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Who cares about the mixed reviews for Eminem’s latest Relapse singles when he has another plan to make u love him all over again? The upcoming video game, DJ Hero, will feature our local homeboy Eminem plus another fav, Jay Z, when it hits the shelves this Fall.
During an interview with USA Today, Eminem stated, "I don't want to give away any surprises yet. DJ Hero will include my music, and I'll be providing additional material as downloadable content by the end of the year."
So if Eminem breaks out with a funky fresh 8 Mile-style rap battle or freestyle (which would be oh so dope) then that’s what it is. Other material--his greatest hits, are already in the plans for the game’s release.
"Put Your hands up" game photo courtesy of DJHero.com
Activision is pushing the game out in formats for the major game systems like PlayStation 3, PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii.
In case you forgot, both Jay Z and Eminem already did a collab back in 2001 from Jay Z’s, The Blueprint. The song, Renegade, which is undisputedly a solid classic, combined fresh lyrics and a dope “all I need is one mic” kind of beat; nodding your head from the beginning to the end of the song with a scrunched up face that translates, “this is nasty”—each listen still eradicates the previous session as if the song had descended upon virgin ears. Wicked.
During the game's initial stages, the developers turned to none other than California native, DJ Shadow, known for his turntablism using samples and instrumentals on his highly acclaimed albums.
DJ Shadow game photo courtesy of DJHero.com
As told to GameInformer.com when asked about what he'd like to see in the game's final version for musical diversity, DJ Shadow responded, "And it isn’t necessarily—my personal goal with my contributions to the game wasn’t to try and be regimented about, “Well, OK this isn’t true hip-hop,” or “This isn’t really a true DJ game that would be spun nowadays.” It really wasn’t about that, it was just about, “OK let’s try and use songs from a lot of different places, and let’s try to include—yeah, let’s have some underground stuff, some more mainstream stuff, OK, let’s get some stuff from this era, wouldn’t it be fun to grab some stuff from that era?” And then, you know, definitely like, “We absolutely have to license this, this and this, because in my opinion any DJ game without them would be kind of silly.” So it was a combination of all of the above."