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Eminem 'to quit' after Irish gig
Eminem has produced numerous artists as well as being a solo star
Rapper Eminem will stop performing after his current tour, his D-12 bandmate Proof has said.

Proof told the Detroit Free Press newspaper Eminem wants to concentrate on production work after his final tour date in County Meath on 17 September.

"Em has definitely got to the level where he feels like he's accomplished everything he can accomplish in rap," said Proof, real name Deshaun Holton.

Eminem's US and UK spokesmen were unavailable to comment.

'Bow out on top'

"He wants to kick back and get into the producing thing," said Proof. "Why not bow out while you're on top?"

Eminem, whose 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP sold 9.8 million copies, has recorded five solo albums.

He has also performed with rap group D-12 and worked as a producer on his own albums and on songs by artists including Xzibit, Jay-Z and Funkmaster Flex.

Eminem's manager, Paul Rosenberg, told the newspaper there was "no official decision" about Eminem's future.

But he said the US rapper's latest album, Encore, was "certainly the cap on this part of his career".

His current Anger Management world tour ends with a headline slot at Slane Castle in County Meath in September.

On Thursday 11 people were injured after a tour bus carrying members of Eminem's entourage crashed on a motorway in Missouri.

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