Cole Bennett elaborates on how Eminem’s “Doomsday pt. 2” made its way onto the Lyrical Lemonade album.

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Lyrical Lemonade unveiled Eminem’s latest track on its debut compilation album, sparking widespread discussion despite its brevity. But what’s the story behind it?

Cole Bennett engaged in a conversation with online reviewer Anthony Fantano regarding the album, specifically Eminem’s contribution. Discussing Juice WRLD’s posthumous collaboration with Cordae, “Doomsday,” which was released as a single prior to the album launch, Cole delved into the decision-making process behind selecting a beat derived from Eminem’s “Role Model.”

That’s actually one of Juice’s favourite Eminem songs. He actually freestyled on that for an hour long. That’s the instrumentals he would often freestyle on. One of his favourites and one of Cordae’s favourites. An iconic Eminem beat right there, Dr. Dre produced it. It’s special.

So, how did it happen that Marshall’s verse on the same beat was released separately under the “Doomsday pt. 2” title? This is Cole’s story:

We flipped the original beat, and I sent it to Em a long, long time ago. I didn’t know if he was ever gonna do anything on it or not. As the album was approaching and we were trying to turn things in, it came in. I didn’t know what to expect. It wasn’t as collaborative a thing as other songs. Here’s the flip of his song, it’s the continuation of the original Doomsday, which is the flip of his original song to begin with, “Role Model”. I’ve really enjoyed some of the delivery and how it came. The Benzino thing to me is something I heard the same way as everybody else did. It was what he sent in and what was going on in that department. It has, obviously, nothing to do with me. But I think it created a dialogue. They have their own history, and it’s where he was at when he made the song. That’s what makes it special in its own way. That’s what he was feeling on that day. When he approached that song, Benzino was on his mind, I guess. To work with Em is one of the highest honours. To have him as part of this project, having him on this track, is nothing short of a childhood dream. I’m just thankful he could be part of it.

The reason for Eminem’s isolated part remains somewhat unclear—whether it arrived too late or diverged too greatly from the themes explored by Juice WRLD and Cordae in their verses. Regardless, with Marshall’s track ready and cleared for release, Cole Bennett opted to unveil it, even as a standalone piece. Now, it stands as one of the most streamed songs on the album, generating significant discourse, including a vocal and animated reaction from Benzino.

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