Eminem Shelves Relapse 2 in Favour of Recovery

Eminem Shelves <i>Relapse 2</i> in Favour of <i>Recovery</i>
Last year, Eminem broke a long silence with the release of Relapse. As we stated in our review, the album was mostly a disappointment, falling "just short of being the kick in the ass that the rap game needs right now." Em followed this up by promising that he had a full other album of material ready to go, and planned to release Relapse 2 in November of 2009. Five months later, Eminem has finally decided to shelve the album.

In a straightforward tweet, the rapper born Marshall Mathers wrote, "There is no Relapse 2." Before fans get into too deep a funk, however, don't worry. The MC later released a statement explaining that he'd still be releasing a new album in 2010, but that it would be called Recovery.

"I had originally planned for Relapse 2 to come out last year," he said. "But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title."

Recovery is said to be coming out on June 22, but don't be surprised if that release date is shuffled a few times. The album is set to feature production from Just Blaze, DJ Khalil, Jim Jonsin and frequent Drake collaborator Boi-1da.