Thematically, Em explained that the album is more more "emotionally driven" than the first 'Relapse.' "The last record I made, I think I was concentrating more on spitting. On this album, I feel like there's some of that, but I went back to songs with [feelings] to them as opposed to just rap records."
To that end, Detroit's great white hope has secured sizeable amount of production help from someone outside of the Aftermath camp -- Just Blaze.
Just has been fairly quiet for the past couple of years, aside from the occasional smash hit i.e. T.I.'s "Live Your Life." He was absent from both Jay-Z and Fabolous' records, two artists he's worked consistently since he made his name on Jay's 'Blueprint' album, alongside Kanye West.
Just discussed his relationship with Em in a recent interview, saying, "We are working on 'Relapse 2' pretty heavily. As of yesterday,we've done about six or seven records. I go back in with him in a couple of weeks and do three or four more maybe. I've been quietly goin' back forth from New York to Detroit the past two months, just gettin' a feel for it and gettin' a feel for working with each other. He hasn't worked with too many people outside his camp. I haven't worked with him before. We got a good working relationship now, a good friendship now, so the records is comin' out good."
We haven't been this interested in hearing an Eminem record since 2000. Hopefully 'Relapse 2' actually receives a 2009 release date.