Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has confirmed reports that he scraped his Relapse 2 album and announced a new project called Recovery.
Based on a statement released today, Em’s decision was determined from the number of producers he has worked with.
“I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year,” Eminem said in 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.” The new album — which features production from DJ Khalil, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da, among others — will drop June 22. (MTV)
Earlier today, Em made the announcement about Relapse 2.
As promised, the rapper returned with a bombshell which he tweeted. However, instead of giving update on the status of the album, the legendary rapper threw fans for a loop when he tweeted “There is no Relapse 2.” This latest development fuels online speculation that Eminem could be working on a new album that is not aimed to follow up his 2009 effort “Relapse.” (Icon Vision)
The rapper’s previous message suggested he had a “big” announcement to make.
Just over a year ago, Eminem revealed his comeback plans with the announcement of two albums set for 2009, Relapse and Relapse 2. While Slim Shady delivered on Relapse, its follow-up was postponed from the second half of ’09 to TBA 2010 to make way for his Relapse: Refill reissue late last year. However, Eminem made a rare appearance on Twitter yesterday (March 29) to give fans a message — “Don’t worry. Some big news is coming. Soon” — perhaps hinting that there may finally be some movement on the Relapse 2 front. (Rolling Stone)
Last month, D12’s Bizarre said Eminem recruited his hometown rap crew for the original Relapse 2 album.
“We’re still recording the third album, and we just finished a song on Relapse 2 for Marshall’s album,” Bizarre said via phone. Tentatively titled “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Bizarre says the collaboration shows that despite major losses such as the death of co-founding member Proof, nothing can keep the group down. “We’re still family, but everybody’s got their own situations going on,” he added. “No matter what y’all do, you can’t hold D12 down. We’ve been through a lot of sh*t, but we’re still gonna come back and recover.” (Hip Hop DX)
Check out a past Eminem interview where he speaks on Relapse 2 down below: