. “Problem” – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
5. “Detroit Vs. Everybody” – Eminem, Big Sean, Royce da 5’9”, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and Dej Loaf
6. “Turn Down for What” – Lil Jon & DJ Snake
7. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
8. “#Selfie” – The Chainsmokers
9. “Bang Bang” – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
10. “Shake it Off” – Taylor Swift
11. “Somethin’ Bad” – Carrie Underwood & Miranda Lambert
12. “That’s My Kind of Night” – Luke Bryan
13. “Come with Me Now” – Kongos
14. “Centuries” – Fall Out Boy
15. “Shut Up and Dance” — Walk the Moon

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10 Best Hip Hop Pump Up Songs of 2014

Are you all about that bass, no treble? When you want to get pumped for running, lifting, or just riding that early morning bus or train, there’s nothing like the thumping sounds of hip-hop to jumpstart your heart.

This past year unleashed plenty of adrenaline-kicking new tracks, from T.I.’s relentless shout-out for “No Mediocre” ladies to Kendrick Lamar’s bouncy “I” and Eminem’s ferocious new “Detroit vs. Everybody.”

To get your hip hop playlist started, we’ve gathered 10 of Hip Hop’s Best Pump Up Songs of 2014 below with a little trap music and R&B flavor thrown in. Want more? When you listen to these on any smartphone, tablet or computer with MyMusicCloud, our free store-and-play app suggests similar songs from your library (just click on Recommended Songs), so you can keep the headphone party going as long as you like. So make like Lil Jon, and scroll down for WHAT …

10. “No Mediocre” – T.I. featuring Iggy Azalea
9. “Move That Dope” — Future featuring Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino,
8. “We Dem Boyz” – Wiz Khalifa
7. “Detroit vs. Everybody” – Eminem, Big Sean, Royce da 5’9”, Danny Brown, Trick Trick and Dej Loaf
6. “I“– Kendrick Lamar
5. “Black Widow” – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
4. “White Walls” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Schoolboy Q & Hollis
3. “Lose Yourself” (re-release) – Eminem
2. “Trophies“– Young Money featuring Drake
1. “Turn Down for What” — Lil Jon & DJ Snake