Eminem fans will be excited to learn that the Missouri-born rapper is not only debuting a new compilation album this week, but has also released a free mixtape including songs that couldn’t make it onto his latest LP. Shady XV, a two disc collection of 28 songs, will be released on November 24th in celebration of his label, Shady Record’s, 15th anniversary. The mixtape, entitled Shady Classics, was curated by DJ Whoo Kid, and features the 66 songs that didn’t make the cut for Shady XV.
The latest release, which can be both streamed and downloaded from the popular mixtape hosting site Datpiff, features songs that span most of the rapper’s career. For the avid Eminem fan, Shady Classics seems to have it all: freestyles and verses from song’s he’s made appearances on, as well as recordings belonging to other artists entirely. Long time collaborators D12 and Brooklyn-born rapper 50 Cent both share a large presence on the tape, to name a few. Some of the most discussed highlights of the album according to social media buzz are Eminem and 50’s coupled takes on the 2003 single “Wanksta,” as well as Eminem’s collaboration with long time partner Dr. Dre on his song “Say What You Say.”
The first disk of Shady XV is said to feature quite a bit of unheard material as well, but these songs are a little fresher. In addition to work by the 8 Mile star, the disk also includes new songs and collaborations by and with artists like Sia, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, and Bad Meets Evil. The second disk will highlight standalone hit singles like 2003’s “Lose Yourself.” Popular non-Eminem songs such as 50 Cent’s “P.I.M.P” and “In da Club” also make appearances on the LP’s latter disk.
Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, recently stated in an interview with MLive.com, “It is sort of a compendium of Shady Records material. There’s not a bunch of new stuff on there or anything. That would be insane to release a 66-song album. I don’t know why anybody thought we were doing that; it’s sort of a compendium of the material we’ve released that we didn’t have room for on the greatest hits that we really like.”