Eminem Endorses Red Bull on New Song "For Old Time's Sake," Featuring Dr. Dre: "It's An Incredible Energy Drink," Says Rapper

I suppose that the excitement behind the promise of an Eminem comeback was the implication that the guy was coming back for a reason. He'd been in rehab in 2005. His best friend was shot and killed in 2006, the same year he remarried and then redivorced his wife. His daughter, whose baby talk and wide-eyed, uncomprehending assists on various Eminem revenge fantasies and family tell-alls had made her the most famous toddler in music, is now a teenager--not exactly the time to be absenting yourself as a father. He's the best-selling rapper in history, one of a handful of musicians on the planet with nothing left to prove, whose pseudo-retirement in 2005 corresponded almost exactly with the precipitous decline of the industry as a whole. When he left, he handed the keys to 50 Cent, a rapper who surely didn't forget to tell Eminem once or twice in ensuing years exactly how much fun it was to be an artist in an era when records sell one-tenth of what they used to and TRL no longer exists. Eminem made more money than even a hardcore drug addict could comfortably spend in one lifetime, and ducked out before the advent of TMZ. The only possible reason a guy like that would come back would be because he had a burning desire to do so, right?

And yet, on the strength of four songs --"Crack a Bottle," "We Made You," "3 A.M.," and now "Old Time's Sake," which just leaked this morning--it's nearly impossible to figure out what's motivating Eminem to rap in 2009. And though the craft is on a slow upward burn--"3AM," for all the jerking off to the Neve Campbell/Skeet Ulrich sex scene in Scream zero-content horrorcore lyrics, was technically dazzling, and "Old Time's Sake" has a kind of swagger that's been conspicuously missing to date, although that brutal crutch of an accent remains--it's completely baffling that Eminem's returning to a wrecked industry and even more ravenous tabloid culture to peddle a series of track 11-type filler. These are below average songs by a great rapper--his old records are full of 'em, and god knows it's not a crime to rap well about not much over production by Dr. Dre. "Old Time's Sake"--on which Dre fully embraces the faux-Dre cadence of the reference tracks Eminem ghostwrites for him--is about getting high and angry and laid, three things you'd think both MCs would be over by now. There are some weird product endorsements--Verizon Wireless, Creatine, Hpnotiq, Red Bull. "It's an incredible energy drink, and it's giving me wings," he says about that last one. Which, if nothing else, is further evidence that in 2009, Eminem's best friend is very likely his own television. Maybe that's why he's coming back?


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Eminem at MTV Movie Awards

Eminem will be performing at the MTV Movie Awards on May 31. His performance comes just days after the release of his new album Relapse. No word on whether he'll be performing his single "We Made You," which could potentially insult most of the people in the audience at the show.

Eminem Opens Up About Getting Clean

Sporting his natural dark brown hair color, Eminem graces the latest cover of Vibe magazine in which the Rapper talks candidly about his battle with prescription drugs. Em's hair is not the only thing that is no longer being altered by chemicals these days, as he says he's been sober for a year and he wants his new album, Relapse, to make the statement that he is back and stronger than ever.

"It was a slow process. You gotta remember I hadn't recorded a song sober in seven years. So it took me awhile to even feel like I could record a song sober," Em told Vibe. "I don't know the last time I shot a video sober, without drinking or taking anything. It's been years."

He also admitted that he "almost died" during his bout with addiction, and that he began to understand what his mother went through with her own dependency. The pair has feuded publicly over the years.

"It's no secret I had a drug problem," he told Vibe. "If I was to give you a number of Vicodin I would actually take in a day? Anywhere between 10 to 20. Valium, Ambien, the numbers got so high I don't even know what I was taking... It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family. Now that I understand that I'm an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it."

The 20 tracks on Relapse include four skits and 16 songs, one of which is "Crack A Bottle" featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. There are no other guests featured on the album besides 50 and Dre. The next two singles, "Old Time’s Sake" and "Beautiful," will be released through iTunes on May 5 and May 12, respectively. The record comes out on May 19.

"I almost feel like a little kid again with rap," Em said. "I wanna play around with different flows. If I don't feel like it's what I'm fully capable of, if there's one weak line, I wanna change it. Rap was my drug. It used to get me high and then it stopped getting me high. Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel that. Now rap's getting me high again."

Eminem And Dr. Dre's 'Old Time's Sake' Leaks One Day Early

It wasn't supposed to drop until Tuesday, but you know how these things go. With such high-profile

artists as Eminem and Dr. Dre, there's no such thing as 

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releasing music on its proper date. The latest 
track off of Slim Shady's upcoming Relapse, "Old Time's Sake," has already leaked online.

"Crack a Bottle" has a cruising vibe. "We Made You" is Em coming with his satirical slapstick, and "3 A.M." is maniacal. But "Old Time's Sake" has more of a party vibe. Produced by Dre, the record has the familiar West Coast bounce, and the Doc himself leads it off with a simple sing-songy flow — and very adult content.

"I'm Dre from back in the day/ From N.W.A./ From black and the gray from," the Cali legend raps. "Choking a bi---, from smacking her face from/ Stacking up bodies/ To packing the Ks up."

Dre insists that there is still no competition for him and his Detroit friend.

"Speak of the devil, it's attack of the Rain Man," Em comes in with his patented, almost Caribbean-sounding cadence. "Chainsaw in hand, bloodstain on my apron. ..."

On the chorus, Em asks Dre: "So one more time for old time's sake/ Dre drop that beat and scratch that break/ Just send a little bit of that smoke my way, and let's go."

There is no word yet on whether or not Em and Dre will shoot a video for the new song, but the record will be officially available on iTunes on Tuesday. On May 12, iTunes will release yet another Relapse single, this one titled "Beautiful." A week from that date, we all know what time it is: the long-anticipated launch of the full Relapse.

On Saturday, Cinemax premiered the video for "3 A.M." In it, Slim Shady appears out of his mind. The rapper's character talks to a naked mannequin and takes a bath in a tub filled with blood and corpses, but not before he chops off people's fingers. 

This report is from MTV News.

Under the Scalpel 05.07.09: Eminem, Bell X1, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga & more

minem finally gives a reason to anticipate Relapse, Bell X1 starts making an impact across the pond, Katy Perry surprises me, Lady Gaga doesn't, and more. These biased reviews are proudly brought to you by the sometimes humorous, always heartless guitarist of the hard rock band that is opening for Korn on May 23 – A Simple Complex.
Eminem – 3am
Hope For Relapse

After being thoroughly unimpressed with "We Made You," "Crack A Bottle," and a handful of Eminem's latest freestyles, I recently wrote, "I hope something else on Relapse, or its scheduled follow-up album, saves Em from the cut-out bin at the CD shops." 

With Em's new single "3am," I have a feeling of renewed hope. I wouldn't call this song a full return to glory, but it is a very promising sign that Relapse and its sister album may have some tracks that will appeal to fans of his earlier (darker and more controversial) material.

"3am" feels like a combination of a few of Em's other songs. The music sounds a bit like a slower version of "8 Mile." His vocal style mimics "Ass Like That," where Em overuses a silly accent that sounds more like a cartoon character or puppeteer than an MC. And, the song's story evokes memories of "Murder Murder." 

In "3am," the song's protagonist is an orphaned serial killer who experiences violent episodes after ingesting alcohol, pharmaceuticals and hallucinogens. References to a bucket, a hose and lotion indicate that the song was modeled around Jame Gumb, the fictional serial killer from the story The Silence of The Lambs. Em's character often recovers from a blacked-out state to discover dead bodies everywhere. 

"I remember the first time I dismembered a family member,
December I think it was,
I was having drinks with my cousin,
And I wrapped him in Christmas lights, 
Pushed him into the stinking tub,
Cut him up into pieces and just when I went to drink his blood,
I thought I ought to drink his bath water,
That ought to be fun."

If the lyrics make you feel the slightest bit nauseous, take my advice when I say do not watch this song's video.

In his trademark style, Em throws in plenty of distasteful comic relief into his gory tale. Lyrics include kissing a naked male mannequin and masturbating to Hannah Montana so vigorously that he "bust(s) all over the wall panel and dismantl(es) every candle on top of the fireplace mantle." 

Em reclaims his throne as today's top wordsmith in the MC game with "3am." His flow is at its prime, as evidenced in how effortlessly he crafts and delivers complex and clever rhymes.

"Right there's the coroner, 
Waiting for ya to turn the corner,
So he can corner ya,
You're a goner, 
He's onto ya,
Out the corner of his cornea, he just saw ya run."

If you can overlook the overuse of Em's newer, goofy-sounding vocal style, this song easily compares to his best work of the past. I finally look forward to the release of Relapse

Eminem Almost Died from Drug Addiction

Eminem's incessant references to drugs in his comeback campaign may seem like a publicity exploit, but it's more realistic than assumed. First there's his album title, Relapse -- to suffer a deterioration after a period of improvement. Then there's the artwork made out of a montage of -- yes, you guessed it -- pills. Finally, Eminem launched a website called Pompsomphills.com as part of a viral media strategy.

Em also to came clean on his drug addiction in a recent interview with Vibe. 
Says Slim Shady: 
"My doctor told me the amount of methadone I'd taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin. Even when they told me I almost died, it didn't click. For a long time he did not admit that he had an addiction. “I did not understand that it ran in our family. Now that I have had an addiction, I have a lot of sympathy for my mother.” 
Expect Eminem to address the issue further on his eagerly awaited 5th solo album, Relapse, due May 19. As long as he doesn't hit us over the head with "Vicodin this, methadone that," we should be fine.