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Dr. Dre, Eminem aim at hip-pop with 'Syllables'

    The Internet is freaking out over the latest leak from the recording sessions for Dr. Dre's “Detox” album – a pop-chart skewering led by Eminem and Jay-Z called “Syllables.”
     “It is not about lyrics anymore,” Em raps, complaining about the lighter, radio-friendlier rap snidely called “hip-pop” by some. “It's about a hot beat and a catchy hook.”
     Well, um, yeah. Hasn't it always been that way where “the kids” are concerned?
Obviously, Dre and friends have a point – especially with the deliberately wack chorus of “Shorty, I love you and you love me too” pointing out how the hook gets way more play than creative rhymes in the verses. But isn't that part of the game? Have they not heard “Love the Way You Lie”?
     Of course, it's not clear when the track was recorded, though Eminem does make a passing reference to “TRL” and rhymes about Ashlee Simpson's new nose, so maybe 2006?
     Jay-Z takes a better tack, saying hip-hop promotion can come through fake violence. “Tap the MAC 11s, run to Hot 97, call my publicist and tell her, 'We in press heaven',” he rhymes. (Jay kinda covered this already in his classic “Ignorant [Expletive],” but maybe this track came before that one.)
     Dre worries, “The torch is gonna burn out before it gets passed,” but, in this case, pointing out the problem may keep it from coming true.
     Judge for yourselves. (Be warned: The language gets kinda rough in places. Sorry, kids.)


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