The Detroit rapper recently confirmed he's working on a new record
What’s it called?
It was thought the record would be called ‘Roots’, but new rumours suggest it will actually be titled ‘Success’. Nothing official has been confirmed at the time of writing, though the industry insider website Hits Daily Double claims it will be jointly released through Interscope, Dr. Dre’s label Aftermath and Eminem’s label Shady.
When’s it out?
According to that Hits Daily Double article, we can expect Eminem’s ninth album in autumn 2017. A mysterious Instagram photo was posted back in June (see below) . Two things you will notice here: for one, he’s kicking it with 2 Chainz. Two – and more importantly – he now has a beard. And people wondered if he was current enough in 2017.
Who features on it?
Strong rumours suggest Eminem is back in the studio with Dr. Dre. Dre played an instrumental role in launching Eminem’s career, and produced a number of his early hits including ‘My Name Is’ and ‘The Real Slim Shady’. However, the pair’s collaborations have become less frequent in recent years.
The director of HBO’s new documentary series about Dre and record label boss Jimmy Iovine, The Defiant Ones, has now claimed that he and Eminem are working together again.
“Dre still records,” Allan Hughes told Uproxx. “People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. 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?”
No guests have been officially confirmed by Eminem or his team, but there are plenty of rumours circulating online. Among them are Adele, Xzibit, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, Vince Staples, Kid Cudi and Mastein Bennett.
What’s the tracklisting?
A tracklist hasn’t been announced yet.
Have we seen the artwork yet?
There has been no artwork shared as yet.
What’s Eminem been doing since ‘The Marshall Mathers LP II’?
In 2014, Eminem released ‘Shady XV’, a compilation of tracks by artists on his own label, Shady Records. The release included acts such as D12, Dej Loaf, Skylar Grey, 50 Cent and Eminem himself, amongst others. The next year, the rapper put out another nostalgic release in ‘The Official Eminem Box Set’, in which all of his studio albums except for ‘Infinite’ were released on vinyl alongside the 8 Mile soundtrack, ‘Eminem Presents: The Re-Up’ and ‘Curtain Call: The Hits’.
Eminem was due to play the lead in boxing movie Southpaw, but Jake Gyllenhaal took the role instead. The musician still served as executive producer on the film’s soundtrack and contributed tracks ‘Kings Never Die’ (featuring Gwen Stefani) and ‘Phenomenal’. Elsewhere, The Weeknd, 50 Cent and The Notorious B.I.G. also appeared on the score.
In September 2016, he featured on Skylar Grey’s song ‘Kill For You’. It was taken from her album ‘Natural Causes’. A month later, he released his own new track ‘Campaign Speech‘, an eight-minute political freestyle that dissed Donald Trump.
In addition to this, he has produced the rap battle comedy Bodied, a satire about a dweeby wanna rapped called MC Goggles. It’s safe to say, then, that it looks like a change of pace from 8 Mile, the ground-breaking, hard-hitting and semi-autobiographical film that Eminem starred in a whopping 15 years ago.
In August, Eminem played two sets at Reading & Leeds. Neither were televised, but at Reading, the rapper wore a t-shirt emblazoned “FACK TRUMP”, while also outlining his political stance between songs.
“So Reading. I’m not about to stand up here and use this fucking stage as a platform to get all political and shit, but this motherfucker Donald Trump – I can’t stand him,” he said. He then led a call and response with the crowd, saying, “When I say ‘fuck’, you say ‘Trump’: Fuck Trump, Fuck Trump.” Watch footage of the moment below
Eminem continued his Trump-bashing in October with his most publicised moment in years, a seven-minute freestyle aired during the 2017 BET Awards. Addressing Trump throughout its entirety, Marshall Mathers took on topics including the NFL protest, America’s recent spate of hurricanes, Trump’s lavish trips to “his golf resorts and his mansions” and more.
“Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line—you’re either for or against,” he raps at one points, “And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this: fuck you.”
Will he be touring this year?
No new tour dates have been announced since Eminem headlined Reading & Leeds 2017.