Eminem’s Relapse Cover Art Spills Onto The Net

One week after XXLMag.com previewed Eminem’s cover story from the upcoming June issue, Slim Shady posted the artwork to Relapse, his first solo album in over four years, on his Twitter account.

Under the post, “This is getting very real…” Em put a link to the colorful cover art, which features the Detroit MC’s image made up of a slew of pills against a black background. Staying with the theme, there is also a prescription order to the rapper under his birth name in the lower left hand corner by none other than Dr. Dre, who produced a majority of the disc.

The album picture addresses Shady’s long-standing drug problems. In the new XXL, he opens up about his addiction, which he blames for his absence. “I wasn’t ready mentally. I wasn’t ready to give up the drugs,” he told XXL editor in chief Datwon Thomas. “I didn’t really think I had a problem. Basically, I went in, and I came out. I relapsed, and I spent the next three years struggling with it. Also, at that time, I felt like I wanted to pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad. I felt like, maybe if I take a break, maybe this will help.”

Relapse, the first of two album Em plans on dropping this year, is set for release on May 19, while his XXL issue hits stands on May 5th. The special collector’s edition also includes an illustrated Marvel comic book with Em and The Punisher. – Elan Mancini

  • tommy gunz

    on it

    • mo

      Wow…it’s a fucking picture! And the album is going to be hot garbage. This nigga Em hasn’t been shit since infinite skills wise.

      • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

        haha GET EM!

    • CHEAA

      Anyone else think this is a copy of Paper Trail?

  • RWord

    Em swag ain’t the same though. Deeper Than Rap in stores NOW!

    Already #2 top album on iTunes on it first day.

    • xlwhite

      reading this makes me excited to hear it. think ‘slim shady’ may finally have come back, you know, that lyrical genius from slim shady lp and marshall mather’s lp? and the good doctor has even come back for most of it. if i listen to it and it’s not a terrible waste of money like encore then ill definately buy it. i just hope he actually has some shit to rap about and is lyrical and kinda angry and grimey slim again…same for 50 and his GRODT days…

      • xlwhite

        p.s. the cover is a tight concept, especially for the title and dr dre production. it’d be funny to see a meth or red man or snoop cd thats a collage of them in bud.

  • Devon

    Deeper than crap Vs Asser roth

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    I will have to hear it before I spend 12 bucks on it.
    More than I can say for Rick Ross or Asher Roth, neither of whom will be purchased.

    • mike

      I will agree. I really haven’t heard Asher’s music. And i have a real problem backing someone who lied about being a C.O. when you bragging bout being a Drug Boss. Should’ve just admitted in the first place.

  • Jamal7Mile

    I’m buying it, period! I got to.

  • dark vanilla

    It almost looks like T.I.’s cover for Paper Trail.

    • RWord

      Yeah, dude needs to be original. Em lose his swag, been out the game to long.

  • murK

    rick ross vs asher roth
    —————————

    c.o. vs. eminem clone

    def jam buys their own records vs. white suburbia loves college

    • mike

      Could’nt said it better. Thank you.

  • Shaun J

    this looks like T.I. Paper trail, i fucks with the pills though, im copin this disk FO SHO

  • macdatruest

    Shit look gross. Ugh!

  • Detroit Draper

    Yea it does look too much like the Paper Trail cover…

  • Stylistic

    Dag we got a lot of Eminem haters on this site. We need em back in the game because these niggas out now suck period! Same boring-ass rappers, (TI, Weezy, Ross, Kanye, 50, etc) same boring ass beats with average flows, who’s the greatest rapper alive when it took him 14 years to release a hit album, who’s a bawse and has only been in the game for 4 years, who’s got a fuckin mullet and liberaci’s jacket on doing emo shit, who gets a grammy for who he is, rather then what he puts out (Kingdom Come and American Gangster both sucked!) Music is at an all-time worst right now, and that bullshit down south is beyond played-out. Sorry but there’s a difference between hatin and realizing artists and the bullshit music they put out sucks!

    • RDS

      You’ve lost your fucking mind. American Gangster is crack in the stereo. THAT’S what I call “Deeper Than Rap”, fuck this other shit.

      Oh and the cover’s dope, no pun intended.

    • benjamin bixby III

      maybe u didnt know but the block is hot album…which is his (lil wayne)first album did well..so did his second and his group albums…..as far as rick ross..he has been doing it longer than 4 years in fact he been doing it since a lil before the all about the benjamins movie dropped….he had a different style….t.i album was full of good content…positive at that but i guess u missed it…the beats were tight lyrics on point on top of that every single he dropped went hard to the point it was like damn yall play that song waaaaay too much….as far as kanye…i kinda liked the album…i think if u lost ur mom and ur girl round the same time your album would sound a lil melancholy too. as far as jay z well yea ok true point lol

  • http://detroitrap.com JASON T

    I agree em is what the game needs rick ross must of paid a bunch of crack heads to comment on here then they ran off with his computer! lol

  • mazemayhim

    Phuck rap! I’m still slappin Santogold and The BoyBoy Young Mess. Em gon have to bring Royce back in order for me to cop an album. That’s it, that’s all.

  • DazzOne

    Emenim bitting T.I.’s album cover, wait…

  • DazzOne

    Lord have mercy, Jesus Christ…

  • JIMBO JONES

    who gives a shit what the cover looks as long as the album is fire…fuck it…who even saves album covers these days i just threw away T.I.s cover the other day i dont need to look at that shit! i just listen to it!

  • me

    eminem; relapse >>>>>>> Bitch Ross; Deeper Than Wack

  • Nate

    Wow ! Mo is hot garbage! But we already knew that from his past comments.

    Or you can buy Bitch Ross- Deeper than Crap in stores now. That’s where he shows you how he is the Boss Gay Bear- who likes callgirl male ho’s, and how cool he is stealing his babymom’s ride- he needed to pawn it for his internet video money. He’s already to deep, I mean Deeper than Crap in Debt from all the down payments on his leased Maybach’s and jewelry. Spinning the dice again to pay for his drug habit. If he loses that means overseas touring with Khia! Go Officer Go!

    Deeper in Debt- The Life of a posing bully who jailed his own people for a little dough. Buy it Today so he can be a fatter BOSS!

    Even Asher Roth is fresher with his ideas than Officer Ricky. And you know which one of the two would be the one to rat you out and which one would help you if you were stranded on the road…

    Fuck CO Ricky. Get the fat hoe a bib.

    Em keeps making that real music. I’ll buy Ricky when I want a fairytale story. He’s the true monkey, and 50′s boys would easily body him.

    Back to the point. Em is real hip hop. Double R is fake fat swag. It’s like eating fast food garbage to listen to his fat ass. Everything he makes is somewhat a copy of elements he has heard or seen in the past. If you like Ricky or Lil Bitch or Fatty Hoe you are ignorant of the real.

  • Nate

    Murk- watch his interviews or practice reading them. Eminem clone is nothing furthe from truth- it’s called evaluation of content….

    Asher is his own person. something different for the youth

    Believe it or not- a lot of those white people really did buy those albums this week, and all the other races too. They didn’t all become his friends, blog, follow the mixtape and internet movement and spend all their time and vested interest just to find it bootleg and get the cheap ass version. Now for Officer Ricky you are right on. I can see how 80 percent of his shit is bootlegged and downloaded, because he has some hot production aside from his mediocre rhymeskills. So his sales are truly suspect. But Asher doesn’t do the fakebeef to release a third album. this is his highly anticipated debut. I was surprised but understand that 6 plus million views of his first video says that he has received real interest.

    If you haven’t listed to Asher’s album and call him a Eminem clone- then you also should add that you think Eminem was exactly like Vanilla Ice and Marky M.

    Call up the elderly and middle aged so we can ask them if they like rap. I want to hear another person say. “Like MC Hammer”?

    Yeah, that’s it. Asher Roth is like Em, and Em is Like Vanilla, and Vanilla was like the Beastie Boys, and they were like….

    And don’t count Relapse to “be like” his other albums. Em will make something new..

  • Q!tha Great!

    i’m confused, is this about Eminem or Rick Ross or Asher Roth? WTF are ya’ll talking about!?!?

    Eminem will probably drop a good album, he has alot to talk about.

    Don’t know much about asher ORth but now I’m curious, and Rick Riss may be mediocre but still sell well because he can make a hit record.

  • Nate

    Asher and Rick Ross comparisons are made because:

    They are both released this week-

    In this day of sales comparisons idiots think that Ross’s sales equate his talent as a rapper. And they equate his worth to Asher’s this week based on 1st week sales, something you will see on XXL articles next Wednesday.

    Asher was compared above by Murk and other losers to Eminem since he blew up.

    As far as talent is concerned Asher (who isn’t at all like Em) is better than Officer Ricky.

    My point with Asher is that he is just the “Artist of the week” being released that is better than Ross. People will compare Asher’s and Eminem’s sales to Ricky, so it’s all important seeing as how Rick is calling out Em and acting like he’s the biggest (fattest) in the game right now- nothing further from the truth- Truth is Em’s album might be this years best. Ross’s most overrated, Asher’s best new white rapper since Em’s debut in 1999.

    Very significant.

  • ThE AnsweR

    I CAN’T BELIEVE SOME OF U NIGGAZ ACTUALLY THINK RICK ROSS IS BETTER THAN EM… ROSS AINT NO WHERE NEAR EMINEM! HE AINT NO WHERE NEAR 50 EITHER! EVEN LLOYD BANKS SMASHED HIS ASS!

    SOME OF YA’LL ARE STRAIGHT BUGGIN!
    DENIAL? …YES!

    C’MON NIGGAZ WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!

    “HELP BRING BACK REAL HIP HOP!”

  • DazzOne

    Eminem has not given a reason to buy this new album…why?
    1.The first single from the album is WACK AS HEEEELLL!!!!
    2. His last album Encore was HOT garbage. FACE IT… Em’s been falling off every since The Marshall Mathers LP.

  • DazzOne

    That’s ONE hot album every 10 year average and that’s so
    LLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMME!

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    “CAPPS LOCKED”
    MAN SLIM SHADY IS GOIN TO KILL ANOTHER NIGGA RAPPER THE WAY HE KILLED ALL NIGGA RAPPERS BEFORE THIS KLOWN DICK ROSS, AND IM SICK AND FUCKEN TIRED OF ASHER ROTH PUBLICITY, SHIT IS SO FUCKEN ANOYING…………………….
    HE SOUND LIKE EM WHEATHER HE DOESNT MEAN TO OR NOT, THATS LIKE SOME BROTHER COMING OUT AND SAYING “FA SHIZZO MY NIZZO” EVERY BODY KNOW WHO THE FUCK THAT IS……… SO ALL YALL KAN EAT A DICK…………………….

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/KINSNSPACE KIN CAMELL

    PEACE,FROM THE BAY!

    THE DR + EM = PROPER GEM.

    COME VIBE (ANYTIME).
    KIN CAMELL (GOOGLE THAT)

    PEACE TO YOU & YOURS.

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