Release date: May 15, 2009
Photography: Julian Alexander, Karin Catt
Art direction: Julian Alexander
Graphic design: Julian Alexander
Labels: Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Eminem released the artwork for Relapse through his Twitter account in 2009. Following the intensely personal arc of his work, this artwork is meant to mirror his struggle with addiction to prescription drugs. The image shows Eminem's face made out of a mosaic of thousands of pills, with a prescription drug label made out to Em by Dr. Dre.
The entire album artwork follows this rubric, from front to back, including a tracklist that looks as if it's been ripped from a bottle of pills. Grammy Award-winning art director Julian Alexander designed and executed the concept, one that inspired many to recreate the look. —Dale Eisinger