Eminem enters the road to Recovery and further elaborates on his pill-popping past, as if we hadn’t heard enough.

Eminem enters the road to Recovery and further elaborates on his pill-popping past, as if we hadn't heard enough.

As he is wont to do, Eminem has taken to Twitter to announce that “There is no Relapse 2,” and, as news of the album’s demise spread shock waves across the collective music community, it turns out Marshall Mathers was just beginning to tell us the news. Later in the day, in the afternoon or thereabouts, Eminem consoled our aching hearts and once again infused the world with hope, as he announced that he will still be releasing a new album, this one titled Recovery.

As reported earlier, Relapse 2 was originally scheduled for a 2009 release. Eminem explained the change in title, and subject matter, in a prepared statement: “I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year 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.”

Recovery features collaborations with Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Jim Jonsin, and Boi-1da. Details about a release date, first single, or whether or not the tracks produced by Dr. Dre (originally scheduled for Relapse 2) will be included have not been revealed. But what we can mostly likely expect is an album where we learn of Eminem’s struggles with drugs, his relationship with his daughter, the challenges of fame, and how a young artist handles the demands of creativity. Sounds like a fresh new product born of Eminem’s bouts with addiction!

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