Where has Eminem been since his last album hit the shelves in 2004? At first, mostly drowning in a sea of depression and prescription drugs, the rapper says in an interview with the Guardian. But for a year now he's been clean and focused on getting back to his roots—which means drawing inspiration from serial killer films.
"I did find myself watching a lot of documentaries on serial killers," Eminem says, citing an interest in "the way a serial killer's mind works, just the psychology of them." But though his new album, Relapse, does have a theme of violence, it also contains the song "Beautiful," a revealing snapshot of Eminem's once crushing depression.