Eminem waited three years to release the follow-up to 2010′s Recovery album. In today’s music market a break that long can be career suicide, but fortunately Em’s die-hard fan base stayed with him and helped the “Rap God” performer push his The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to the second biggest first week sales of the year.
Speaking with France’s NRJ radio Em explained that part of the reason for the long gap between solo projects was simply due to his own laziness.
“It’s basically because I’m lazy that it took so long. Now that the album is done, I’m finally going to shower,” said Em.
While the Detroit emcee claims lethargy was to blame for his break, he also notes that he was actually pretty busy over the last few years focusing on his Shady Records roster.
“I did the Recovery album then I started working on some side projects for Shady Records,” said Slim. ”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.”
Since Recovery dropped Shady Records released Bad Meet Evil’s Hell: The Sequel, Yelawolf’s Radioactive, and Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to: Our House. The label’s latest project, MMLP2, pushed 792,000 units in its opening week debuting at number one on the charts.
Check out Eminem’s performing “Rap God” at the YouTube Music Awards below: