Eminem has come out of his self-imposed retirement and has started work on a new album.
The rapper has undergone a difficult year with the break-up of his short-lived remarriage to Kim Mathers and the murder of his close friend Proof, during a time when he was supposed to be escaping the pressures of fame.
However, according to fellow hip-hop star Akon, a â€œboredâ€ Slim Shady has started recording again â€“ and Akon is happy to take the credit.
He says, â€œEminem told me he was getting bored with everything, which is why he took a break. But he's back working on an album and I've got some records ready for him to use on it.
"I know him through Obie Trice and we've talked about doing something together for so long, but our schedules made it impossible. It was our chemistry that got him out of retirement."