Eminem dived into the depths of his drug dependency for his last album, Relapse, and on his forthcoming Recovery, he continues to speak on some of the low points in his life. On the track "Talkin' 2 Myself," the Detroit MC admits being jealous of Lil Wayne's and Kanye West's rising prominence.
"I went away, I guess, and opened up some lanes," Em raps on the DJ Khalil-produced number. "But there was no one who even knew I was going through growing pains/ Hate was flowing through my veins/ On the verge of going insane/ I almost made a song dissing Lil Wayne."
In the song, Em later claims that the attention Wayne and Kanye were receiving while he was away prompted the intended attack. But he backed away when he realized he wouldn't have been much of an opponent, in his condition.
"I would have had my ass handed to me" he spits, acknowledging his respect for their craft.
Upstart singer Kobe is featured on "Talkin' 2 Myself." He's one of the few guests on Recovery, in addition to Lil Wayne, Pink and Rihanna. For the set, though, Eminem reached out to a slew of producers he never worked with before, including Just Blaze, Havoc, Boi-1da and Khalil.
Recovery is slated for a June 22 release, however the project leaked to the Web on Tuesday (June 8). In the past, the rapper's recording home, Interscope Records, has shifted the album release forward to compensate for such leaks. As of press time, the label had yet to indicate whether the release date for Recovery would be moved up.
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