King Mathers was rumored to be Eminem’s final album before entering retirement. It was expected to be released in 2007, but was instead scrapped for the 2009 album Relapse.
The now scrapped album’s name and existence was first floated in the mainstream by Shady Records rapper Ca$his, who claimed that it would be released in late 2007. On the Jimmy Crack Corn Ca$his Remix, Ca$his raps the lines “King Mathers May need to blow up”.
However, Eminem’s publicist would later deny the alleged album or that he even had a project to release that year.
Many fans theorize that this album was meant to bring an end to Eminem’s career, due to the leak of several songs including “It’s Been Real”, which had lines directly stating that Eminem found the rap game to be tiring and was ready to call it quits.
Through word of several of Eminem’s colleagues on recording sessions and what he intended for his songs, fans have created several fan made mixtapes dedicated to King Mathers with the selected tracks being popularly thought of as potential tracks on the unreleased album. Many of these tracks were leaked, and some were instead released on Eminem Presents: The Re-Up and his deluxe studio album Relapse: Refill.
This album may have been cancelled due to Marshall’s OD in late 2007