Eminem new album 2016 release date: Is the rapper's recent performance with Drake a hint that he is ready for a comeback?

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The music industry is very small, more so the rap and hip-hop genre, which is why two of the most well-known rappers were able to share the same stage recently with Drake calling Eminem out on stage during his show in Detroit. This follows previous weeks of drama that suggested that the two musicians had a brewing beef rooted from their association with another rapper, Joe Budden.

The performance was short but enough to have the packed arena buzzing with excitement. The two were gracious to one another with Eminem even posting an Instagram photo of him and the Canadian singer. What is also interesting is that this is the first time in quite a while that Eminem has actually graced the stage, which begs the question of whether it is a preview of his much anticipated return to the spotlight.

All throughout this year, fans of the “Lose Yourself” rapper have been eagerly awaiting a supposed new album which has been heavily discussed in the rumor mill. Unfortunately, the 43-year-old’s camp has continued to be tight-lipped about the matter. Instead, he and his team have been busy venturing into other businesses, one of which is retail and merchandise via StockX. The newly launched site lets users trade off high-demand, limited edition products and first on their roster of items are sneakers.

“Sneakers have always been a huge interest of mine, for at least as long as I’ve been rapping, and I’m proud of the fact that I’ve had so many collaborations with Nike and Jordan Brand,” Eminem said in a StockX press release, referring to how and why he decided to invest in the business. “I really like the fact that sneakers are a big part of what StockX is doing. When I found out that they happen to be doing it from downtown Detroit, it made even more sense to get involved.”

Needless to say, if Eminem’s claimed 2016 album will really see the light of day, it should be sooner rather than later as the year is already slowly drawing to a close.