“Relapse” is literally just around the corner, and rapper Eminem is pulling out the big guns in preparation for the release of what is hailed as his much-anticipated, long overdue comeback album. Among his arsenal of choice is also making his debut album, the 1996 “Infinite,” available for free download, as NME informs.
The download link has been made available courtesy of Em’s longtime pal and collaborator 50 Cent, on a special Fiddy page that also includes a countdown to “Relapse.” For those who are not in the know, “Infinite” is rather hard to come by since it was released before Eminem became famous, under a different label and has since been deleted, the music-oriented publication informs, which only makes it a much more thoughtful present for fans.
“The album was originally released by Web Entertainment and features the production and rapping skills of his D-12 band-mates Kon Artis, Eye-Kyu and the late Proof.” NME further explains about the new offer. Along with it, Eminem has prepared yet another surprise for his fans, which also comes in the form of a free download: those who pre-order “Relapse” now will also get a free song with their album. As noted above, clearly the rapper is pulling all the stops to make sure his comeback is well received by fans and critics.
Speaking of critics, just the other day, the rapper caused quite a stir on the Internet after one of the tracks off “Relapse” leaked and Nick Cannon got to hear it. The moment he heard the lyrics, in which Eminem takes repeated stabs at the woman he reportedly dated for a short while, pop diva Mariah Carey, Cannon took to his blog to challenge Eminem to a “man-to-man” confrontation and to tell him off for trying to build a name for himself on the reputation of one of the greatest black female performers of our times.
“This so-called man has just disrespected and slanderized one of the world’s most significantly influential artists, one of the most notable BLACK females of our time, the incredibly cherished, globally loved and world-embraced woman of color, Mariah Carey! Holler at me on some grown man [expletive]. Man to man, let’s meet up and deal with this like adults. This is my invitation to you, whenever and wherever you like sir. So when you come out of your introverted hiding place and ask your bodyguards if you can go out and play by yourself, I’m here Pimp! because I guess it’s going to take a corny, wack rapping, boy toy from Nickelodeon to set you straight.” Cannon wrote in a blog post that was deleted shortly after.