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Eminem and Busta Rhymes Remodel House of Pain on ‘Calm Down’

Rap titans clash on new Scoop DeVille-produced track

Olivia Forman // June 30, 2014

Eminem and Busta Rhymes, two masters of lyrical agility, have dropped a seismic disturbance of a song, the deceptively named “Calm Down.” This track marks the beginning of the commotion for Busta’s upcoming album, E.L.E.2, with Scoop DeVille setting the skull-crushing tone via a beat that reimagines House of Pain’s iconic “Jump Around.”

In the spirit of Eminem’s latest rap-battle ventures, “Calm Down” finds Busta and Em flexing their considerable smack-talking skills. The former throws down his signature eruption of swagger-snarl, and reinvents “WTF” while he’s at it. That said, the real treat is hearing the latter rise to the occasion. Mr. Mathers sheds the motivational rap of mature Marshall and resurrects the sinister mind-blowing ferocity of the 8 Mile era. If you’re a mere mortal in search of understanding, go line-by-line at RapGenius to unravel these tightly packed flows, and hit the play button above.