Eminem - Relapse [Deluxe]
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Release date: 19 May 2009
Shady’s back – but the tired retreads and schlock horror make it a joyless return
He created a monster, and just like in all the best B-movie horror flicks, the monster came back to destroy him. Five albums spent channelling the pill-guzzling psycho Slim Shady left his creator, Marshall Mathers in the grip of drug dependency, crapping out of his European tour to promote 2004’s tired ‘Encore’ and checking into rehab to shake an addiction to prescription pills. For a...
- May 25, 2009
A sequel, of sorts, to 2000’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ that revisits and elaborates the rapper’s mythology
- Nov 15, 2013
The real Slim Shady is standing once more, and his return to form is all the more convincing for its honesty
- Jun 28, 2010
Goodbye mushroom trips, hello guilty trips
- Dec 8, 2005
Promo for Number One single is revealed
The single went to Number One in the Official UK Singles Chart in November 2013
The promo sees the rapper channeling '80s TV character Max Headroom
Eminem - Relapse [Deluxe]: Wikipedia Album Entry
Relapse is the sixth studio album by American rapper Eminem, released May 15, 2009, on Interscope Records. It is his first album of original material since Encore (2004), following a five-year hiatus from recording due to his addiction to sleeping pills and issues with writer's block. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2007 to 2009 at several recording studios, and production was handled primarily by Dr. Dre Mark Batson, and Eminem. Conceptually, Relapse concerns the ending of his drug rehabilitation, rapping after a fictional relapse, and the return of his Slim Shady alter-ego.
The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 608,000 copies in its first week. One of the most anticipated album releases of 2009, it ultimately sold over 1.9 million copies in the United States and spawned three singles that attained chart success. Upon its release, Relapse received generally mixed reviews from most music critics, who were mostly divided in their responses towards Eminem's lyrics and themes. It earned him Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the promotional single Crack A Bottle (Album Version (Explicit)) at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
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