Relapse is the sixth studio album by American rapper Eminem.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor.

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The album was released on May 15, 2009, under Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records.

Shady Records is an American record label founded in 1999 by rapper Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg, after the highly successful release of Eminem's The Slim Shady LP.

Aftermath Entertainment is an American record label founded by hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre.

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It was his first album of original material since Encore, following a four-year hiatus from recording due to his writer's block and an addiction to prescription sleeping medication.

Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown.


Recording sessions for the album took place during 2007 to 2009 at several recording studios, and Dr. Dre, Mark Batson, and Eminem handled production.

A recording studio is a specialized facility for sound recording, mixing, and audio production of instrumental or vocal musical performances, spoken words, and other sounds.

Andre Romelle Young, better known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer and entrepreneur.


Conceptually, Relapse concerns the ending of his drug rehabilitation, rapping after a non-fictional relapse, and the return of his Slim Shady alter-ego.

Drug rehabilitation is the processes of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines.

An alter ego is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or true original personality.

In medicine, relapse or recidivism is a recurrence of a past condition.


One of the most anticipated album releases of 2009, Relapse debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 608,000 copies in its first week.


It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The Recording Industry Association of America is a continental North and South American trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States.


The album received mixed reviews from most music critics, who were divided in their responses towards Eminem's lyrics.


It has sold more than 2.3 million copies in the United States.

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