"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.
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.