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Eminem Plays Willie Wonka

Obie Trice record offers chance to watch Shady work

September 3, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Eminem fans wanting the chance to catch the motormouthed rapper at work will have to lend their ears to one of his proteges. The rapper will include three "Golden Tickets" in the first pressing of Obie Trice's new album, Cheers, that will grant fans a Willy Wonka-ish opportunity to visit Eminem's Detroit studio to watch him record his next album.

"Everybody's always doing the same shit with their records," Trice said. "Buy my album, get a DVD, get a free poster, get a piece of my toilet seat. Fuck all that shit. When I was a kid I would have given a nut to win something like this."

Trice's record is hotly tipped as a blockbuster-in-waiting, and its first pressing of 500,000 (a bit lower than Eminem's projection that it "will sell 60 million copies") will give fans roughly a one-in-166,666 chance to win the expenses-paid visit to Motor City.

Eminem brought Trice on board for "Drips," a track from last year's The Eminem Show, and also helped him land a role in the film 8 Mile, but Cheers, due September 23rd, will be his first release. "I'm just happy to be here," Trice told Rolling Stone of the album's title. "A lot of people where I'm from, they didn't make it. I'm cheers-ing my first album."

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