The summer of 2014 just got set ablaze. Busta Rhymes and Eminem have collaborated on a new track called "Calm Down", off of Rhymes' upcoming album E.L.E.2 (Extinction Level Event 2). A sequel to his 1998 album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event): The Final World Front.
"Calm Down" is a near six minute epic lyrical demonstration of what happens when two rap legends decide to challenge one another to a game of lyrical chess. Fortunately for fans of real lyrical music, both artists, and fans, come out as winners. The lyrics are spit at a rapid fire pace, as would be expected from Busta and 2010-era Eminem. The beat was produced by Scoop Deville and begins with the horns made famous by the 1992 House of Pain classic "Jump Around". The beat is a simple kick heavy, horn infused beat that is the perfect template for the two rap powerhouses to showcase their respective lyrical prowess.
What makes this track so engaging is the fact that both emcees seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. "Fun" is a word that not many emcees seem to be having in today's game. Each emcee brings his "A" game, which makes it difficult to pick a clear cut "winner", but that is what makes this track so much fun. Music fans get to argue back and forth about who's lyrics are more intelligent, more clever and who has the best flow. This isn't a track where one could say, "oh so and so stole the show." That is one of the true hallmarks of a great rap collaboration.
There is no need to point out a standout lyric of any sort because it really is a matter of taste. There are so many clever bars, that one could dissect this track for days and find something different that they may have missed earlier. This isn't a track that is going to be a huge mainstream summer hit because it will only truly interest fans of real lyricism, as opposed to casual Hip-Hop fans. It will however, be a song that pops up on practically every Best Music of 2014 list, as it should.