Eminem’s ‘Relapse’ Springs a Leak
In this "get it for free" music era, it's not difficult for eager fans to get a sneak peak of an album before it actually hits stores. The latest victim: Eminem. The rapper's comeback album 'Relapse' leaked onto the 'net this week. All 20 -- yes, I said 20 -- tracks of the rapper's first album in five years were unleashed two weeks before the actual release date. A few tracks from the album were being sprinkled around the 'net in the last couple of weeks, including the most recent offering 'Old Time's Sake,' featuring Dr. Dre.
Sticking with the obvious drug theme, 'Relapse' features several tracks that give some insight into Em's addiction while showing a vulnerable side via a series of confessions and revelations. On 'My Mom,' the rapper rhymes about inheriting his drug problems from his mother. He discusses his 2007 hospitalization for a near-overdose on 'Deja Vu' and admits to suffering from depression on 'Beautiful.'
Slim Shady's dark side is in full effect on '3 a.m.' and 'Same Song & Dance.' Eminem enters the mind of a serial killer on '3 a.m.,' which was released two weeks ago, and reflects on his 2005 stint at the Brighton rehabilitation facility in Detroit.
But it wouldn't be an Eminem album without the usual digs at pop culture. The rapper takes a stab at Jessica Simpson, Sarah Palin, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan in the video for the goofy single. While the aformentioned celebutantes are tossed together in 'We Made You,' Eminem manages to dedicate a whole song to pop/r&b diva Mariah Carey on 'Bagpipes From Baghdad.'
The one constant on 'Relapse' is Dr. Dre's production. We've definitely heard better Dre beats, but each track feels like it meshes perfectly with each of Eminem's personalities.
In related news, Eminem will perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 15, 19 and 22.