"I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year," Eminem said in a statement. "But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title."
The new album — which features production from DJ Khalil, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da, among others — will drop June 22.
Last week, Blaze told MTV News that he'd been working on new songs for Eminem, saying of the album: "It's getting there, but we still got a lot of work." Though he was sworn to secrecy, Blaze did reveal that "a lot of good music is being made. ... He's really back spitting. The wordplay is crazy, the metaphors are crazy. He's really back on his game. He had his ups, he had his downs, he's back way, way, way up. This is definitely going to be up there with the best of his albums, for sure, for sure. The fact that he's branched out working with a lot of different people now, collaborating in a lot of different ways that he never has before, I think he's going to surprise a lot of people."
Last year, Em told fans Relapse 2 was "extremely close to being finished. It just depends on how many songs I wanna put on it."
The project was pushed back until this year, and he took to Twitter on Wednesday to tell the world he had changed his mind. "There is no Relapse 2," he wrote. It was the first tweet from the rapper since March 29, when he promised, "Don't worry. Some big news is coming. Soon."
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