Next Eminem Album? Most Eminem fans thirst for new material like crack, because Em’s songs are so addictive. It’s crack music.

Em has been notoriously selective throughout his career, making sure to make each album a truly new chapter, making much less guest appearances than most (until recently) and intentionally making people wait for and anticipate his next work.

Eminem and his team fully appreciate the element of surprise, and always want fans to want more.

This is the Eminem we’re used to, we expect to wait about two years between albums.

Since his comeback (2009, not 2010 as critics keep stating) however, Em has treated us to a much more regular rate of output, giving us an official release for the last three years in a row…

First, he comes back with the incredibly lyrical Relapse – in 2009.
Next, he creates a commercial smash, Recovery – in 2010.
Then, he gives us a slice of hip-hop heaven with the Bad Meets Evil EP, Hell: The Sequel – in 2011.

We’re now into 2012, but nobody is quite sure what to expect from him this year. There are light murmurs of a new solo album, but this is more-so just wishful chatter amongst fans as there’s been absolutely no confirmation of a new album by Eminem himself, or anybody close to him.

There is talk of the next D12 album which is presumably next up, after Em finishes helping Slaughterhouse with their Shady debut, but there’s been no real official confirmation beyond the odd hint from Bizarre (which has been happening since 2007). Royce did say to look out for a D12 album soon, in the behind the scenes video of the Shady 2.0 cypher though.

Bad Meets Evil

Even though we had the Bad Meets Evil EP in 2011, this was obviously a collaboration with Royce and not new solo material, though it did show Em with yet another slight evolution in style and execution.

He’s still screaming out his verses with eye-popping intensity as he was on Recovery, but his content is becoming even more focused in battle-rap subject-matter, he continues to experiment with fast-to-slow flow patterns and he’s using anger ever more so to emphasize punchlines.

Personally, I can’t see a new Eminem album any sooner than late 2012 because not only is he currently heavily involved with the creation, production and mastering of the Slaughterhouse Shady debut album but assuming a new D12 album is next, that will take up most of 2012 in terms of creation and release. And he usually handles a lot of the production there too. All of this is bound to take a lot out of him creatively. I think 2013 even may be a more realistic date for new solo material.

By June of this year, it will have been two years since Recovery.

Leaving potential release dates aside, what do you actually expect from Em on his next album?

Now, I purposely chose the word ‘expect’ here as, what you may want and what you expect could be two different things. So, judging by his current style as we’ve heard in his most recent appearance – the Shady 2.0 Cypher (BET), and judging from the reaction to Recovery (as he clearly listens and cares now), and whatever other factors you would like to add into the mix… what do you actually EXPECT for the next album. Where do you think he’s going to go conceptually, musically and stylistically?

I myself, actually have no idea what to expect. It would seem obvious to conclude that he may follow his recent trend of punchlines and sung hooks but, Eminem evolves his sound and execution every album. He sounds totally different in one way or another, each time round. So I wouldn’t expect any different next time. For some reason though, I do have this unfounded but distinct suspicion that no significant evolution will take place, next time. And I have no real reason to think he’d stop changing at this point, but he just seems really stuck in this current style of loud production, sung hooks and puns.

It would be foolish to ever consider Eminem predictable though. Whilst he may swim in similar waters content-wise, he continues to totally refresh himself stylistically.

Consider Encore, consider how accepted and loved Eminem was in the mainstream at that time, consider how known he was all over the globe. Then, there’s a five year gap, then comes Relapse. Now, I don’t think a single Eminem fan alive, if they were being honest could say they predicted Relapse. I’m not saying nobody expected him to come back with something offensive but, after such a silly yet accessible album in Encore, and to be at THAT level… and then to come back with an insanely focused, insanely dark lyrical album with a serial-killer theme and obsessive talk of prescription medication throughout? I mean, there’s just no way I could have predicted him coming back with something like that.

Then again, right after that, he comes with Recovery. Which, isn’t actually as ‘mainstream’ (implying it’s soft or watered down) as some keep suggesting. I mean, the opening track pretty much verbally bites your face off for even daring to spin the CD, and he’s as aimlessly angry and vile as I’ve ever heard him be throughout an entire album. He’s consistently impassioned and raging, but to go from Relapse to Recovery, in terms of sound / style… again, totally unexpected.

If you listen to Em’s verse on the Shady 2.0 Cypher (BET), you will actually notice some slight alterations to style… he is still writing puns for the thrill of it but, he’s really taken to this idea of using shouting to emphasize comedy. I did mention this earlier but it’s very evident here. You’ll notice Em go from soft to loud – he starts off softer, giving you the feed line and then raps more intensely and loudly for the punchline… it’s actually quite an interesting technique. It may seem trivial to some to dissect such relatively minor alteration and execution, but I think it’s taken for granted how much he does actually experiment with pitch, tone, flow and just rap styles as a whole.

In fact, I don’t think I’ve heard any rapper experiment and change as readily or with as much dedication.

On his next album (if there is one)… I think what we may see is, a continuation of this style and perhaps more concepts and storytelling. I don’t think it will be particularly hard for Em to come up with new ideas all in all, but I do think it’ll be hard to hang the next album on a theme as he has with all his other albums. As he truly has used up the last chunk of recent ‘life material’ now.

Eminem Writing

People say this every album and he always then comes back with stuff to talk about, but what’s changed is the fact that Em has covered his childhood and personal relationships now and seemingly doesn’t want to rely on that for material anymore. He’s also covered fame, isolation and depression at length… and his drug addiction, the death of Proof and his return to stardom completely consumed Relapse and Recovery. So he truly is up to date now.

I am actually glad that he is up to date and done with the past too, as frankly, I think introspection is a waste of his talent. Don’t get me wrong, he sometimes reaches tremendous heights of lyricism and depth when he goes in that direction, but as a whole, I find it monotonous due to the fact it’s barely art. All self-expression or intended art, IS art, but I mean… it’s not creative. Eminem is one of the most creative rappers to ever pick up a pen when he wants to be, so it’s an absolute shame to see him whither his talents away in self-indulgence and repetitive life documenting. I don’t bubble up at the thought of new material from him so that I can catch up on his latest trials and tribulations, I’m not a fan of soap opera. I tune in for his lyrical genius and potential creativity – I want to be blown away with originality and skill.

Eminem Having said this, Recovery did actually satisfy my urges in most respects. It gets noted as an ‘introspective album’ when in reality, there are only a few tracks that truly document the struggle. The other tracks are more abstract and either indulge in battle rhymes (“Cold Wind Blows”, “On Fire”, “Won’t Back Down”), fictional love tales (“Space Bound”, “Love the Way You Lie”) or high-concepts (“25 to Life, “Cinderella Man”, “Almost Famous”), there’s quite a variety. Recovery is actually a really good album which, whilst being very insular and inwardly searching (which makes total sense given that it’s, Eminem’s… recovery) – does reach for the stars in many respects. I think it’s just the loud and inconsistent production that lets it down. I think if Em had produced it, it could have been a classic to me.

As for the next album, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

64 thoughts to “What Do You Expect from Eminem on His Next Album?

  • santhosh sharma

    hey….shit man EMINEM you’re too good when you/re alone actually far better than this !!!
    you’re voice defines the biggest hits u need no feat…..den why these slaughter house……??
    jus make ur own good man…….the world is waitin for a new shit from u !!!

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    • bryce

      yo bro he does it because they are under eminems studio (shady productions) and it adds another story, as the article says above, for his albums

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    • Dylan

      I hope he comes out with another album so bad eminem is the best

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  • reggieflows

    i just hope eminem raps about the meaningful stuff…. i love that type of stuff…. and his best albums in order are 1. The Eminem Show 2. The Slim Shady LP 3. The Marshall Mathers LP 4. Recovery 5. Encore 6. Relapse 7.Relapse Refill…… but i just don’t like how with bad meets evil hes doin those tricku rhyme patterns woth punchlines iean hey put some meaning in the song like you usually do! but eminem you out he king of rap!!!!

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  • Jay Shrader

    if he dont come back, im takin his place!!

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    • Big M

      haha you funny kid !! no one from the biggest rappers in the world can take his place ,, so how can you even think about it ,, Stop hating ,, or have a little respect for the people who better then you !!

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  • Jay Shrader

    Eminem better come out wt a new one, if he dont hes wasting alot of skill!! besides i love his music i kill someone for it.

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  • J-Patt

    I think a 50 and Dre feature is due. A Yelawolf feature, no Slaughter cause they were featured on the previous album in the bonus tracks. I also think a Jay Z song will appear because of their tour they did in D and in NYC. I liked to see a Recovery and White America passion with tastes from his first two albums. I think we’ll see a lot of Renegade, Cypher, and Hell the Sequel flow and style. But he needs to bring some nasal high pitched my name is back. lol

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    • Silent Q

      I think collaborations with 50 and Dre are something we all want to here too. The biggest thing i would love to hear on his new album would be a track with DJ Premier.

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      • bob

        we all want your mu’s screams on it they’re so loud.
        i no cos we did 69er and anal last night

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  • LLMoh

    I wish Em could sing a song in his new album, I mean sing for the whole song not just the chorus. please come back Em, we miss you.

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  • DJ jamboss

    well, from now in may 2012 he said there will be a new album, so he’s recording new s/h/i/t/ and he will release a new track before the end of summer.

    a boxing-drama film ”southpaw” will also come out probably this year or possible, early 2013.

    but anyway, no one knows wat hes rappin’ ’bout so let’s just wait & see!!!!!!!!!

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  • jed

    He will come out with another album. 40 doesn’t mean anything. The true greats last at least until 50. LL, Snoop, Cube, Jay, 2pac would have been the same if he hadn’t got popped. People always think his last album was his last for his career. People have said that after every album after The Eminem Show…with the exception of Relapse because he promised a Relapse 2 which later became Recovery, style wasn’t expected but the album was. I personally think he should do an album called “The Eminem Show 2”. Em is the greatest alive and will not disappoint. He will just make us wait for it. I mean people say Encore is his worst album, which I agree with, but even that is a classic Rap album.

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    • Wyalok

      Are you saying that Eminems forty? Pretty sure he’s only thirty.

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      • E23

        He’s 39, he’ll be 40 in October

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      • kdognig

        your a stupid fuck

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        • bob

          says the thick arse motherfucker himself.
          he’s 40 u dumb shit

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    • Keith

      Eminem should make an album called Shadys farewell, cause I don’t think he can go any further with Shady, so I think he should make a final tribute to his alter ego, and if he does retire, he should make an album before that called The Eminem Show:Final Curtain Call

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      • clare

        WTF has age gotta do with it?? Eminem is the most talented and in my opionion the best rapper ever. If you can continuously write new amazing material which is a hit then why should u stop just because u are reaching 40. In this day and age 40 is still young and it wouldnt matter if he was 60 and still doing it cus its the music that is amazing and its the music that we judge not the age of someone. People are clearly jealous or cant think of anything else to say negative of him if age is the only thing they can think of to say!!! bore of haters and ‘if youve got nothing nice to say dont say nothing’ EMINEM i love you and have done since the start, cant wait for new material soon and just keeping writing those amazing lyrics cus its what u do best!!!! 😀

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  • Parker Miles

    Eminem is producing Yelawolf’s second album in June. So most likely won’t release a album this year. To the guy who said Shadyl is signing horseshoe gang and hopsin is that rumor or real??

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    • Matt

      Hey signed a gang called slaughterhouse. They just released an ablum under Shady records.

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  • Ryan

    Maybe him and Jay-Z can do some songs about being a dad lol. Who knows it may be good I meanopiates to Renagade. Whatever he does I’m sure it will be awesome. I would also like some Obie Trice and Yelawolf mixed in there along with more 50 cent and Dr. Dre than usual.

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  • Ryan

    I think he is gunna come out with a double album. he is gunna act out his Slim Shady Persona and another Marshall Mathers. Entitled “Judgement Day” as his last album. 2pac says a double date laced with hate, wait for the Judgement day on Soulja like me

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    • name

      he says a double date laced with hate/MAKE EM PRAY for the judgement day

      and that’s from an old tupac song. has nothing to do with eminem.

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  • Marshall mathers

    I think his next album should be called stronger then ever

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    • Daniel

      He will never do that – he knows how to spell ‘than’.

      (or are you implying that Eminem will be strong and then not be strong for the rest of his time…?)

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      • Remon

        Daniel, you made my day.

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  • j.r

    i don’t know much english but one thing i need to say:
    eminem plz come back the whole world love you i wish you rap for 1000 years later

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  • hamood

    what ever if EMINEM is going to put a album its going to be awesome because EMINEM said in the song from RECOVERY in the song talkin 2 myself he said:so here something to prove the fans because i feel like i let them down so thats means that MARSHALL is from now on is going to put the best albums for the fans

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  • Jacob

    i think he should have another curtains up and curtains down skits, just like in the eminem show and encore

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    • 2lgt

      he need to make another Emin3m show CD OR ANOTHER MOVIE

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      • 2lgt

        IT WOULD BE CRAZY

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  • Dan

    i think he’ll have another album or at least an ep he’s doing bad meets evil why wouldn’t he have more solo albums? And have you heard of his song about proof called doody? look it up on youtube it came out in 2011. i like his style on infinite his new stuff is good but his old stuff is better

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    • Devin

      dudey was recorded in like 2007 I think, and was just recently leaked

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  • royce

    guys i dont wanna be a dick about it…but lets be real…he’s like 40 ok…after D12’s album i dont think he’s gonna put another album out…he’s gonna be behind Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf and hopefully after D12 steps back they gonna sign new artists like Hopsin,HorseShoe GANG etc

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    • YoMama

      Bro …. he might be 40 but hes at the top of his game right now … age does NOT make a difference … look at Dr.Dre he is old as fuck and still could out rap some of these rappers out there at the moment…. it’s all about the $$$ , you have to have $$$ to run a business. Sorry to tell ya but i dont think he is done .. after all he just got back!

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    • Comet

      He’s not done. He said hes not gonna let us down again hes not gonna retire for another 10 years at least look at Dre. Hes also at the top of his game now he knows that and everyone knows that.

      Hes just helping the new guys to come through and hes just trying to get them as good as he is and trying to leave this game something so when he goes… He wont really be gone.

      Before you think hes stepping down and singing someone new to take his spot, perhapse you should listen to ”
      Till I Collapse”

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    • Marky

      BET CYPHER , em says quit with the roomers I’m gonna rap until I’m fossil fuel.. He ain’t done

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    • P3AC3MAk3R

      Hes still got a voice, he can talk, he can ryhme, hes gonna have another album, look at all them old rappers out there, hes not done yet ive seen rappers in there 50s.

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    • eminems

      trust me. he wouldn’t do that. he already said he feels like he let us (his fans) down he’s not gonna do it again. he wouldn’t he couldn’t and he won’t

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    • E23

      Jay-z is older than Eminem, still putting out music, snoop, they just slow down

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      • clare

        I commented earlier on someone else’s post who was saying eminems almost 40 blah blah blah and as I said before It really dunt matter what his age is! come on its 21st century guys, 40 is young in this day and age! It shouldnt even be a discussion! He can write the best lyrics and looks good doing it so I hope he just carries on doing what he does best! The good thing about eminem is he can always find something new to write about! Hes done angry dark songs about his childhood etc and hes done funny piss take songs too.He can always find sumut new and fresh to write about! He is far from predictable like some rappers are. I would like to see dr dre and 50 and d12 on his next albumn too just cus they all work so well together! I am a massive fan and always have been since i was 15 and im 28 now! When im having a bad day i can always count on an eminem song to sort me out and make me think f@*k it! We need some new material soon marshall thank u, please!!

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        • cody

          eminem is the best

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  • Cody

    I agree, Eminem has definitely exhausted the idea of rapping about his past. I would like to see him change his mind and come out with Relapse 2, an idea he already scrapped.

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    • em67

      Enough with relaps man its getting old god when em mad it was good but it started getting reall anoying then relaps refill. great ablum now its recovery great he now doing good with his drugs and shit then bad meets evil returns awesome. Now make something new like the song with hollywood undead that was awesome. sing about old shit like when he first started do some shit with kid rock again. u k. like come on guys really dont u wona here something new from him.

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  • Jay

    I agree that a new solo album is not likely to drop this year. However, with the D12 project and his ongoing collaborations, I expect that we should still see plenty of Em in 2012. Hopefully, 2013 will bring a new album!

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  • Jacob Newbury

    I really am intrigued by this article as many of your thoughts and opinions are similar to my own. Many differences between the last album and an album of the caliber of The Eminem Show in my opinion in the production. Although Recovery struck a new chord if you will with hook-sung chorus’ and louder produced tracks from lets faced it, very talented producer in Hip Hop (Just Blaze, Havoc and Boi-1-da), it was the Eminem style we’re use too. Eminem ‘s production is tight, no quarms, period. Maybe that is what I’d like to see from his future material, but what do I expect?, I expect a mixture of the Eminem Show type material, story based with in sync production and a style from Recovery and Hell the Sequel, hard and gritty with some emotion in them! I know you’re from the UK, what are your opinions of this?

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