It's one of the most Shakespearean tales in music: Eminem comes from nothing and takes over the hip-hop world, only to watch as his only friends are slain, his family falls apart (even more than before) and he retreats to his Detroit Xanadu and reportedly gets real fat.
But now, hints are coming to light regarding Shady's possible comeback.
Vibe magazine reported today that the enigmatic MC was voted Best Rapper Alive in a readers poll that counted nearly a million ballots.
Last month, Nas spoke to BBC6 about the reclusive star and rumors of a comeback:
"I think that's one of the most exciting things hip hop can look forward to. He contributes so much lyrically and musically, he's amazing," said Nas.
Finally, Eminem will release a memoir entitled The Way I Am on Oct. 21 that will include previously unpublished lyric sheets and photos.
All told, it's smelling like the artist might be ready to come out again.