Eminem is killing it in 2022 with one success after another for his previous albums. Slim Shady often makes headlines due to the enormous success of his albums, songs, and music videos. Eminem’s “Relapse” album just surpassed 1.5 billion Spotify streams.
Marshall Mathers’ project, which was released in May 2009, is his ninth album to exceed 1.5 billion streams on the platform. Despite being damaged and rushed by pre-release leaks, the album sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week. Despite being underappreciated by critics, “Relapse” earned Eminem another Grammy for Best Rap Album and established a large cult following among hip hop fans.
The road to Relapse was rocky. Encore was released in 2004 as a bridge between the rap-rock brilliance of The Eminem Show and the greatest hits album, Curtain Call, which was released the following spring.
The album includes the song “Beautiful,” in which Eminem raps about his drug addiction issues. Eminem underwent drug rehabilitation in August 2005 to treat a sleep medicine addiction. In an interview with Vibe magazine, Eminem revealed that this song was the only one he preserved from the recordings he made during that difficult time in his life.
“One of the only reasons that I put that track on there is that I feel like it’s the best song out of that batch that I did when I wasn’t sober. At the time I felt like, ‘This is it for me.’ I wrote the first verse and a half in rehab, and when I came out, I finished it. It was the only song that marks that period without bringing me back to that place. Every other track not only didn’t fit with the album, but when I listened to it, it would bring up bad memories.”
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