Jonathan Drew and Eminem might hold very different occupations, but their stories share some important similarities. Neither one was born into their roles or took their place in a family dynasty. They both came from modest beginnings and through blood, sweat, and tears, rose through the ranks in industries that didn’t exactly lay out a welcome mat for them. Now that Drew Estate and Shady Records (Eminem and manager Paul Rosenberg’s record label) are both twenty years old, the time is right for a large-scale collaboration between these two legends.
The blend should be familiar, a version of the famed Undercrown Maduro line, using the same anatomy and personally approved by Paul Rosenberg. Beneath a deep, dark Mexican San Andres wrapper lies a Connecticut Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil. This 5” x 50 box-pressed belicoso brings full bodied notes of chocolate, earth, and leather, with a nice amount of pepper to liven things up, and a lasting finish. This is actually the third collaboration between Drew Estate and Shady Records, but the first one to see regular production and national distribution. You used to have to live in Eminem’s home town of Detroit to get your hands on one of these, so don’t wait to grab a bundle of Undercrown ShadyXX.