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