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the Razz: EMINEM: I'LL STAY IN SHADE; Exclusive Rapper reveals that he never wants to be a huge star again.

Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS AND LAURA SUTHERLAND

EMINEM is ready to return with his first new album in three years - but the rapper insists he has no intention of reclaiming his mantle as hip-hop's biggest star.

The Slim Shady idol released his last album, a 'best of' compilation Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005.

His fame also took its toll as he entered drug rehab for an addiction to sleeping pills after cancelling a series of European tour dates the same year.

But the US record producer and rapper is back and has been working with Dr Dre for the last five months on a new album, Relapse.

He said: "There's no desire to be that big again. Whatever happens I'll take it, but that's definitely not what I'll be recording the songs for."

Eminen added that he only wanted the record "to remind people how I rap".

He said: "I've accomplished enough with the music that I haven't had to go out there and do other things to over-saturate. That's probably what I take pride in most.

"But it's kind of Catch-22. I love the attention but I don't like too much of it."

Eminem, who has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, also derided most of today's rap music.

He told DJ Zane Lowe at Radio 1: "I don't mean everything about rap is crap. I just mean the majority of it.

"Actually I think T.I.'s new album is great and I've been pumping that for the last two weeks in my car.

"Andre 3000 is also incredible. I mean rap in general."

The star, real name Marshall Mathers, revealed he is excited about his upcoming record and admitted heen listed fellow rapper and super producer, Dr Dre, so he didn't have to worry about the production side.

Dre has worked on all Eminem's records except for his 1996 debut Infinite.

Enimen said: "For the last five months I've been working with Dre.

"There's going to be a lot of material, more than I've had on an album with him producing before.

"Obviously his beats are insane but aside from that I can rap, I can write and not worry about what the beat has to sound like and how loud a snare drum is.

"All those things are taken care of for me. I feel like a spoilt rapper. I get to pick and choose everything."

But Eminem has no desire to hit the road soon. He said: "I'm not saying I will or won't but I'm not ready to tour right now."

The rapper publishes his memoirs, Eminem: The Way I Am, this week.

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