While a spokesperson for Eminem’s label, Interscope, told MTV News “there’s been no date scheduled for it,” a listing posted Monday on Amazon.com suggests that an LP from the Detroit MC will be in stores just in time for Christmas.
The post lists the name of the release as “TBD,” despite the MC’s announcement earlier this month that the album would be titled Relapse, and provides no information regarding the CD’s tracklisting. Relapse marks Eminem’s first release of new material since 2004’s Encore, which, to date, has sold more than 5.1 million copies in the U.S.
In a recent interview with BBC Radio’s Zane Lowe , Eminem said he didn’t feel the need to rush Relapse’s release.
“I’ve accomplished enough with the music that I haven’t had to go out there and do other things to oversaturate,” he said during the interview. “That’s probably what I take pride in most. … But, at the end of the day, it’s kind of catch-22. I love the attention, but I don’t like too much of it. … There’s no desire to be that big again. Whatever happens, I’ll take it, but that’s definitely not what I’ll be recording the songs for.”
He also revealed that he reteamed with his mentor,
Dr. Dre, to craft the tracks that’ll appear on Relapse, including the cut “I’m Having A Relapse,” which Em previewed for the first time this month on his Sirius Satellite channel, Shade 45.
“For the last five months I’ve been working pretty much straight with Dre,” he told Lowe. “There’s going to be a lot of material, more so than I’ve had on an album with him producing before. Obviously, [Dre’s] beats are insane, but aside from that, I can rap. I can write and not worry about what the beat has to sound like and how loud a snare drum is. All those things are taken care of for me. I feel like a spoilt rapper. I get to pick and choose everything.”