"Eminem is funny. Eminem is also a homophobic jerk." - Mike Shinoda
Now, whether or not Mike actually said that, I'm not sure. I can't really find a source. But I digress.Eminem and Linkin Park should seriously consider recording a song together.
Now, I'm sure I'm not the first person to bring up the idea. In fact, just Youtube search "Eminem and Linkin Park mashup" (Or click the multiple links I reference below.) Easily millions of views have gone into many fan-made mash ups. The most popular of which being the well-known Numb/Encore mash up.
Which is exactly where I'll start.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHRWlMZxg6M
The easiest way to connect Linkin Park and Eminem is through a well-known man named Shawn Corey Carter, or as you may know him, Jay-Z. Eminem and Jay-Z may only have one song recorded together, but they're quite obviously good friends. The Comerica Park/Yankee Stadium concerts they did together brought out thousands, as Eminem marked his return into the Hip-hop/Rap world. If LP/Jay-Z can work, why couldn't Eminem and Linkin Park?
If anything, Eminem could appeal far better to Mike's emcee skills than most other rappers out there.
Where'd You Go/When I'm Gonehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK_wEhNeW7E
Rapping isn't just about writing rhymes. Anyone can do that. It's about bringing out real emotions in your words. Your voice becomes the instrument. It inspires. There may be no two people who understand this better than Mike and Marshall. It's not just about making money. Its about writing about serious topics. Mike sarcastically explains this in "Cigarettes."
Cigarettes/Sing for the Momenthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtUfXzEUBoo
And it's not just Eminem over Linkin Park instrumentals. Examples of how well it can sound the other way around exist.
One Step Closer/Go To Sleephttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRbcmIoTVZQ
Or instrumentals even placed together.
You can take a step back and realize that Linkin Park can be lyrically more Hip-Hop than you may consider.
And don't just assume that only older Linkin Park and Eminem would work together.
Waiting for the End/Love the Way You Liehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXruaIYdW9Y
In a year when both Eminem and Linkin Park have been placing high on charts internationally, these two giants would appeal to massive amounts of fans. This genre crossing collaboration would be heard by millions. And I know it wouldn't disappoint.
Eminem has been doing songs with a ton of different artists lately. I don't think he would even think twice about a chance to cross-genre's with a new song.
Linkin Park hasn't done many songs featuring other artists, but to even go out as far as Busta Rhymes proves that they aren't picky either.
Don't ask why. Ask why not?
Now, I opened with Mike's statement to discuss one important thing many people may overlook when thinking about this idea: Linkin Park and Eminem have both changed considerably not only since the start of their careers, but since they've sold chart-topping albums. Eminem has matured as an artist. Linkin Park has as a band. They have both purposely pulled away from their own patterns, because they know that change is necessary. Both have totally revolutionized their own genres.
And consider the experience that would go into this. Mike Shinoda and Dr. Dre (as he often produces Eminem's tracks) working together to produce a song just sounds amazing.
To any fans out there who read this, just consider the idea. Even if you despise Eminem, even if you hate Rap and Hip Hop, consider all of what I have said. The linking of these two genres by these masters of genres couldn't possibly go wrong. Spread the word. If Linkin Park would even just consider the idea or working with Eminem, I could rest easy.
And if by some miracle that any band member of LP actually reads this, pull some strings and talk to some people. It's a chance that should not be missed.