First 50 Cent started talking about the return of Eminem and then Em himself spilled that he might be releasing an album of new material “this year” … and, according to News of the World, it looks like that is exactly what’s going to happen. Eminem appears ready to come out of retirement and release his first new studio album in over two years called King Mathers:
HIP hop, yer don’t stop—especially if you’re still SLIM SHADY. That’s right rap fans. Throw ya hands up in the air, and wave ’em like you just don’t care . . . for I can reveal that the Em-pire will strike back this Christmas. After years out of the rap game, the world’s most popular lyrical gangster EMINEM is back and spitting dope rhymes in the studio again. I understand that Slim Shady will stand up in style with a new album called King Mathers. Slim, real name MARSHALL MATHERS III, revealed: “I’m writing and producing again, banging out tracks—and the music just gets better and better” … The 35-year-old megastar has sold a staggering 80 MILLION records and now his label Interscope Records can’t wait for his new release by the end of the year. My source tells me: “It’s exciting times and, of course, there’s massive expectation surrounding this new record. “But the fans need not worry about its quality. Most of the music’s being mastered at the moment. There’s a real belief the album will go stellar.” The 8 Mile actor has teamed up with fellow hip hop rhymesayer 50 CENT in the studio. I’m told the pair have been spending hour upon hour at the mixing desk in Em’s Detroit home perfecting one of the biggest comebacks since the SPICE GIRLS. “Eminem is out to realise his full potential,” adds my man in the recording suite. “The volume and quality of music he’s producing is prodigious.” It’s good news for the controversial rapper after years of hurt. The star who brought us classics like Way I Am and Stan, confronted an addiction to sleeping pills in 2005. But the doting dad—still embroiled in an ongoing slagging match with mum Debbie Nelson—has revealed that the worst is over and he can finally concentrate on his music, which is great news for his legion of fans. He says: “For a while, I didn’t want to go back to the studio. I went through some bad times but I’m coming out of those. It feels good.”
I find it very interesting that in the same year that both Britney Spears and Xtina Aguilera are releasing new music (and that Britney is making a genuine “comeback”) Eminem is releasing music in a comeback of his own. That the height of Britney and Xtina’s fame, Eminem also enjoyed his own staggering fame … fame that was built, sometimes, on lampooning the poplets and boybands that also ruled the airwaves at the start of the new millennium. It really is like 1999 all over again. It’s weird to think of these people all grown up. I’m curious to see if Em can achieve the same success that he enjoyed in his hey-day. Tastes change … will the public be ready to welcome back the real Slim Shady again?