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.
“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.
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