Eminem and Dr. Dre have inked a joint deal with up-and-coming Las Vegas rapper Ez Mil, signing the 24-year-old to Interscope, Aftermath and Shady Records.
On Wednesday (July 26), Em took to Instagram to announce the signing of EZ. “Me and Dre back at it,” he wrote. “Check @ezekielmiller aka Ez Mil out- link in bio.”
He then moved to Twitter to confirm that the rapper’s “Up Down (Step & Walk)” music video, which he dropped earlier this year, was the reason for the signing. “This is why we signed him,” Eminem tweeted alongside a link to the video.
Check out Slim’s post’s about Ez Mil below:
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) July 26, 2023
Ez Mil will drop DU4LI7Y: REDUX, a deluxe version of his 2022 album on August 11. The new revamp will include the song “Realest” with Eminem.
In February, Ez Mil released the video for his DU4LI7Y single “Up Down,” which gained traction after fans noted stylistic similarities to Eminem. About a month later, the latter heard the song, and Ez Mil drove from Vegas to Los Angeles to link up with Dre and Em for the first time.
“We’ve never been out there signing a lot of artists, and one of the great things about how we built Shady is how selective we’ve been,” Marshall Mathers said in a statement to HipHop-n-More. “And it’s even rarer that Dre and I sign something together – but I heard Ez’s music and was like, ‘This is really special’. So I took it to Dre. We both agreed it would be a great fit and we wanted to work with him right on the spot.”
Dre added: “I’m really only interested in working on shit that sounds different from anything else going on out there, and only then if I feel I can really bring something to it. Em played me Ez and I had that feeling…that thing that happens when we both know we’ve found something special. And that was it….let’s get to work.”
Em and Dre have made a career of discovering superstar talent. One such talent includes 50 Cent, who in February celebrated his 23-year partnership with the famed duo following his signing to Aftermath, Interscope, and Shady Records back in 2002 which kickstarted his career.
“When you have a team like this it’s hard to lose, I’m so blessed to have worked with the best ever,” 50 wrote on Instagram at the time. “You can re-write a book, you can re-write a song but you can’t re-write history. The 3 headed monster EM, DRE and 50cent. Boom.”
The G-Unit mogul was also celebrating the 20th anniversary of his juggernaut debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which had Eminem and Dr. Dre’s fingerprints all over it.
Not only was it released through Shady Records and Aftermath — in conjunction with Interscope and 50’s own G-Unit Records — but Dre produced several tracks including “In Da Club,” “If I Can’t” and “Back Down,” while Em appears on “Patiently Waiting” and “Don’t Push Me.”