Is This Love ('09)

Album: Curtain Call 2 (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • Here, Eminem describes an encounter with a girl while he's high. He rates her sex appeal as "eight or nine" out of ten and is hooked. Em talks to the girl, brings her back to his room and beds her. They spend the night making love while overindulging on coke and whiskey, then the rapper wakes up the next morning with a foggy head and the girl beside her. He has no memory of what happened and fears they drunkenly eloped.
  • While there's plenty of lustful talk in Eminem's two verses, he's more romantic in the chorus. Em wonders if he's fallen in love with the girl, as she's put him in the mood for sexual healing.
  • 50 Cent jumps on the third verse and drops some filthy, murderous bars. He adopts the persona of Em's violent alter ego, Slim Shady, for his garish rhymes.
  • Eminem and 50 originally recorded "Is This Love" in 2009 during the sessions for an album he planned to call Relapse 2. When the Relapse album received mixed reviews, he ditched some of the tracks he'd recorded in favor of more introspective and emotional material, and renamed the album Recovery. Em retrieved "Is This Love" from the vault in 2022 and he and 50 re-recorded their vocals. He included the revamped song on his second greatest hits album, Curtain Call 2.
  • Em and Fif's mutual mentor and Aftermath label boss Dr. Dre produced the track. The good doctor's slow-rolling beat incorporates his archetypal G-funk bounce. Besides Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mark Batson and Trevor Lawrence Jr. also contributed towards the production.
  • Em and 50 co-wrote "Is This Love (09)" with Batson, Lawrence, Sly Pyper and Luis Resto. Pyper also sang the additional vocals on the chorus.
  • Eminem and 50 Cent are close friends and regular collaborators, dating back to the "In Da Club" rapper's debut album, 2003's Get Rich or Die Tryin'. "Is This Love" is one of two tracks recorded by the pair in 2009. The other, "Psycho," finds both rappers adopting Em's Slim Shady persona. That song ended up on 50's Before I Self Destruct record.

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