Count Eminem as one of the early superstar adopters of Apple Music as he debuted the trailer through the new streaming service on launch day.
Man, how “Phenomenal” has grown on me. I’ve narrowed down that the end of the first verse and beginning of the second verse are my favorite moments of Eminem’s verses overall.
Now he’s got the makings of an amazing, motivational video on deck, shot somewhere in Asia and truly doubling as an action film as Apple Music tweeted earlier today. I’m psyched for the trailer and already downloaded Apple Music so I’ll await the video soon.
Also tune into Zane Lowe on Apple Music tomorrow (I listened today, in fact… more on that here…) as Marshall will be Zane’s first guest on his new streaming radio show through the service.
ICYMI: The Southpaw Soundtrack
UPDATE 07.24.15: Here’s the full stream. After seeing the movie, the soundtrack fits even better than you may think on paper. And yeah… go see the movie. Great performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.
UPDATE: The real tracklist is released today and is perhaps even more intriguing than the fake one. Eminem & Gwen Stefani?! That sounds like it could be cool. Plus, a tribute to the late James Horner, who passed away over the weekend in a tragic plane crash. The legendary composer has “Cry For Love” on the intro/outro. All executive produced by Eminem and in stores July 24th.
06.12.15: Today, Shady Records revealed the cover art above for the upcoming soundtrack to Southpaw, executive produced by the one and only Eminem.
Out now on the Soundtrack is “Phenomenal”, which I initially greeted with a mediocre review. As the Beats commercials have steadily played throughout this NBA Finals, the hit-or-miss hook grew on me to ‘hit’ status and further listens of the single have put it in *Tibs Fav. status. The non-melodic flows still get to me, but I can’t ignore the words and the subtle woman’s voice that adds a punch to the production.
Quick tangent aside, I’m a little more excited now for both the soundtrack and the movie itself, which I learned today was written with Eminem in mind for the lead character. Wow. Makes sense, huh?
Ironically, the all-new lyric video to “Phenomenal” came at a perfect time for me today.
As I mentioned in my last post, the new Eminem single off Southpaw started to grow on me after seeing the Draymond Green Beats commercial throughout the Finals. This is in stark contrast to my mediocre first impression.
Well, even since then, “Phenomenal” has grown into my pump up jam of the moment and today I had to Google the lyrics to finally understand what the uncredited female singer is saying in the last bridge before the 3rd verse. The first part of it always resonated powerfully with me and now it does on another level. Sure enough I was able to find out with the lyric video above — featuring that good, old school boxing promo type face to drive home the Southpaw underground, boxing theme. Enjoy, as the movie draws closer to release next month, and the music video to come soon.
*Tibs Fav. now for sure.
ICYMI: The Southpaw Soundtrack | The story behind Eminem’s Entourage cameo
Up above is the all-new, first look trailer at Southpaw — starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams (love her.) Gyllenhaal is a boxer with a wife and a daughter, but after a tragedy he turns to drugs and alcohol before cleaning up and planning one more comeback. The story has more depth than what I just surmised in just the trailer above so watch and see some of the other events that unfold. In fact, it may have given away too much but I am absolutely hooked and want to see this movie now (so job well done, trailer makers.) Plus, if you can’t draw a parallel to Eminem here…
As you can see, the headline is indeed part of the reason for posting too. Eminem prefaced sharing the trailer as a “sneak peak of some new stuff I’ve been working on.” The song, at the end, sounds pretty good so far and I wonder if it’ll stick over the long-term more than “Guts Over Fear” ended up doing for me and the masses last year.
Also starring in the movie by the way: Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent (you’ll see him in the trailer), and not in the trailer but on IMDB: Rita Ora and Tyrese.