latest chart-topping set, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"? According to the man himself, the explanation is simple.
"It's basically because I'm lazy that it took so long," he admitted in an interview with France's NRJ Radio. "Now that the album is done, I'm finally going to shower."
Of course, this is classic Em-understatement. Digging a little deeper, it doesn't appear that the superstar was exactly being lazy; it seems more that other projects were taking up his time directly after the release of his last album, 2010's "Recovery."
"I started working on some side projects for Shady Records, the label," he explained of that period. "I did some producing on a Yelawolf album and the Slaughterhouse album. I did a collaboration album with Royce tha '59 called 'Bad Meets Evil.' In the middle of all that I was recording for this album."
That certainly sounds as if he were keeping himself busy. Still, the rapper has been fingered for slacking off/not giving it his all several times before. Just earlier this month, in fact, he was accused of lip-syncing on "Saturday Night Live" — or, at the very least, giving an underwhelming performance at the one time he should have been on fire; i.e., mere days before the release of "The Marshall Mathers LP 2." (A rep later told TMZ that Em was actually rapping over a vocal track: "He just likes this sound and if you listen to his albums they are done the same way.")
And, adding to the whole slacker-y image, Em shocked/amused football fans across the nation in September when he was interviewed on ESPN during halftime of this year's Michgan-Notre Dame matchup. After gazing slack-jawed at the camera, he told sportscasters Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger he wasn't used to live TV. He followed that up with a string of inane commentary, including a laughable "prediction" for the Detroit Lions game the following day.
Lazy or not, one thing about Eminem that is not moving slowly whatsoever is his popularity. "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," released Nov. 5, debuted easily at No. 1, with first-week sales of nearly 800,000.
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