[artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] had a doctor on hand for the making of Relapse, but for the upcoming sequel it looks like Slim is turning elsewhere for help.
[artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre[/artist] produced Eminem's comeback album, save for "Beautiful," which Em produced himself, but the rapper announced in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid over the weekend that [artist id="1551525"]Just Blaze[/artist] will likely land five beats on Relapse 2. Mr. Porter, a member of Eminem's crew, D12, is expected to helm two tracks on the project, Em said.
"I definitely feel like I'm in a little different space right now," Em said about the album during the Shade 45 radio interview. "With the last record, it had a lot to do with me getting sober and just my eyes being open again and my brain went into overdrive. With Relapse 1, I was just trying to prove to myself that I could do it again. It was a [reintroduction] and what made me in the first place with the zany, loony, ridiculous sh--. I felt like a lot of that album, I kind of wanted to [spit] rapid fire and [do] punch lines."
The combination of Eminem and Just Blaze, best known for his work with Jay-Z, should make for some interesting music. The New Jersey producer has brought out the best from some of hip-hop's most talented lyricists, from Hova ("P.S.A.") to Fabolous ("Breathe"). Throughout his career, Eminem has worked predominantly with Dre for production, with the rapper taking on a larger role himself behind the boards with each subsequent release.
[artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] will again share the mic with Eminem. The two recorded tracks for each other's albums in Las Vegas, Eminem revealed. Em didn't offer many details, but he said one of the songs will feature the two stars going back and forth trading lines with each other.
Relapse 2 is tentatively set to be released by the end of the year; in April Em said the album was almost completed. The sequel project comes close on the heels of Relapse, which was released in May after the rapper's five-year hiatus. That album was dark and deeply personal as Eminem at times vividly portrayed how he became dependent on drugs.
From the sound of it, the follow-up will see Eminem return to his lyrical dominance. "I been so in the zone with this next album" he said.