Has Eminem run out of encores?

Eminem’s Early Retirement?
The rapper is apparently ready to hang up his mike, at least according to a report Friday in his hometown newpaper, the Detroit Free Press.
Citing sources close to the platinum-selling hip-hop star, the Free Press says the real Slim Shady will play his last concert in Dublin on Sept. 17.
The report also speculates that the rapper’s most recent release, Encore, will be his swan song, as he focuses on producing other rap artists.
Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s longtime manager, told the Press no final decision has been made regarding Em’s future plans. However, Rosenberg did say that Encore, which topped the charts when released in November, was “certainly the cap on this part of his career.” The rapper, known for his arch sense of humor, is pictured giving a final bow on the cover of the album and closes out the set with the track “Curtains Down.”
If indeed Encore is his last official offering as Eminem, the 33-year-old, born Marshall Mathers III, will go out as the best-selling hip-hop artist of all time. His four solo studio albums–1999’s The Slim Shady LP, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP, 2002’s The Eminem Show and Encore–have moved more than 25 million copies in the U.S. alone; he has generated sales of more than $1 billion worth of records.
He’s also won nine Grammys to go along with his Best Song Oscar for the 8 Mile track “Lose Yourself.”
Eminem has already established himself as a deft A&R man and producer, guiding the debut release of mega-selling Shady Records artist 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Em also produced two offerings from his Detroit rap crew D-12.
As with his other artists, Em will likely make a cameo on new prot√àg√à Stat Quo’s debut offering, Statlanta, due early next year on Shady/Aftermath. Quo, who has been touring on Eminem and 50 Cent’s Anger Management 3 trek, was hospitalized Wednesday after a tour bus crashed en route to a Denver concert. He is said to be recovering nicely and will likely rejoin the tour Sunday outside Seattle.
Of course, even if Eminem says he’s giving up the spotlight, it might be easier said than done. He need look no further than Jay-Z, who announced his retirement from the rap game late last year and has since guested on tracks with Linkin Park, OutKast, Kanye West and Memphis Bleek.