Prior to the release of 2Pac‘s posthumous Loyal To The Game, Eminem asked Afeni Shakur if he could personally executive produce the project. Upon being granted permission, Em went on to produce the entirety of the 2004 album, which ultimately went on to receive mixed reviews upon release.
Now, seventeen years removed from its arrival, enough dust has settled to reassess Eminem’s addition to 2Pac Shakur’s musical legacy. And where better to start than with the album’s introductory cut, and one of Em’s only vocal contributions, “Soldier Like Me.”
Over an instrumental that sounds like something Eminem might have laced for himself, Obie Trice, or 50 Cent during their early millennium Shady Records run, 2Pac’s vocals retain the same commanding presence we’ve come to expect from the late legend.
While the production is certainly different territory for Pac, it’s interesting to hear his music imagined through Eminem’s creative lens — seventeen years removed from the release of Loyal To The Game, how do you feel about Eminem and 2Pac’s collaborative project?