Despite not releasing any official music of his own, the reclusive MC appeared on Big Sean’s “No Favors” off his latest album I Decided, and landed two nominations for the 2017 MTV EMAs, leading many to believe that Shady is back.
Nearly a year later since he first teased the project, he’s yet to divulge any further details. After delivering a searing freestyle at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards – where he took aim at President Donald Trump, again -- the anticipation for the Detroit rapper’s official return to music is has reached a fever pitch with rumors sprouting up each day.
Check out everything we know so far about Eminem’s ninth studio album.
Just a week after releasing Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, 2 Chainz shared a series of photos on his social media with him and Eminem and a cryptic caption that read, “Sooo this jus happened ......#marshalllikestrapmusic.” Chainz spoke with DJ Drama about his meeting with Em and revealed that they did, in fact, work on a track together. “I’m feeling like, I’m finna knock him out -- I’m supposed to feel that way. I’m feeling like, I’m finna give it to him. I just did a song with Royce 5’9″, and I gave him some of the ATL flavor,” he told Drama.
“So Em telling me he listens to Kendrick, and he listens to me… He was telling me basically, a lot of my metaphors give him anxiety, he never knows what I’m gonna say… I’m like, ‘It’s really an honor with you saying this, because we know where you are as far as the food chain.” Could Em be embracing hip-hop’s current trap movement for his new album?
Mike 13 and Wale Might Appear on The Album
Back in November 2016, Mike 13 -- a guitarist who’s worked with the likes of Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill -- posted a photo of himself with Wale and revealed that the DC rapper and Eminem were in the lab cooking something up. “Just found out I'm going to be playing guitar on a new single featuring this guy & @Eminem! Pretty fuckin pumped...never worked w @Wale before,” he wrote in the post.
Wale and Eminem haven’t revealed what exactly they’ve worked on, and since Eminem wasn’t featured on Wale’s latest album Shine, their collaboration just might land on Em’s long-awaited effort.
FredWreck Teases a Chorus Off An Upcoming Eminem Track
FredWreck, who cut his teeth working with Dr. Dre and his Aftermath label, built up anticipation for Em’s impending album by posting a video of a female vocalist singing a hook of a song he said is a part of Em’s project.
“You’re hiding behind the pain/ I found sunshine hiding behind the rain,” the vocalist sang “I found peace at the ending of every fight/ I found darkness, it always leads to the light.” The singer in the video is a woman named Jenn Em. Wreck’s caption first read, “The talented Jenn Em laying down vocals for another Em #aftermath,” but he’s since shortened the caption to “The talented Jenn Em layin down vocals.”
Dr. Dre Has a Hand in the New Album
Em and Dre share a mutual admiration and respect for each other, since they worked together on Eminem’s breakout 1999 hit “My Name Is,” so it’s no surprise that Eminem would enlist Dr. Dre to produce on his new album, his first project in four years.
While promoting the HBO four-part documentary The Defiant Ones, Allan Hughes, director of the docu-series, revealed to Uproxx that Dr. Dre is working on new music with his former protégé. “Dre still records. People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day,” Hughes said. “He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? But I hear what you’re saying. It’s the truth.”
Mr. Porter Will Also Handle Production on the Album
Eminem has remained mum wherever his album is concerned, but his go-to producer Mr. Porter previously teased fans that the album is “amazeballs” and is complete. He later backtracked on his comments on the album, and told Complex that he was only “trolling the trollers.”
“Anytime they come in there, they can expect to get trolled with any kind of question like that," he told Complex. "I'm never the person to give up that kind of information. I might say, 'Hey, we're working on it' or 'Hey, we're close.' But I'm never going to be the guy that gives up the information. But they can get trolled.”
Porter might have been taunting fans, but DJ Booth reached out to a representative for Eminem, who told the outlet that Em’s album is indeed complete.