Eminem has shared a new collaborative single with Snoop Dogg, entitled ‘From The D 2 The LBC’ – you can see the partially animated video below.
It is the legendary rapper’s second new song in quick succession, following on from his contribution to the soundtrack of Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, ‘The King and I’, which arrived last week and saw him sample The King’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’. That song was a team-up with Gnarls Barkley singer CeeLo Green; this new song with Snoop, meanwhile, represents his first work with the California icon since he took to the stage with him in February, during the Super Bowl halftime show, along with their mutual associate Dr. Dre as well as Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak and 50 Cent at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Los Angeles.
That set saw them run through the classics, but now, their attention is once again on fresh material; in addition to ‘From The D 2 The LBC’, they have shared the accompanying video, which is directed by James Larese and sees the pair both appear in person and be represented by a couple of animated apes, in the style of the Bored Ape NFTs. You can see it below.
The track sees the two of them each pay tribute to their hometowns – Detroit, Michigan for Eminem, and Long Beach, California for Snoop – with a rapped refrain that runs “Put your doobies high if you reside in 213, let’s see them blunts raised / Whether you east side or west side of the 313, let’s see them guns blaze.”
‘From The D 2 The LBC’ marks not only the continuation of Eminem’s return to the musical arena, but also that of Snoop’s, too, after he put out his latest album, ’BODR’ back in February. The title stands for ‘Back on Death Row’, in reference to the rapper’s return to the legendary hip hop label Death Row Records, which he acquired earlier this year after a 26-year absence from the imprint. “I am thrilled and appreciative of the opportunity to acquire the iconic and culturally significant Death Row Records brand, which has immense untapped future value,” he said at the time.