Ahead of the Sunday night’s (July 9) premiere of HBO’s The Defiant Ones — a docu-series based on the relationship between Dr. Dre and record executive Jimmy Iovine — director Allen Hughes spoke to Uproxx and revealed some interesting information. Most importantly, Hughes said Dr. Dre was in the studio working on Eminem’s next project, which would mark Slim Shady’s ninth studio album and follow-up to 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
“Dre still records,” Hughes said. “People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music.”
Although Aftermath/Interscope Records hasn’t mentioned anything about a potential Eminem album, Hughes comment about the “11th hour” alludes to some type of deadline. Considering the amount of time Hughes has presumably spent with Dre over the course of filming The Defiant Ones, he’s likely a credible source.
Eminem has been relatively quiet over the past few years, but he’s recently surfaced on social media to wish 50 Cent a happy birthday and pose for a photo with 2 Chainz on June 23.
All signs point to another offering from the mind of Shady, but for now, fans will have to wait.