Eminem's Relapse: Back to His Old Tricks

The same old Eminem returns to a whole new world with his first studio album since 2004

Karin Catt


"I guess it's time for you to hate me again," says Eminem hopefully on Relapse, his first new studio album since November 2004. Not so fast, buddy. Measured in the dog years that make up a rap star's career, an epoch has passed since most people have thought about Eminem, let alone been riled up by him, and the world hardly paused in his absence. Dozens of events, from the political (a black President makes the novelty of a white rapper seem kind of insignificant) to the personal (Eminem's struggle with a sleeping-pill addiction rendered him worthy of sympathy),...

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