Marshall Mathers will be joined by other hip hop luminaries, including Wu-Tang Clan and DMX...
New material from EMINEM, DMX, SNOOP DOGG, WU-TANG CLAN and BUSTA RHYMES amongst others is to feature on ‘THE PROFESSIONAL, PART II’, the forthcoming mix album by NEW YORK’s DJ CLUE.
The follow-up to 1998’s ‘The Professional’, the album will also feature Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Mobb Deep, Beanie Sigel, Redman, Trina, Trick Daddy, Memphis Bleek, Capone-n-Noreaga and Nas. It has been slated for a February 27 release in the US, with no confirmed date yet in the UK.
The first single from the album will be Mary J Blige and Jadakiss’s ‘Back 2 Life 2001’, a version of Soul II Soul’s 1989 classic.
Meanwhile, Eminem has fallen foul once more of America’s moral majority. Following complaints at his Grammy nominations by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) have voiced disapproval at the content of lyrics on ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’.
“There is still a need to question the fundamental responsibility of the music industry and its sponsors for promoting them,” said project director Karen Baker. “Creative censorship is not an issue when violence, rape and sexism are being upheld, applauded and honoured as an artistic achievement. The Academy [responsible for Grammy Award nominations], and its sponsors, must take responsibility for applauding and honouring performances that contrast sharply with the mission of the Recording Academy, the promotion of society’s health and safety, and decades of bipartisan efforts to reduce crime, violence, and sexual assault.”
There has been no comment from the Eminem camp.