Two of the most anticipated hip hop releases of the year, Eminem's Relapse and 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct have both been pushed to 2009 release dates. Although neither release date has been specified, the usual reliable insiders and record label sources say that both can be expected sometime in the first quarter.
Eminem’s Relapse, which the rapper announced earlier this year, on his Sirius Satelite radio show Shade 45, was produced by Dr. Dre, and will be his first album of new material since 2004’s Encore, which sold 5 million copies.
50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct was originally set for a December release date, but has been postponed until 2009 in order to better set up retail marketing and advertising plans according to Billboard.com.
The album prominently featuring both Eminem and Dr. Dre.
With Dr. Dre’s own also expected in the first quarter of 2009, the “three-headed monster” (as described by 50 Cent himself) of releases by three of hip-hop’s biggest superstars could prove to be a recession proof answer to prayer for the ailing record industry.
Eminem - Im having a relapse