The star helps out his pals Indigenous Tribe...

EMINEM is to be the guest star on a new release from virtual hiphop unknowns INDIGENOUS TRIBE, NME.COM can reveal.

The rap legend is an old friend with the Tribe’s frontman Fidel Garcia and got involved with their forthcoming single ‘The Fury’ after hearing the outfit rehearse it earlier this year in their hometown of Detroit, where Eminem also grew up.

Talking exclusively to NME.COM from their downtown studio, Garcia said he and Eminem – who he calls ‘Emsy’ – shared a house together from around 1993-7. At one point, Eminem was part of the shifting line-up of Indigenous Tribe, which now features five members, but has featured up to ten since he formed it 11 years ago.

Garcia said: “There were loads of us doing music, all in the same house. He had a room in the house and that’s how we met.”

As to how he ended up singing on that particular track, he said: “He just showed up at the studio one day and said he wanted to get on the song. He asked what the name was and he just went and wrote some stuff. That’s about it. So he’s rapping on it. It (‘The Fury”s) going pretty good, sounding great.”

Indigenous Tribe have released just one record in the UK, called ‘Flight 313’ which featured on a 1998 split single on Rephlex with techno artist Robert Ordell. However, the band are well-known on the US underground – and look set to emulate the chart success of recent Eminem collaborators D-12, whose debut UK single ‘Shit On You’ went straight into the UK charts at Number Ten earlier this year. Coincidentally, Indigenous Tribe have also been working on D12‘s new album.

They have also teamed up with the Wu-Tang Clan‘s Killarmy for their more imminent release , the five-track ‘Anatomy Of Destruction EP’, which is scheduled for release on May 28. The Eminem single will then follow in June, all through Gabriel Records (www.gabrielrecords.com).

To read the full interview, see this week’s NME, on sale around the UK today (May 23).