Personnel: Eminem; Bobby Creekwater, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Nate Dogg, Obie Trice, Proof, Bizarre, Kuniva, Stat Quo, Cashis.
A little over two years after his hugely successful fourth solo album, ENCORE, the Warren, Michigan, native and rap icon returns with a compilation album–originally conceived as a mixtape–that serves to showcase his own label, Shady Records, and its formidable line-up of artists. While EMINEM PRESENTS: THE RE-UP is far from a solo album, Eminem himself is responsible for much of the album’s heat, producing the majority of the tracks and making vocal appearances on seven songs (including three solo joints).
Shady protegees Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Swifty McVay, Kuniva, and Mr. Porter, newcomers Bobby Creekwater and Ca$his, as well as established stars like 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Nate Dogg are allotted time to shine. One of THE RE-UP’s strongest assets, though, is the participation of another industry giant, the Alchemist, who (aside from laying down a handful of the album’s tightest beats) worked as DJ archivist, putting the track list together to provide the necessary street mixtape feel. Release features unreleased material from Eminem, 50 Cent, Obie Trice, D-12 and more.