Complex has created two covers for the issue. One features Eminem in a throwback edition, with a design that calls back to 1992. Another cover features an updated design. The updated cover features the words “Time For Some Action.” On the retro version, the line reads “Time 4 Sum Aksion!”
In the cover story, titled “Back Issues,” Eminem talks about his upcoming release and compares it to the original.
“On the first Marshall Mathers LP there were some personal things that I addressed and on this record there are some chapters that I wanted to close,” Eminem says in the article. “This isn’t Recovery, where I was coming off some personal tragedies. I’m not coming off of a drug overdose. It’s more about going back to the basics of hip-hop and some fundamentals in that sense.”
During the interview, Eminem also talks about how person his lyrics have been.
“A lot of my career I put a lot of my life out there,” he says. “It was personal shit I would put out there and didn’t really give a fuck. Sometimes I think back and I’m like, ‘Damn, was I doing the right thing? How much of myself do I wanna put out there?’ In one aspect you want your fans to feel like they know you and connect with you. But then you’re like, ‘Man I got nothing to myself no more.’ I don’t want to give away how personal this shit is going to get.”
The magazine’s covers can be viewed below.