Just over a year ago, Eminem revealed his comeback plans with the announcement of two albums set for 2009, Relapse and Relapse 2. While Slim Shady delivered on Relapse, its follow-up was postponed from the second half of ’09 to TBA 2010 to make way for his Relapse: Refill reissue late last year. However, Eminem made a rare appearance on Twitter yesterday to give fans a message — “Don’t worry. Some big news is coming. Soon” — perhaps hinting that there may finally be some movement on the Relapse 2 front.
“A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year. I was one of them,” Eminem said last March in a statement announcing the two albums. “Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.”
Then in December, after announcing Relapse: Refill would replace Relapse 2 on the release schedule, Em wrote, “Hopefully these tracks on The Refill will tide the fans over until we put out Relapse 2 next year. I got back in with Dre and then a few more producers, including Just Blaze, and went in a completely different direction which made me start from scratch. The new tracks started to sound very different than the tracks I originally intended to be on Relapse 2, but I still want the other stuff to be heard.”
In addition to tweeting the news that “big news” was coming, Eminem — an avid fan of the documentary King of Kong — also shared with fans his new high score on Donkey Kong: 465,800. “Peep the new high score. Just imagine if I had more free time…,” Eminem wrote. Not bad, but considering the DK world record was just broken again this month by a Queens, New York doctor (the record now stands at 1,063,700) Eminem has a long way to go.
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