Eminem took a five-year break between albums before he released Relapse and Recovery in consecutive years. Now, with two handfuls of Grammy nominations, will the Detroit lyricist be putting out another album anytime soon?
According to Alex Da Kid, who produced Em's "Love the Way You Lie," the veteran MC is always working, so it's within the realm of possibility.
"We're constantly working and we never know what projects the things we're working on will land," he told MTV News. "But we have great musical chemistry, so he's someone I pray to work with for the rest of my career, hopefully.
"I think he's in a great position where [he and Dr. Dre] can make music," he continued. "And whenever they feel like it, they can put it out. There's not a label telling them what to do, because they've been so successful, so it's really up to him."
Eminem will be plenty busy this year whether he puts out a new project or not. He announced last week two new signings to Shady Records: underground supergroup Slaughterhouse and upstart rapper Yelawolf.
Em called the acquisitions the next leg in his company's evolution, from D12 and Cashis (both still signed to the label) to Yelawolf and his new collective, which features Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I.
"Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it's kinda phase two of Shady," Eminem explained in a statement. "It's the new generation of Shady Records, and as we're trying to rebuild our label, it's exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody's capable of on the mic, it's gonna be fun."