News: Just Blaze On Eminem's "Relapse 2" Status, "We Still Got A Lot Of Work [To Do]"
Friday, Apr 2, 2010 4:15PM
Eminem's Relapse 2 co-producer Just Blaze has updated fans on the project's status and said it is still being completed.
Although he did not give a release date, Blaze did reveal Em's recent work ethic.
"[The album], it's getting there, but we still got a lot of work. So I wish I could stay [in Miami] longer," Blaze said in an interview. "As far as what's going on in Detroit, a lot of good music is being made. He's really back spitting. The wordplay is crazy, the metaphors are crazy. He's really back on his game. He had his ups, he had his downs, he's back way, way, way up. This is definitely going to be up there with the best of his albums, for sure, for sure. The fact that he's branched out working with a lot of different people now, collaborating in a lot of different ways that he never has before, I think he's going to surprise a lot of people." (MTV)
Blaze said he initially encountered work challenges dealing with Em last year.
"It's a challenge for both of us in the sense we've never worked with each other before," he revealed in an interview. "We've both been in the business ten plus years. We're both very self-contained. He has his own production compound, and I have my situation with Bassline Studios in New York. Sometimes I'm like I need this [song] back in New York and he's like I need it back in Detroit. It's interesting because we're both protective of the work and not wanting it to leak out. I'm in the same boat, because we both would lose money. Creatively it's a good process. When it goes beyond a business arrangement, it always works out. I've had cases where people just want a beat because you're Just Blaze. But here we are two people that are fans of each other's work." (All Hip Hop)
While keeping details to a minimum, the producer previously said he has been working with Slim Shady since 2009.
"Only thing that I'm gonna get into right now, now that he put it out there, I am working with Eminem on his new album, we are working on Relapse 2," Blaze confirmed in an interview. "As of yesterday, he's done about six, seven records. I go back in a few weeks and do three or four more maybe. I've been quietly going back and forth to New York and Detroit for the past two months just getting a feel for it, and getting a feel for each other because he hasn't worked with too many people outside of his camp. We got a good relationship so the records are coming." (Distortion 2 Static)
Em broke the news of his album featuring Just Blaze and Mr. Porter's signature sounds last fall.
"[I'm] pretty much finished as far as recording," Eminem revealed. "I think all that's left to do is mix. And you know, in the mixing process, if I come up with anything else then [it will be on there.] I think it's gonna be a lot different, a lot different than what people expect as far as the contrast from the last record to this one, I think I went back...I got a couple of tracks with Mr. Porter, I got two tracks on the album with him so far, four, possibly five with Just Blaze and I think the overall basis of the record is -- it's more emotional driven. Like the last record, I was more concentrated on spitting, but with this record, I feel like there's some of that, but at the same time I went back to making songs with feels to them as opposed to just rap records...I'm putting everything I got into this next record. All my focus, just everything, I just want to finish that project and I'll take it from there." (Toca Tuesdays)
Check out a past Eminem interview down below: