Eminem branched out on his hit comeback Recovery, taking a break from working mostly with mentor Dr. Dre and bringing in a whole new slate of producers who twisted up his sound and helped Slim Shady put together what is so far the best-selling album of 2010.
But after that brief detour, the Detroit MC is back to his old tricks, hooking up with Dre to record some new tracks. The rapper called in to Angela Yee's "The Morning After" show on the sixth anniversary of the launch of his Shade 45 Sirius satellite channel on Thursday and revealed that he and Dre are working on music together.
"I'm in the studio with Dre now, let's just say that," Em said, reluctant to cough up details on where the songs the pair are recording might end up. "Pretty soon he's going to make a beat and I might rap on it."
Dre, of course, is still working on his years-in-the-making purported rap finale, Detox, and when pressed to confirm that he's working on tracks from the album, Em said, "Other than that I can neither confirm nor deny."
Despite being on a major roll with Recovery, and his wildly received co-headlining dates with Jay-Z on the Home and Home Tour in Detroit and New York, it sounds like Em is slowing the train down again. He said he's "taking a break" for now, though he also revealed that he will release a third single from Recovery, though he declined to say which song it would be.
It's not like he's disappearing completely, even if Nicki Minaj is still shocked she got Em to lay down a verse on the track "Roman's Revenge" from her upcoming debut, Pink Friday. "It was the most fun song on Pink Friday," she told host Sway during this week's episode of "RapFix Live." "It gave me life. Absolutely, darling."
Perhaps less shocked, but no less psyched is Rihanna, who teams up with Em again on her upcoming album, Loud, for the sequel to their smash hit "Love the Way You Lie." On "Love (Part II)," the singer gets to tell her side of the story of a love affair gone wrong.
What do you think of Em considering another break after his successful comeback? Is it too soon? Tell us in the comments!