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Today In Hip-Hop: Eminem Releases ‘Relapse’

On this day, May 15th, in hip-hop history…


2009: Today marks the 5th year anniversary of Eminem Relapse. After going multiplatinum in 2004 with Encore Eminem plan was to take a break from recording his own music and producing for other artist on his label, Shady Records. However things never materialized  took a turn for the worst for Marshall Mathers when he was forced to cancel his European and was treated for addiction to sleep medication. That spiraled into his brief 11-week remarriage to his former wife Kimberly Scott and then fell into a deep depression due to the death of his best friend and rapper DeShaun ‘Proof’ Holton, who was fatally shot outside a Detroit club. Proof death resulted in Em’s writers block and drug relapse resulting in him being hospitalized in 2008 for overdosing on methadone.

The overdose scared Eminem and he checked himself into a full 12-step program and turned his focus on his love for music. The concept behind Relapse was about Em rapping after he relapse from his drug rehabilitation and turning back into his alter-ego Slim Shady. Relapse debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 608,000 copies in its first week eventually going double platinum. Relapse boasted singles such as “3 a.m.,” “We Made You” and “Beautiful.” In 2009 Relapse became the best selling rap. Relapse won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for the 52nd Grammy Awards.

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