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Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent: 'Crack A Bottle'

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Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent: 'Crack A Bottle'
Released on Monday, Feb 2 2009

"We are up to our old mischievous ways... let's just leave it at that," said Eminem at the end of the last year when asked about his impending Relapse album. The rapper hasn't released a studio set since 2004's underwhelming Encore and Marshall Mathers III may not seem as controversial as he did at the tail end of the '90s, but few records this year will be as eagerly anticipated as this one.

Never one for discretion or subtlety, he announces his return thus: "With a record of 17 rapes, 400 assaults and four murders, the undisputed most diabolic villain in the world... Slim Shady!" It may not be his smartest lyric, but the rapper still knows how to push people's buttons. Elsewhere, he even manages to shoehorn the words "Worcestershire sauce" into this comeback track. 50 Cent's vocal contributions could easily be ditched and the line "lick the wonder cheese from under my nuts" is just plain awful, but Dre's beats are still swinging, suggesting the five-year wait for a new album may yet be worth it.

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