Eminem, Dr. Dre up to mischief in the studio

Fri Dec 12, 2008 4:11am EST
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Eminem says he and longtime collaborator Dr. Dre are "up to our old mischievous ways" working on the Detroit rapper's long-awaited new album.

"Relapse," a follow-up to 2004's "Encore," is due next spring through Eminem's Interscope-backed label Shady Records.

Dr. Dre put his own album, "Detox," on the backburner to help bring Eminem's project to completion.

"Me and Dre are back in the lab like the old days, man," the reclusive rapper said in an email interview with Billboard.

"Just him banging away on tracks and me getting that little spark that makes me write to it. I don't have chemistry like that with anyone else as far as producers go -- not even close. Dre will end up producing the majority of the tracks on Relapse.' We are up to our old mischievous ways ... let's just leave it at that."

A handful of songs intended for "Relapse" have leaked online, most recently "Crack a Bottle," leaving Eminem "really heated. It wasn't close to finished, and it even has me doing guide vocals for Dre as a suggestion of how he could lay his verses down. It's like someone catches you peeping in your window before you got the Spider Man costume all zipped up! Nobody is supposed to see that. We are gonna finish it up though and get it out there how it's supposed to be."

Eminem also responded to producer Swizz Beats' recent comment that he'd submitted a track for the project described as a sequel to the hit single "Stan," telling Billboard, "I haven't worked with Swizz on this album.

"There isn't a 'Stan 2,' and there won't be," he says. "Stan drove his car off a bridge and I'm not writing a song as Stan's ghost. That would just be really corny."   Continued...