Not much of a fan of Recovery, Relapse, or Encore,
Recovery made me appreciate Encore a lot more because it was the last time he sounded, for the most part, like 'old Eminem' i.e. not shouting etc...I get tired of Recovery past Spacebound - minus So Bad and Untitled.
Relapse has some of his most enjoyable and imaginative word play possibly ever. It was at the tail end of his addiction, and his creative mind had probably hit its peak.
Rap God's kinda getting back to it.
People who don't let go of the past f*ck up progress. I really liked Recovery, but with so many Em fans crying about the old Em, it seems that he's trying to please a near sited group of people. Don't get me wrong I love his old Albums too, but I'm all about growth.
Most people think Jay-Z should go back to his Reasonable Doubt days, but if he stayed the same we wouldn't have gotten The Blueprint, Black Album, and American Gangster.
Even artist like Nas have grown. He used to have a hardcore bar for bar type flow, but now he's more creative with his rhyme schemes.