Producer Just Blaze has given a small update on Eminem‘s upcoming Recovery album and said he is placing his final touches on the solo project.
Blaze also talked about his experience working with the Grammy-winning artist.
“I have a few more songs that I have to finish mixing,” Blaze said in an interview. “It’s a great experience working with him, he’s such a hands-on artist… Most artists come in and rap and the rest is up to you. It’s good to collaborate with someone on the other end of the spectrum.” (VIBE)
Producer Jim Jonsin recently talked about Em’s interest to experiment on the new album.
“He was open to ideas,” Jonsin revealed in an interview. “He was real respectful to my craft. He let me do what I do. He asked me ideas on some of the lyrics. We had ideas for lyric changes. Certain words may or may not work on radio. We talked about that. He had a setup outside of the room to do production, but I’d rather be in the room where he was at, and he was cool with that. And I knocked out a couple of joints in there while he was in there with me. He was pretty open and he let me do my thing. He did his thing. It was a pretty good experience…We touched on something that I haven’t done anything like that before.” (MTV)
Em’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, confirmed reports of the project’s first single being called “Not Afraid” this week.
“It’s not a dark song, it’s an uplifting song,” Rosenberg tells Billboard.com about the Boi-1da-produced track, which is scheduled to be released this week. About the album’s new direction — reflected in the album’s recent title change — Rosenberg says the set will be “more accessible to more fans. [Eminem] had pretty much completed a whole second album worth of material but at some point he took a step back, looked at it and said, ‘I think I want to record some more,'” he says. “But in recording, the album started to sound so different and was going in such a different direction that he decided to keep it going and turn it into a whole new album. The last album was really for the core Eminem fans. I think this record will open that up a bit.” Producers confirmed on the album include Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Mr. Porter. (Billboard)
The album replaces his originally titled solo project, Relapse 2.
“I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year,” Eminem said via a statement. “But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on ‘Recovery’ came out very different from ‘Relapse,’ and I think it deserves its own title.” (Statement)
Check out Just Blaze’s interview down below: