Seemingly overnight Grammy-winning producer Jeff Bhasker has voiced his interest in linking up with fellow award-collecting musician Eminem and described Slim Shady’s brilliance.
Despite working with music stars ranging from Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift to Kanye West and Jay-Z, JB said he is up for Em next.
“I would love to work with Eminem, he’s one of the most brilliant writers and vocalists that we have,” he said of the reclusive MC, whose follow-up? to 2010’s hit Recovery is reportedly slated for a post-Memorial Day release. Bhasker is putting the finishing touches on his solo debut, which tackles the story of an Iraq War soldier’s experience, and he said his aim is to find other things to write about besides, well, love. “He’s [Eminem] another guy who has found other subjects to write about,” Bhasker said. So far, the phone hasn’t rung, but that doesn’t mean Bhasker is sitting around at his cozy Mar Vista, California, home studio waiting for work. (MTV)
Earlier this month, Em’s manager Paul Rosenberg promised a post-Memorial Day release for his next solo effort.
According to Shady president Paul Rosenberg, Eminem, who last Bad Meets Evil’s “Hell: The Sequel” with Royce Da 5’9 in 2011, is “far into the process” of recording his untitled eighth studio album, due after Memorial Day. “We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He’s been working on it for some time,” Rosenberg tells Billboard, who was included on this year’s Billboard Power 100 list. “It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when. We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.” (Billboard)
Last year, Shady revealed beginning work alongside renowned producer Dr. Dre for his follow-up LP.
“Yeah, of course he’ll be involved,” he said. “I usually get going and kind of start going a certain direction and just record what I’m feeling. Then I’ll go see Dre and fill in some of those pieces.” (Shade 45)
In May, Slaughterhouse’s Royce Da 5’9 spilled the beans on Marshall Mathers’ return to new music-making.
“Em is fantastic,” Royce said in an interview with radio personalityTim Westwood. “He’s in the studio right now, in between mixing our stuff and working on his solo stuff. He’s keeping hisself real busy.” (“Tim Westwood TV”)