For "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," Eminem set himself a challenge: to re-create the moment when people first heard him on record

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Eminem will perform Nov. 2 on "Saturday Night Live" and again the next night at the YouTube Music Awards, where he's nominated for artist of the year. In February 2014, he'll embark on a four-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, supported by J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, the latter the latest in a line of Dr. Dre proteges that includes Snoop Dogg and Eminem himself.

"What he's doing right now, it's pretty fucking incredible," Eminem says of Lamar, sounding genuinely excited. "He seems like this kid that's just full of life and happy to be here. The impact he's had over just the last couple of years. it's been really fun for me to watch."

As for whether there will be a Marshall Mathers LP 3 in 2026, don't bank on it.

"I hope not," Eminem says. "I don't know what I'll be doing as far as whether I'll still be making music-I'd like to keep doing it as long as I still have the passion for it. But I hope to always be involved in hip-hop in one form or another. Because when it comes down to it, this is really all I know."

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