Words by Preezy
Eminem and his Shady Records stable made a big splash on Monday with a self-released vid of Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf, and Marshall blessing us with a bevy of quotables in a members only style cypher. The clip was the talk of the Twitterverse, with critics and fans alike weighing in on everything from who had the best (and worst) verse to certain controversial lyrics that may have ruffled a feather or two. In short, the cypher was well received and managed to add some excitement while sparking conversation and debate, which is always healthy but at times lacking in today’s musical climate.
That would have been a successful day for the Shady crew in itself, but Eminem didn’t stop there. Instead, he also unleashed a posse cut titled “Detroit Vs. Everybody” featuring himself and fellow Detroit reps Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown and Dej Loaf. Produced by Statik Selektah, the track is dark and brooding with militant drums and bleak piano keys. It’s as grimy as the Detroit streets the MC’s come from. Everyone delivers, from overnight sensation Dej Loaf on the hook to Royce, Sean Don, Danny, and Em each dropping rewind-worthy verses.
While most listeners raced to their smart phones or laptops to give their take – as I did myself – I also began to ponder what type of music would result if other hip-hop locales united and took a similar approach. So we’ve decided to make our own “Versus Everybody” lineups that we think would be comparable to the Motor City’s version*.
Let us know what your versions of each lineup is in the comments below.
*Note that this isn’t a list of the best rappers from each specific region, but an apples-to-apples comparison of who we feel would be the Detroit artists’ regional counterpart from each city, accounting for years in the game, style and fit.