On this day, exactly 7 years ago (December 21, 2009), Eminem Released Relapse: Refill. Because Eminem recorded far more material than he could use for Relapse and felt that he had to offer his fans more music after staying on hiatus for so long, fellow D12 member Swift confirmed that Eminem in fact had planned to put out two albums the same year, following with Relapse 2, in late 2009.
According to Angela Yee’s Shade 45 interview with Eminem on April 23, 2009, Relapse 2 was to be a continuation of Relapse. During the interview, Eminem confirmed: “It’s extremely close to being finished, it just depends on how many songs I want to put on it.” Eminem also explained the album was more “emotionally driven” than Relapse, which was, as he explains, “just rap records”.
Guest appearances were expected to come from the likes of Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, D12, Royce da 5’9″, Lloyd Banks and Ca$his.The album was subsequently pushed back for an early 2010 release, so Eminem decided to re-release Relapse as Relapse: Refill with seven new tracks, including the single “Forever” (originally on More Than a Game soundtrack) and “Taking My Ball” (released with DJ Hero), as well as five previously unreleased tracks. On its re-release, Eminem stated: “I want to deliver more material for the fans this year like I originally planned. Hopefully these tracks on The Refill will tide the fans over until we put out Relapse 2 next year.”
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