So now the word is Eminem is not retiring:
A recent article in the Detroit Free Press stated that Em was set to retire following a concert in Dublin, Ireland on September 17th. Supposedly, last year’s Encore was scheduled to be Slim’s last release as he readies to focus on production rather than rap. However, Em addressed the retirement rumors during his Anger Management 3 set at Washington’s White River Amphitheatre.
"How many of you all read the tabloids? Cause there’s some sh!t goin’ around that I’m retiring," Em told the crowd.
Slim then noted that the article next to the retirement story was a piece about the moon "to blow up today." He then added, "I’m retiring? then I guess the moon just blew up" before mooning the crowd. Em added that if he ever retired and decided to come back his new stage name would be "Rain Man."
Em’s publicist is then quoted as saying that this album and tour are "…the close of the first chapter of Eminem’s career. Beyond that, no decisions have been made." So he’s basically dong some Jay-Z shit and semi-half-ass retiring on some I don’t wanna deal with the pressure but I still may wanna make music shit. Oh well, sorry E Dubbz you ain’t getting rid of that cracka ass cracka that easy.