EXCLUSIVE: Just Blaze, Denaun Porter Talk Em's 'Relapse 2'
With Eminems Relapse 2 being uncertain for a November release, two of its recruited heavyweight producers Denaun Porter (Mr. Porter) and Just Blaze have shed light on the albums progress.
In an exclusive dual interview with AllHipHop.com, Porter detailed how his production relationship with Eminem has grown since their work on the superstars debut album, Infinite.
Man, now? Its so much more fun. It was easy for us to go back to that time, Porter told AllHipHop.com. This will be the first time Im producing songs for Em under me without D12 [since Infinite]. Thats big for me. I cant let the cat out the bag yet, but one of the songs is told as if we were back in the day.
While many fans argue rappers earlier work are usually stronger because they are hungry for success, Porter feels Eminems quality has improved with his superstardom.
Its no fun when youre broke, he stated. We were trying to do Infinite like we had more money when we didnt have any. We were trying to get to a certain point, but now hes got it. The reason hes good is not because being white worked to his advantage. It did a little at first, but all day everyday the kid is writing. I dont know if Jay-Z is writing all day. He owns multi-million dollar businesses. Em writes all day. Jay probably comes up with lines [and] that make him one of the greatest. Im fighting, because Just Blaze came in and kicked ass.
After leaking Jay Electronicas Exhibit C and a Nas snippet last week, Just Blaze has renewed attention on what other tracks he has in the vaults, and what hes developed for Relapse 2.
Due to their protective natures, Blaze revealed that his time with Eminem has been challenging despite their creative highs.
Its a challenge for both of us in the sense weve never worked with each other before. Weve both been in the business 10 plus years, Just Blaze explained to AllHipHop.com. Were both very self-contained. He has his own production compound, and I have my situation with Bassline Studios in New York. Sometimes Im like I need this [song] back in New York and hes like I need it back in Detroit. Its interesting because were both protective of the work and not wanting it to leak out. Im in the same boat, because we both would lose money. Creatively its a good process. When it goes beyond a business arrangement, it always works out. Ive had cases where people just want a beat because youre Just Blaze. But here we are 2 people that are fans of each others work.
The original Relapse was released in May and to date has sold over 1.5 million copies.
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